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General Information

Description Becharof Lake is Alaska's second largest lake, and is 37 miles long by 15 miles wide. Becharof, which is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, is home to Willow Ptarmigan, and numerous species of shorebirds. Over thirty species of land mammals live nearby including hundreds of Alaska Brown bear, moose, caribou, red fox, wolf, and wolverine. Red salmon swarm by the millions into the lake to spawn. There is volcanic activity in the area.
Country United States of America
Latitude 58° 0' 0" (58.0000)
Longitude -156° 30' 0" (-156.5000)
State Alaska

Physical Characteristics

Surface Area 800.00 km2
Depth Maximum depth: 92.0 m
Type Fresh


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Species of Concern



Becharof Lake Ecosystem
Ecosystem Modeling of Becharof Lake, a Sockeye Salmon Nursery Lake in Southwestern Alaska
ILEC Database


9/29/2003 - Study suggests salmon deliver pollutants to some Alaskan lakes
1/1/1999 - Ecosystem modeling of Becharof Lake, a Sockeye Salmon nursery lake in Southwestern Alaska

Additional Data Sources

Birkett, C., and I. Mason. 1995. A new global lakes database for remote sensing programme studying climatically sensitive large lakes. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 21 (3) 307-318.
International Lake Environment Committee, the United Nations Environment Program and Environment Agency, Government of Japan. 1997. World Lakes Database.

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