Holitna River

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Holitna River
Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Dillingham, Bethel
Source confluence of Kogrukluk River and Shotgun Creek
 - location east flank of the Kuskokwim Mountains, Dillingham Census Area
 - elevation 376 ft (115 m) [1]
 - coordinates 60°50′59″N 157°50′56″W / 60.84972°N 157.84889°W / 60.84972; -157.84889 [2]
Mouth Kuskokwim River
 - location 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south of Sleetmute, Bethel Census Area
 - elevation 190 ft (58 m) [2]
 - coordinates 61°40′52″N 157°10′07″W / 61.68111°N 157.16861°W / 61.68111; -157.16861Coordinates: 61°40′52″N 157°10′07″W / 61.68111°N 157.16861°W / 61.68111; -157.16861 [2]
Length 110 mi (177 km) [2]
Holitna River is located in Alaska
Holitna River
Location of the mouth of the Holitna River in Alaska

The Holitna River is a 110-mile (180 km) tributary of the Kuskokwim River in the U.S. state of Alaska.[2] Formed by the confluence of Shotgun Creek and the Kogrukluk River east of the Kuskokwim Mountains, the river flows generally northeast to meet the larger river near Sleetmute.[2]

Operation Holitna, a federal investigation into child pornography, was named after the river.[3] The Holitna River has many tributaries, serving as a metaphor for the fact that each time the investigation makes an arrest, several new victims and leads are discovered.[4]

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  1. ^ Derived by entering source coordinates in Google Earth.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Holitna River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. January 1, 2000. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ "2013 Finalist – Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal: John MacKinnon and the Operation Holitna Team". Partnership for Public Service. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ McKim, Jennifer B. (July 29, 2012). "Led by an Innocent into a Web of Evil". The Boston Globe. Boston Globe Media Partners. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 

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