Karaginsky Island

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Native name:
Карагинский остров
Location of Karaginsky Island off the eastern Kamchatka coast
Karaginsky is located in Russia
LocationKaraginsky Gulf of the Bering Sea
Coordinates58°55′N 164°20′E / 58.917°N 164.333°E / 58.917; 164.333
Area2,404 km2 (928 sq mi)
Length101 km (62.8 mi)
Width27 km (16.8 mi)
Highest elevation912 m (2,992 ft)
Highest pointGora Sakonoval
KraiKamchatka Krai
Official nameKaraginski Island, Bering Sea
Designated13 September 1994
Reference no.694[1]

Karaginsky Island or Karaginskiy Island (Russian: Карагинский остров) is an island in the Karaginsky Gulf of the Bering Sea. The 40 km-wide strait between the Kamchatka Peninsula and this island is called Litke Strait. Karaginsky Island is a Ramsar site.

Even though the island is uninhabited, the Karagin Koryaks have traditionally lived in Karaginskiy Island. Migrant reindeer herders still live in temporary shelters on the island.

The island is 101 km long and up to 27 km wide, with an area of 2,404 km². The highest peak of the island is 912 m. Karaginsky Island is covered with tundra vegetation and cedar underwood. In the summer there are many flowers.

Currently this island is popular with tourists who come to enjoy the wildlife. An amateur radio DXpedition (RI0X) visited here during 2014.

  • 45 km north of Karaginsky Island's northern tip lies the small and narrow Verkhoturov Island (Ostrov Verkhoturova). It is 3.5 km long and has an average width of 0.5 km.


Administratively, Karaginskiy Island belongs to the Kamchatka Krai of the Russian Federation.


  1. ^ "Karaginski Island, Bering Sea". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.

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Coordinates: 58°55′N 164°20′E / 58.917°N 164.333°E / 58.917; 164.333