Southwest Alaska is a region of the U.S. state of Alaska, part of the Alaska Bush. Lake Clark is a Lake in southern Alaska. It drains through Six Mile Lake and the Newhalen River into Iliamna Lake. This list of regions of the United States includes official (governmental and non-official areas within the borders of the United States, not including U A US state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of the United States of America that share Sovereignty with the federal government Alaska ( Аляска Alyaska) is a state in the United States of America, in the northwest of the North American continent Much like other roadless or remote parts of Australia and Africa the state of Alaska in the United States has area commonly referred to as " the Bush "
Like all regions of the state, it has no formal boundaries; one rough definition includes the Aleutians East, Bristol Bay, Kodiak Island, and Lake and Peninsula boroughs and the Aleutians West, Bethel, Dillingham, and Wade Hampton census areas, plus the portion of the Kenai Peninsula Borough west of Cook Inlet. Aleutians East Borough (əˈljuːʃənz is a 2nd class borough located in the U Bristol Bay Borough is a borough of the US state of Alaska located on Bristol Bay or Iilgayaq Bay Kodiak Island Borough is a borough located in the state of Alaska, United States. Lake and Peninsula Borough is a borough located in the state of Alaska, United States. Aleutians West Census Area is a Census area located in the US Bethel Census Area is a Census area located in the US state of Alaska. Dillingham Census Area is a Census area located in the state of Alaska, United States. Wade Hampton Census Area is a Census area located in the US state of Alaska. Kenai Peninsula Borough is a borough of the US state of Alaska with a population of 49700 at the 2000 census. Cook Inlet stretches from the Gulf of Alaska to Anchorage in south-central Alaska. By this definition, Southwest Alaska has an area of 442,194 km² (170,732 mi²).
This area, in turn, can be divided into six subregions: the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, the Bristol Bay area, the Alaska Peninsula, the Aleutian Islands, the Kodiak Archipelago, and the Pribilof Islands. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is one of the biggest River deltas in the world roughly the size of Oregon. Bristol Bay ( Iilgayaq in Central Yup'ik) is the eastern-most arm of the Bering Sea, at 57° to 59° North 157° to 162° West The Alaska Peninsula is a Peninsula extending about 800 km (500 miles to the southwest from the mainland of Alaska and ending in the Aleutian Islands. The Aleutian Islands (possibly from Chukchi aliat, " Island " are a chain of more than 300 small volcanic islands forming a Volcanic The Kodiak Archipelago is an Archipelago, or group of Islands south of main land mass of the state of Alaska ( United States) about 405 km (252 The Pribilof Islands (often called the Fur Seal Islands, Russian: Kotovi) are a group of four Volcanic islands part of the US state
Much of Southwest Alaska is part of the Aleutian volcanic arc, and the region contains most of Alaska's volcanoes, including Mount Katmai, Novarupta and the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, Mount Redoubt, Mount Iliamna, and Augustine Volcano. Plate tectonics and hotspots Divergent plate boundaries At the Mount Katmai is a large Stratovolcano (composite volcano on the Alaska Peninsula in southern Alaska, located within Katmai National Park and Novarupta, meaning "new eruption" is a Volcano located on the Alaska Peninsula in the Katmai, about southwest of Anchorage. The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes is a Valley within Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska which is filled with ash flow from the Mount Redoubt, or Redoubt Volcano, is an active Volcano and is the highest peak in the Aleutian Range in Alaska. Mount Iliamna is a Glacier -carved Volcanic Peak located approximately 215 km (134 mi southwest of Anchorage on the west side of lower Cook } Augustine Volcano is a Stratovolcano on Augustine Island in southwestern Cook Inlet in the Kenai Peninsula Borough of southcentral coastal
Southwest Alaska contains numerous state and federal protected areas. Protected areas are locations which receive protection because of their environmental cultural or similar value These include:
