Information About

Alsek River

Quick Facts

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Location

59 ° 7' 40" N,
138 ° 37' 14" W

Region

Yakutat

Length

240 mi (386.24 km)

Elevation

10 ft (3.05 m)

Uses

Alsek River in Detail.

About

Heads in Canada and flows south 240 miles to Gulf of Alaska at Dry Bay, 49 miles southeast of Yakutat; St. Elias Mountains.

History

native name reported by Captain Tebenkov (1852, map 7), Imperial Russian Navy (IRN), as "R(eka) Alsekh," or "Alsekh River.: Behring" by La Perouse in 1786, "Jones River" by the New York Times Expedition in 1886, and "Harrison River" by U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USC&GS) in 1890. The name "Alsek River" was originally adopted by the United States and Canada in 1891.