Umiat, Alaska

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Umiat (OO-mee-yat)
Unincorporated community
Umiat (OO-mee-yat) is located in Alaska
Umiat (OO-mee-yat)
Umiat (OO-mee-yat)
Location within the state of Alaska
Coordinates: 69°22′01″N 152°08′39″W / 69.36694°N 152.14417°W / 69.36694; -152.14417Coordinates: 69°22′01″N 152°08′39″W / 69.36694°N 152.14417°W / 69.36694; -152.14417
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough North Slope
 • Borough mayor Harry K. Brower, Jr.
 • State senator Donny Olson (D)
 • State rep. Dean Westlake (D)
Elevation[1] 259 ft (79 m)
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
FIPS code[1] 02-80250
GNIS ID[1] 1411508

Umiat(OO-mee-yat)} is an unincorporated community in North Slope Borough, Alaska, United States.[1] It is located on the Colville River, 140 miles southwest of Deadhorse in the Arctic Circle. The town is not accessible by road or rail, only by air or river. In 1944, the Naval Oil Reserve was set up and it later became an air force base, which is now closed. It is known as one of the coldest places in the US with its inland tundra climate, a rarity for North America. Yearly low temperatures run even colder than Barrow, Alaska on average.

In 2009 Governor Parnell budgeted for a proposed road to Umiat branching off of the Dalton Highway.[2]

Umiat has become a center in the summer for research by the BLM and USGS concerning climate change. Research also goes on in the impact that development has on the Arctic tundra. As the NPRA is managed by BLM, they watch the impact that the ice roads and ice-drilling pads have on plant and animal life in the area.

Umiat has no permanent residents, being a camp and fuel stop for aircraft and helicopters operating in the area. The camp is run by a locally owned company that provides oilfield services in the area, their crew consists in the summer of approximately 10 people who work on a two weeks on two weeks off schedule. At any given time, there are between 20 and 30 people lodged and fed there.

The camp operates from the middle of May to the middle of September. All there have access to the internet and to news and entertainment by satellite.

Accommodations are "ATCO" units that are permanently placed, a cafeteria style kitchen is in one of the units.


Umiat Airport is a state owned, public use airport located in Umiat.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "Feature Detail Report for: Umiat (populated place)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. March 31, 1981. 
  2. ^ "Foothills West Transportation Access Project", State of Alaska, Retrieved June 19, 2010
  3. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for UMT (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.