Southwest Alaska had a population of 53,349 as of the 2000 census, less than one-tenth of Alaska's inhabitants. The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge (often shortened to Alaska Maritime or AMNWR) is a United States National Wildlife Refuge comprising 2400 The Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge is a United States National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Alaska whose use is regulated as an ecological-protection Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve is a US National Monument and National Preserve, consisting of the region around the Aniakchak Volcano The Izembek National Wildlife Refuge is the smallest of the National Wildlife Refuges located in the U Katmai National Park and Preserve is a United States National Park in southern Alaska, notable for the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes and for its Brown The Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge is a wilderness area in the Kodiak Archipelago in southwestern Alaska, United States. Established in 1980 by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is a United States National Park Wood-Tikchik State Park is a State park in the US state of Alaska north of Dillingham. The Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge is a United States National Wildlife Refuge covering about 19 million Acres (77000 km² in southwestern The Aleutian Range is a major Mountain range of southwest Alaska, extending from Chakachamna Lake (80 miles/130 km southwest of Anchorage to Unimak The Chigmit Mountains are a subrange of the Aleutian Range in the Kenai Peninsula and Lake and Peninsula Boroughs of the U The Kuskokwim Mountains is a range of mountains in the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska, United States, west of the Alaska Range and southeast The Kuskokwim River is the 9th largest river in the United States of America ranked by average discharge volume at its mouth 17th The Kvichak River is a river in southwestern Alaska, located at the conjunction of the Alaska Peninsula, to the Alaska mainland at about With headwaters in Naknek is a Census-designated place located in Bristol Bay Borough in the U The Newhalen River is a river in southern Alaska, at about. It begins at Six Mile Lake and flows south to Iliamna Lake. The Nushagak River is a River in southwest Alaska, at about 60°50' North 154° West The Yukon River is a major watercourse of northwestern North America. Becharof Lake is a long Lake on the Alaska Peninsula of the U Lake Clark is a Lake in southern Alaska. It drains through Six Mile Lake and the Newhalen River into Iliamna Lake. Naknek Lake is a Lake in southern Alaska, near the base of the Alaska Peninsula, at about. Kodiak (Кадьяк is one of 6 communities and the main city on Kodiak Island in Kodiak Island Borough in the U The largest cities were Kodiak (6,334), Bethel (5,471), Unalaska/Dutch Harbor (4,283), and Dillingham (2,466). Kodiak (Кадьяк is one of 6 communities and the main city on Kodiak Island in Kodiak Island Borough in the U Bethel ( Mamterilleq in Central Alaskan Yup'ik) is a city located near the west coast of the U Unalaska ( Iluulux̂ in Aleut) is a small city in the Aleutians West Census Area of the Unorganized Borough of the U Dillingham (ˈdɪlɪŋhæm or Curyung, is a city in Dillingham Census Area, Alaska, United States.
The population is in large part Alaska Native, with 58. Alaska Natives are Indigenous peoples of the Americas native to the state of Alaska within the United States. 1% identifying as entirely or partly "Native American" in the 2000 census. Natives in Southwest Alaska are mainly Central Yupik in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and Bristol Bay areas, Alutiiq on the eastern Alaska Peninsula and Kodiak Island, Aleut in the Aleutians, Pribilofs, and the western Alaska Peninsula, and a few Dena'ina Athabaskans near the western shore of Cook Inlet. The Yupik or in the Central Alaskan Yup'ik language, Yup'ik, are a group of indigenous or aboriginal peoples of western southwestern and southcentral The Alutiiq (plural Alutiit) also called Pacific Yupik or Sugpiaq, are a southern coastal people of the Yupik peoples of Alaska. The Aleuts ( self-denomination from Aleut language allíthuh 'community' older or regional self-denomination Unangax̂, Unangan or The Dena’ina (also Tanaina) are an Alaska Native people an extended tribe of American Indian lineage Athabaskan or Athabascan (also Athapascan, Athapaskan, Athabasca Indians or Athapaskes) is the name of a large group of closely
