Selawik Lake

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Selawik Lake
Location Northwest Arctic Borough, Alaska
Coordinates 66°29′39″N 160°41′27″W / 66.49417°N 160.69083°W / 66.49417; -160.69083Coordinates: 66°29′39″N 160°41′27″W / 66.49417°N 160.69083°W / 66.49417; -160.69083[1]
Basin countries United States
Max. length 31 miles (50 km)[1]
Surface area 404 square miles (1,050 km2)[2]
Surface elevation 0 metres (0 ft)[1]
References [1][2]
Map showing Selawik Lake and Kotzebue Sound

Selawik Lake is a lake located 7 miles (11 km) southwest of Selawik, Alaska. It is 31 miles (50 km) long.[1] It is adjacent to the Selawik National Wildlife Refuge and the Baldwin Peninsula, feeding into the Hotham Inlet and Kotzebue Sound.

Selawik Lake is the third largest lake in Alaska after Iliamna Lake and Becharof Lake, and seventeenth largest lake in the United States of America.[2]


Its Eskimo language name was first reported in 1842–44 by Lt. Lavrenty Zagoskin, IRN, who spelled it Chilivik, and probably meant to apply to an Eskimo tribe or village. It appears to have been by one of the Sir John Franklin search expeditions about 1850.[1]