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Adak, Alaska

Pronounced A-dack.

Adak, Alaska is the southern-most community in Alaska.

Location / Coordinates:  Adak, Alaska is almost at the end of the Aleutian Chain. Adak, Alaska looks out over Kuluk Bay on Adak Island. 1,300 miles, or three hours flight southwest of Anchorage and 350 miles west of Unalkaska (Dutch Harbor, Alaska). Adak, Alaska is in an unincorporated borough.

Coordinates: Latitude N51.87, Longitude W-176.62.

Population / Elevation: Just over 160 people live at or just above sea level in Adak, Alaska.

Description: Adak, Alaska is a former Navy Air Station, is currently leased to the Aleut Corporation. Very windy. Cold, wet winds are almost constant on Adak, Alaska. Channeled down mountain valleys and accelerated by temperature changes, the wind in Adak has a name, “Williwaw.” Wind speeds begin at about 60 knots grow faster. There used to be an anemometer on the tower, but the wind blew it off. Residents of Adak have been seen “hang gliding” using only their parkas…

 To the west and to the east are the Kanaga Volcano, and the Great Sitkin Volcano.

What to do there:  Bird watching at the National Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, managed by U.S. Fish & Wildlife.  Adak has a variety of habitats from barren mudflats to high alpine tundra to attract birds. Bird watching is best at low tide, early morning and late evening. The season and weather conditions may also determine the species and number or birds to be seen. The southwest portion of Clam Lagoon, is considered one of the best birding areas in Adak. Kuluk Bay, Sweeper Cove, and Lake Andrew are also good areas.

History: : Historically, the Aleutian Islands were occupied by the Unanga people. Heavily populated, Adak was a thriving community until the early 1800s. The Russian fur trade brought about change. Aleutian Island hunters followed the Russains eastward, leaving famine, starvation, and eventually death to many of the inhabitants of the Andrean Island group left behind.

The islands were actively hunted and fished until WWII broke out. Army installations were built on Adak Island allowing U.S. forces to mount a successful offensive against the Japanese-held islands of Kiska and Attu. After the War, Adak was developed as a Navel Air Station, as a submarine surveillance center during the Cold War. At its peak, the U.S. Navy hosed over 6,000 personnel and their families at Adak, Alaska. In 1994, family housing and schools were closed. The station officially closed in March 1997.

The Aleut Corporation aquired Adak’s facilites under a land transfer agreement with the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Navy / department of Defense. Today, properties are under a lease agreement. In September 1998, the school was reopened for the thirty families of the Aleut Corporation Shareolders that relocated to Adak, Alaska

How to get there: :  Alaska Airlilnes opeates passenger and cargo jet service from Anchorage tto Adak, Alaska.

Facilities: Today there is a fuelilng port and crew transfer facility for foreign fishing fleets, an airport, docks, housing facilities, restaurant, and supply stores. Adak Medical Center is a qualified Emergency Care Center and Primary Health Care Facility.

RV info: There are no RV facilities in Adak, Alaska.

 

 

 

 

 

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