Located about 1,400 air miles southwest of Anchorage, Adak Naval Base remained active until the late 1990s. Map. There is no doctor, no blood supply, and limited medications to stabilize a patient awaiting a medical evacuation, weather permitting. Snowfall averages nearly 100 inches (2,500 mm) per winter season, which however tends to melt soon after falling. A hiker ascends the snowy slopes near Husky Pass, Mt. Best Dining in Adak Island, Aleutian Islands: See 8 Tripadvisor traveler reviews of Adak Island restaurants and search by cuisine, price, location, and more. Alaska Airlines flies 2 flights a week on Saturdays or Wednesdays so its a simple choice. Military involvement and the naval station. Akutan and Kodiak have Asian pluralities.[12]. Reed in the background. Unfortunately cabins that were once maintained by Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge have fallen into disrepair and are unsafe to occupy. Our prime location and strategic assets, transferred as part of the Base Realignment and Closure process, make Adak a strong area for future growth and economic activity in relation to the Arctic. Due to its remoteness the internet connection is very poor, applications that require high bandwidth will not work as intended, and can only be picked up in various "hot spots" within the town.[19]. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 127.3 square miles (330 km2), of which 122.4 square miles (317 km2) is land and 4.9 square miles (13 km2) (3.87%) is water. Of the 159 households, 18.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 28.9% were married couples living together, 2.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 61.6% were non-families. It is also the southernmost town in Alaska. Electricity is provided by TDX which has invested over one million dollars in improving generating and distribution systems. Save big on a wide range of Adak Island hotels! All visitors should bring plenty of their own medications as the health center stocks a very limited supply of chronic medications. December is the wettest single month on average, while June and July are markedly the driest months, with thunderstorms virtually unknown here. The Aleut are also seeking to develop their water system, which has been well-maintained and -designed for a larger Naval population, as an export industry.[20]. Once in Adak you will be met by Charlie or Chris and taken directly to our lodge to get settled in followed by a quick tour of the island by 4×4 Pick up truck. Moffett, the highest point on Adak, rises in the background. Camping is legal without a permit on the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge land but due to the harsh climate it is not recommended to do so. There were 884 housing units at an average density of 7.2 per square mile (2.8/km2). About 30 families with children relocated to Adak in September 1998, most of them Aleut Corp. shareholders, and the former high school was reopened at that time as a K–12 institution. It lies 1,200 miles (1,930 km) southwest of Anchorage and 450 miles (724 km) west of Dutch Harbor at 51.872° North, 176.636° West (Sec. Golden Harvest Alaska Seafood processes Pacific cod, pollock, mackerel, halibut, snow and king crabs at a 144,000-square-foot seafood processing facility on the island. Filling of prescriptions from outside facilities usually cannot be accommodated. Author - Todd Deining. The U.S. Navy retains part of the north end of Adak Island (Parcel 4) and does annual sweeps of the Andrew Lake Seawall for unexploded ordnance. From 1975 on, the landfill only accepted sanitary trash. Males had a median income of $46,429 versus $35,000 for females. The former Adak Naval Air Facility occupies approximately 76,800 acres on Adak Island and is part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Their website lists the Institutional Controls in place for all of Adak as part of the land exchange or Interim Conveyance. Due to its longitude the ideal time zone should be UTC-12:00. KL7RRC. Adak first appeared on the 2000 U.S. Census as a census-designated place (CDP),[8] although it previously was the Adak Naval Station from 1970[9][10] to 1990. EAT sends a dentist to Adak one week per year to provide limited dental services; otherwise, dental services must be referred outside of Adak. Since ancient times this island has been home to the Aleut people, […] There is one school located in the community: Adak School, operated by the Aleutian Region School District. Compare properties, browse amenities and find your ideal property in Adak, Alaska Enjoy free cancellation on most hotels. Adak's water system is reported to have lead in it.[14]. Adak currently provides a fueling port and crew transfer facility for a combination of Seattle and Alaskan based fishing fleet — an airport, docks, housing facilities, restaurant, grocery, and ship supply store are available. Adak Army Base and Adak Naval Operating Base were the westernmost bases in the nation for a short while. It is the westernmost municipality in the United States and the southernmost city in Alaska. The Aleut Corporation purchased Adak's facilities under a land transfer agreement with the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Navy/Department of Defense. Adak Army installations allowed U.S. forces to mount a successful offensive against the Japanese-held islands of Kiska and Attu. [16] In 2014 the Adak School had 25 students. Metals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in groundwater and surface water. Under Alaska state law, wastage is illegal.