The island is 2.80 km (1.74 mi) long and 1.48 km (0.92 mi) wide.
This island was named on August 5, 1778, by Captain James Cook, who commented: "We found, a little way from the shore where we landed, a sledge, which occasioned this name being given to the island." Martin Sauer, the secretary of the 1791 Russian expedition who sailed under orders from Catherine II of Russia, claimed in 1802 that the Inuit name of this island is "Ayak."
Captain Frederick Beechey observed: "It is singular that this island, which was named Sledge Island by Captain Cook, from the circumstances of one of these implements being found upon it, should be called by a word signifying the same thing in Esquimaux language."
The island is part of the Bering Sea unit of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.
- Tom Cade (1952). "Notes on the Birds of Sledge Island, Bering Sea, Alaska". The Condor 54 (1): 51–54. doi:10.2307/1364528. JSTOR 1364528.
- James Cook (1842). The Voyages of Captain James Cook. William Smith. p. 329.
- Frederick William Beechey (1831). Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Beering's Strait: To Co-operate with the Polar Expeditions Performed in His Majesty's Ship Blossom Under the Command of Captain F. W. Beechey, R. N., F. R. S. &c. in the Years 1825, 26, 27, 28. Colburn and Bentley. p. 400.
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