Stuart Island, Alaska

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Stuart Island, Alaska is located in Alaska
Stuart Island, Alaska
Location in Alaska

Stuart Island (Qikertarpak in Yup'ik, literally: ‘the big island’[1]) is a small island on the southeast side of the Norton Sound of Alaska. The island is about 9.3 miles (15.0 km) long and 6.2 miles (10.0 km) wide with a land area of 52.195 sq mi (135.185 km²) and had no resident population at the 2000 census.[2]

Stuart Island has no permanent settlements, but is only a short distance by water from Stebbins, which is on neighboring St. Michael Island. Stuart Island is home to an unmanaged herd of reindeer put there as part of the Stebbins/St. Michael Reindeer Corral Project.

Stuart Island collects a significant amount of driftwood, due to its location North and East of the Upper Yukon River Delta. Spring runoff brings trees and logs down the mighty Yukon River that, after reaching the Bering Sea, are pushed by wind and tides into Norton Sound. Stuart Island is directly in the path of the driftwood pushed into the Sound, and its west-facing beaches provide a traditional firewood supply for residents of Stebbins.


  1. ^ Jacobson, Steven A. (2012). Yup'ik Eskimo Dictionary, 2nd edition. Alaska Native Language Center.
  2. ^ Stuart Island: Block 5032, Census Tract 1, Nome Census Area, Alaska United States Census Bureau

Coordinates: 63°35′23″N 162°31′51″W / 63.58972°N 162.53083°W / 63.58972; -162.53083