Most of the smaller settlements rely on subsistence activities. Subsistence is the food necessary to sustain life The following is a list of subsistence techniques: Hunting and Gathering Fishing, both commercial and recreational, is a mainstay of the economy, along with hunting and tourism. For the computer security term see Phishing. Fishing is the activity of catching Fish. The fishing industry includes any industry or activity concerned with taking culturing processing preserving storing transporting marketing or selling fish or fish products Recreational fishing, also called sport fishing, is Fishing for Pleasure or Competition. Hunting is the practice of pursuing Animals for Food, Recreation, or Trade. Tourism is Travel for Recreational or Leisure purposes The World Tourism Organization defines tourists as people who "travel Kodiak and Unalaska are among the most productive fishing ports in the United States. The salmon, trout, king crab, and halibut fisheries are extremely lucrative. Salmon is the common name for several species of Fish of the family Salmonidae. Trout is the common name given to a number of Species of Freshwater Fish belonging to the Salmonidae family King crabs, also called stone crabs, are a family of Crab -like decapod Crustaceans chiefly found in cold seas A halibut is a type of Flatfish Bristol Bay's commercial sockeye salmon industry is the largest in the world. Bristol Bay ( Iilgayaq in Central Yup'ik) is the eastern-most arm of the Bering Sea, at 57° to 59° North 157° to 162° West Sockeye salmon ( Oncorhynchus nerka) also called red salmon or blueback salmon, is an Anadromous Species of Salmon
Southwest Alaska is currently embroiled in controversy over a number of proposed resource extraction projects. These include the proposed Pebble Mine, which would put a large open pit gold and copper mine at the headwaters of the Nushagak River and Kvichak River rivers in the Bristol Bay watershed. Pebble Mine is the common name of an advanced mineral exploration project investigating large Copper, Gold, and Molybdenum deposits in the Bristol Bristol Bay ( Iilgayaq in Central Yup'ik) is the eastern-most arm of the Bering Sea, at 57° to 59° North 157° to 162° West Also, the federal government is seeking to lift the moratorium on oil drilling leases in Bristol Bay. West Texas PumpjackJPG|thumb|right|300px|This Pumpjack located south of Midland TX is a common sight in West Texas. Bristol Bay ( Iilgayaq in Central Yup'ik) is the eastern-most arm of the Bering Sea, at 57° to 59° North 157° to 162° West
Southwest Alaska is one of the richest salmon areas in the world, with the world's largest commercial salmon fishery in Bristol Bay. Salmon is the common name for several species of Fish of the family Salmonidae. Bristol Bay ( Iilgayaq in Central Yup'ik) is the eastern-most arm of the Bering Sea, at 57° to 59° North 157° to 162° West It also has one of the highest concentrations of brown bears, feeding on the salmon, as well as berries and other vegetation. The Brown Bears is a name shared by all sports teams at Brown University, a University located in Providence Rhode Island in the United States Bear watching is a popular tourist attraction at Katmai National Park and Preserve. Katmai National Park and Preserve is a United States National Park in southern Alaska, notable for the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes and for its Brown This area is also home to a number of caribou herds - the Mulchatna herd is the third largest in the state. The western limit for both caribou and bears is on Unimak Island, first in the Aleutian chain. Unimak Island ( Unimax in Aleut) is the largest Island in the Aleutian Islands chain of the U More western Aleutian Islands have no mammals larger than a fox. The Aleutian Islands (possibly from Chukchi aliat, " Island " are a chain of more than 300 small volcanic islands forming a Volcanic A fox is an Animal belonging to any one of about 27 Species (of which only 12 actually belong to the Vulpes genus or 'true foxes' of small In the summer, many species of migratory birds nest on the tundra here, and there are many large seabird rookeries in the Aleutian Islands. The Aleutian Islands (possibly from Chukchi aliat, " Island " are a chain of more than 300 small volcanic islands forming a Volcanic
There are no major road connections anywhere in Southwest Alaska, except occasionally between neighboring settlements. All transportation is by air or sea. Alaska Airlines serves the larger population centers; PenAir and, formerly, Reeve Aleutian Airways provide more complete coverage. Alaska Airlines, ( is an airline based in SeaTac, Washington, United States, near Seattle. Peninsula Airways, usually called PenAir, is an American Airline based in Anchorage, Alaska, USA. Reeve Aleutian Airways was an Airline based in the US state of Alaska. Alaska Marine Highway ferries connect coastal settlements to the ports of Southcentral Alaska, while river barges are common in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Alaska Marine Highway or the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS is a Ferry service operated by the government of the U BARGE, the Big August RecGambling Excursion is a yearly convention held in Las Vegas during the first weekend of August The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is one of the biggest River deltas in the world roughly the size of Oregon.