Aerial view of the Draanjik River
|- elevation||2,356 ft (718 m) |
|Mouth||Black River Slough, Porcupine River |
|- location||16 miles (26 km) northeast of Fort Yukon, Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge|
|- elevation||440 ft (134 m) |
|- coordinates||Coordinates: |
|Length||160 mi (257 km) |
The Draanjik or Black River is a river in eastern Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska, United States. It flows generally northwest 160 miles (260 km) from its source to its mouth on the Black River Slough of the Porcupine River near the city of Fort Yukon. In January 2014, the Alaska Historical Commission voted to rename the river to Draanjik, its Gwich'in name, a decision which later found approval by the Board of Geographic Names.
The river has borne several other names: Big Black River (in order to distinguish it from similarly named streams), Orange Creek, Salmon Fork, Salmon River, Squirrel Creek, and Squirrel River. The Board on Geographic Names officially ruled in favor of "Black River" in 1959.
- Derived by entering source coordinates in Google Earth.
- "Black River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. January 1, 2000. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
- Alaska State Parks, Heritage newsletter, January 2014
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