Kougarok River

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Kougarok River
Kougarok River.jpg
Country United States
State Alaska
District Nome Census Area
Source Confluence of Macklin and Washington creeks
 - elevation 457 ft (139 m) [1]
 - coordinates 65°41′00″N 164°47′46″W / 65.68333°N 164.79611°W / 65.68333; -164.79611 [2]
Mouth Kuzitrin River
 - location 47 miles (76 km) southwest of Imuruk Lake
 - elevation 75 ft (23 m) [2]
 - coordinates 65°15′23″N 164°33′57″W / 65.25639°N 164.56583°W / 65.25639; -164.56583Coordinates: 65°15′23″N 164°33′57″W / 65.25639°N 164.56583°W / 65.25639; -164.56583 [2]
Length 45 mi (72 km) [3]
Kougarok River is located in Alaska
Kougarok River
Location of the mouth of the Kougarok River in Alaska

The Kougarok (Koo-gah-rok) River is a river on the Seward Peninsula in the U.S. state of Alaska. Formed by the merger of the two smaller streams Macklin Creek and Washington Creek, the main stem is about 45 miles (72 km) long, flowing generally south from near Taylor Airport.[2] It flows into the Kuzitrin River, which flows west into the Imuruk Basin, connected to the bay of Port Clarence on the Bering Sea.[4]

In 1900 the river was reported under the same name as Kugruk River, this was later changed.[3] The river drew gold miners in the early 1900s, though development slowed after World War II. The Nome-Taylor Highway follows the river for much of its course.[4]

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  1. ^ Derived by entering source coordinates in Google Earth.
  2. ^ a b c d "Kougarok River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. January 1, 2000. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b 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. 543. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Alaska Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2010. p. 132. ISBN 978-0-89933-289-5.