Foraker River

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Foraker River
Country United States
State Alaska
District Denali Borough
Source Denali National Park and Preserve
 - location Foraker Glacier, Alaska Range
 - elevation 3,251 ft (991 m) [1]
 - coordinates 63°07′43″N 151°34′24″W / 63.12861°N 151.57333°W / 63.12861; -151.57333 [2]
Mouth Minchumina Lake [3]
 - location near village of Lake Minchumina
 - elevation 646 ft (197 m) [2]
 - coordinates 63°53′27″N 152°05′45″W / 63.89083°N 152.09583°W / 63.89083; -152.09583Coordinates: 63°53′27″N 152°05′45″W / 63.89083°N 152.09583°W / 63.89083; -152.09583 [2]
Length 60 mi (97 km) [3]
Foraker River is located in Alaska
Foraker River
Location of the mouth of the Foraker River in Alaska

The Foraker River (Lower Tanana: Kwalana or Kotalhno) is a 60-mile (97 km) stream in central Alaska in the United States.[3] It drains an area on the north slope of the Alaska Range on the south edge of the Tanana Valley southwest of Fairbanks.[4] The Herron River is a major tributary.[4]

The Foraker River issues from Foraker Glacier in Denali National Park and Preserve, northwest of Mount Foraker.[4] It flows through the tundra to the north of the Alaska range in a generally northwest direction to Minchumina Lake near the village of Lake Minchumina.[4]

The river was named for its glacial source in 1925 by S.R. Capps of the U.S. Geological Survey. Other names or variants include Seyh Khoolanh No' and Gotothna River.[2]

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  1. ^ Derived by entering source coordinates in Google Earth.
  2. ^ a b c d "Foraker River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. March 31, 1981. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Orth, Donald J.; United States Geological Survey (1971) [1967]. Dictionary of Alaska Place Names: Geological Survey Professional Paper 567 (PDF). University of Alaska Fairbanks. United States Government Printing Office. p. 345. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d Alaska Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2010. pp. 102–03. ISBN 978-0-89933-289-5.