National Natural Landmarks

Aniakchak Crater

Aniakchak Crater
Aniakchak Crater

Aniakchak Crater, located within Aniakchak National Monument, is one of the largest explosive craters in the world, averaging 6 miles wide and 2000 feet deep. The crater contains Surprise Lake, a warm springs fed lake that provides spawning grounds for a unique subspecies of salmon. The lake is the source of the Aniakchak River, which flows through a breach in the crater rim to the Pacific Ocean. The last eruption of this volcano was in 1931.

Location: Alaska, AK

Year designated: 1967

Acres: 20,727

Ownership: Federal




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