Aniakchak National Monument, King Salmon mall #1, King Salmon
Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve is a U.S. National Monument and National Preserve, consisting of the region around the Aniakchak volcano on the Aleutian Range of south-western Alaska. The 601,294-acre monument is one of the least visited places in the National Park System due to its remote location and difficult Show more...
weather. The area was proclaimed a National Monument on December 1, 1978, and established as a National Monument and Preserve on December 2, 1980. The National Monument encompasses 137,176 acres and the preserve 464,118 acres. Visitation to Aniakchak is consistently among the very lowest of all areas of the U.S. National Park System, according to the NPS, with only 10 documented recreational visits in 2012, and only 19 in 2011. Most visitors fly into Surprise Lake inside Aniakchak Crater, but the frequent fog and other adverse weather conditions make landing in the lake difficult. It is also possible to fly into the nearby village of Port Heiden and proceed overland to the Aniakchak Crater.
The core of the national monument lands encompasses the 6-mile wide Aniakchak Crater. The high point on the caldera rim is Aniakchak Peak. The lake within the caldera, Surprise Lake, is the source of the Aniakchak River. Multiple streams and rivers within the caldera flow into Surprise Lake to form it. In addition to Surprise Lake, the other prominent feature inside the caldera is Vent Mountain, the site of the most recent eruption within the caldera. The preserve lands flank the monument on either side. Subsistence hunting is allowed in both the monument and preserve, and sport hunting is allowed in the preserve. The region was virtually unexplored until the 1920s, when exploration for oil brought reports of an un-described volcano. A moderate eruption in 1931 forming Vent Mountain resulted in significant publicity, spurring studies to declare the region a national monument. It was not until 1978 that a monument was proclaimed by President Jimmy Carter under the Antiquities Act. The monument and preserve were established within their final boundaries in 1980 with the passage of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.
Maggie B Believe it or not, I haven't even been to Aniakchak. In fact, I haven't even been to Alaska! I'm just a nerd on the computer at 10:30 pm listening to fake dubstep by Owl City (Bombshell Blonde), trying to be a troll. I do, however, like Doctor Who. Hey, while you're at Aniakchak, watch out for porcelain dolls, Weeping Angels, the Silence, etc. If you do happen to come across some Daleks or Cyber Men, just hide and whisper "Please save me from the monsters" five times. The Doctor will come and save you, probably. Have fun, be careful, and DON'T BLINK. Whatever you do, DO NOT BLINK.
Vicky Taylor I too have not been to this wild and beautiful place,however I have just made my first foray to Alaska from the lower 48. I was blown away! Watch the documentary "The Surprise Salmon" from Life on Fire. It is available to watch on PBS. On of the most beautiful nature films made.