The Bush (Alaska)

In Alaska, the bush typically refers to any region of the state not connected to the North American road network[1] or ready access to the state's ferry system. A large proportion of Alaska's native populations live in the bush, often substantially depending on subsistence hunting and fishing.[2][3]

Geographically, the bush comprises the Alaska North Slope; Northwest Arctic; West, including the Baldwin and Seward Peninsulas; the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta; Southwest Alaska; Bristol Bay; Alaska Peninsula; and remote areas of the Alaska Panhandle and Interior.

Some of the larger, hub communities in the bush, which typically can be reached by larger, commercial airplanes, include Bethel,[2] Dillingham,[2] King Salmon,[2] Nome,[1][2] Utqiagvik,[1][2] Kodiak Island,[1] Kotzebue,[2] and Unalaska-Dutch Harbor.[2]

Most parts of Alaska that are off the road or ferry system can be reached by small bush airplanes.[1] Travel between smaller communities or to and from hub communities is typically accomplished by snow machines, boats, or ATVs.[2]


  1. Wohlforth, Charles P. (2007). Alaska for Dummies (3rd ed.). For Dummies. p. 364. ISBN 978-0-471-94555-0.
  2. DeVaughn, Melissa (2008). The Unofficial Guide to Adventure Travel in Alaska (2nd ed.). John Wiley and Sons. p. 457. ISBN 978-0-470-22899-9.
  3. Wohlforth, Charles P. (2007). Frommer's Alaska 2008. Frommer's. p. 434. ISBN 978-0-470-15288-1.
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