Alaska Facts

In some areas of Alaska there is
24 hours of daylight
 
Alaska is HUGE!

  • 24 hours of night
  • 3 million lakes 
     
  • We are 2 times the size of Texas (Tallest in North America)

    • We have 29 volcanoes
    • 586,400 Square Miles
    • 33,000 miles of coastline!
    • 1,400 miles North to South
    • 2,700 miles East to West
    • Over 1/2 the world's Glaciers
    • 55 miles east of Russia
    • We are the only state to have coastlines on three different seas.
      Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea.

    Records

    • Record high temperature: 1915 +100 oF
    • Record low temperature: Tanana -78 oF
    • High tides of 37 feet
    • Snow: 24 hours; 62 inches
      1 year; 974 inches (Thompson Alaska, near Valdez).

    Mountains

     

    • Mount Elias: 18,008 feet
    • State Motto: North to the future.
    • State Flower: Forget-me-not.
      The plant grows well in most of Alaska's varied climate.
    • State Bird: Alaska Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus alascensis Swarth)
      It can change it's color from light brown to snow white. The willow ptarmigan was named Alaska's state bird in 1955.
    • State Tree: Sitka spruce (picea sitchenensis)
      The evergreen is found throughout the southeastern and central areas of Alaska.
    • State Marine Mammal: Bowhead whale
    • State Fish: King salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)
      King salmon weighing up to 100 lb. have been caught in Alaska. The king salmon is also known as the chinook salmon and is a popular sport fish. It became the state fish in 1962.
    • State Sport: Dog Mushing
      It once was the primary form of transportation in most of Alaska. Today dog sled racing is a popular winter sport. It was adopted as the state sport in 1972.
    • Kodiak Bear; 1,400 pounds, 11 feet tall
    • Polar Bear; 1,400 pounds, 11 feet tall
    • Grizzly Bear (Brown Bear); 800 pounds, 9 feet tall
    • Moose; 1,350 pounds, 5 feet high to shoulder
      Antlers span; 72 inches

    Mount Denali: 20,320 feet

    • Foraker - 17,400 feet
    • Bona - 16,500 feet
    • Blackburn - 16,390 feet
    • Sanford - 16,237 feet
    • Vancouver - 15,700 feet
    • Churchhill - 15,638 feet
    • Fairweather - 15,300 feet
    • Hubbard - 15,015 feet
    • Bear - 14,831
      • Purchased from Russia in 1867 for under 2 cents an acre.

      Official

      • State Gem: Jade
        Alaska has a large deposit of jade, including an big mountain filled with dark green jade on the Seward Peninsula.
      • State Mineral: Gold
        The search for gold played a major role in shaping the history of Alaska, from the discovery of gold in Juneau to the great gold rush at Nome. Gold was named the state mineral in 1968.
      • State Insect: Four spot skimmer dragonfly

    Islands (largest)

    • Kodiak - 3,588 square miles
    • Prince of Wales - 2,770 square miles
    • Chichagof - 2,062 square miles

    Lakes (largest)

    • Iliamna - 1,000 square miles
    • Becharof - 458 square miles
    • Teshekpuk - 315 square miles
    • Naknek - 242 square miles

    Longest River

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      • Yukon - Total of 2,300 miles, 1,875 in Alaska

    Lake Lucille B&B is a proud member of the following organizations: B&B Association of Alaska / Mat- Su Visitors Bureau / Mat-Su B&B Association