[21]. Adak lies in the subpolar oceanic climate zone (Cfc), characterized by persistently overcast skies, moderated temperatures, high winds, significant precipitation and frequent cyclonic storms. The median age was 35 years. Alaska’s southernmost town Adak is located on the island of the same name near the western extent of the Andreanof Islands group of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. most fisherman or hunters will stay over 1 day in Anchorage on there way over or return depending on your final flights. Average temperatures range from 20 to 60 °F (−7 to 16 °C), but wind chill factors can be severe. Log in. In 1994, the base was downsized, and both family housing and schools were closed. Occasionally, extra seasonal flights are operated to meet the demand of the fishing season. Springtime brings carpets of wild flowers. Mt. Overage use is extremely expensive, and a monopoly exists because personal satellite internet is not available due to the satellite locations. The per capita income for the city was $31,747. KL7RRC Adak Island Alaska. [citation needed]. Adak is the southernmost community in Alaska and on the same latitude as Haida Gwaii in Canada, and Brussels, Belgium. In March 2002, the State of Alaska approved resumption of operations at Roberts Landfill through 2002 to dispose of inert demolition waste monofill and one cell for disposal of approximately 10 cubic yards of asbestos-containing material. Large earthquakes rocked the island in 1957, 1964 and 1977. [17] It was previously served by the Adak Region School District, which closed in June 1996. Adak is located on the western tip of the Aleutian Islands, midway between the United States and Russia, where the Bering Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. However, they continued to hunt and fish actively around the island over the years, until World War II broke out. Tele-Radiology (X-ray) and Tele-Medicine are also present. See Tripadvisor's Adak Island, Aleutian Islands hotel deals and special prices all in one spot. Whether you are arriving on Adak for a quick visit or a long term stay, the City would like to make sure you are aware of some important information before arriving on the island. This former World War II military base was used to fight the Japanese in the Aleutian battles at Kiska, Attu, and Dutch Harbor, and was converted to a U.S. naval base after the war. [18], Internet, though available, is expensive, with caps on data. Hunting and fishing continue in Adak, especially caribou. It held an important strategical location in WW2 for the Army in the retaking of Kiska and Attu Islands from the Japanese. Jun 23, 2017 - Explore Doug Holm's board "Adak, Alaska" on Pinterest. Average annual precipitation is 65.6 inches (1,670 mm) annually, concentrated markedly in fall and winter. This is not a place for the fainthearted. Birdwatchers often travel to Adak and nearby Attu Island, as many vagrant birds from Asia and elsewhere can be spotted there. There are approximately 16 miles (26 km) of paved and primitive roads on Adak, all privately owned by the Aleut Corporation. The average household size was 1.99 and the average family size was 2.90. Developed trails are limited and most are not maintained. Steller Sea Lions, Adak Island, Alaska. It is less than three degrees of latitude north of the 49th parallel, which forms the western part of the land border between the Contiguous United States and Canada. Four local residents hold commercial fishing permits, primarily for groundfish; however, commercial fishing vessels based out of Seattle and other parts of Alaska provide most of the work for the seafood plant by regularly offloading their catch at the facility's large dock. The wind on Adak is highly variable and often unpredictable (the record speed is unknown because the wind ripped the anemometer off of the tower). In fact, Adak is one of the top birding locations in the state of Alaska, and is home to over 200 species of birds. Hunting access to the south end of the island involves two licensed local boat charter services: either Aleutian Adventure Tours or Homeward Bound Charters. After the war, Adak was developed as a naval air station, playing an important role during the Cold War as a submarine surveillance center. Two restaurants operate in Adak: the Bay 5 (which is housed in the same annex building with the liquor store) and Blue Bird Cafe. Adak , formerly Adak Station, is a city located on Adak Island, in the Aleutians West Census Area, Alaska, United States. Solar activity blocks communications during equinox seasons for several days of both spring and fall seasons. The landfill operated from the early 1950s until 1972 and from 1975 until 2002. Since World War II, the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard developed facilities and recreation opportunities at Adak. The city is the former location of the Adak Army Base and Adak Naval Operating Base, NAVFAC Adak. 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