Aniakchak National Monument & Preserve

Aniakchak National Monument & Preserve

Address:#1 King Salmon Mall
PO Box 245
King Salmon, AK 99613

Phone:907-246-3305
Fax:907-246-2116
Web: www.nps.gov/ania/
Size: 137,176 acres (monument) and 464,117 acres (preserve).
Established: Proclaimed as Aniakchak National Monument on December 1, 1978; established as a national monument and preserve on December 2, 1980.
Location:450 miles south of Anchorage on the roadless Alaska Peninsula. Air charters fly from King Salmon to Meshik Lake, Surprise Lake, or Aniakchak, Amber, or Kujulik bays on the Pacific Ocean. King Salmon has daily commercial air service from Anchorage.
Facilities:None.
Activities:Hiking, rafting, fishing, hunting, primitive camping.
Special Features:The 2,500-foot-deep Aniakchak Caldera, covering some 30 square miles, is one of the great dry calderas in the world. Located in the volcanically active Aleutian Mountains, the Aniakchak formed during a massive eruption 3,500 years ago and last erupted in 1931. The crater includes lava flows, cinder cones, and explosion pits, as well as Surprise Lake, source of the Aniakchak River, which cascades through a 1,500-foot gash in the crater wall.

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