Lopp Lagoon

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Lopp Lagoon is a tidal lake on Cape Prince of Wales (the westernmost tip of the Seward Peninsula) in the U.S. state of Alaska. Many creeks empty into it, but the most water comes from the Mint River. Some salt water from the Pacific Ocean also enters the lagoon through several channels between it and the Bering Strait.

It was named in 1900 for William Thomas "W.T." Lopp, the civilian leader of the 1897–8 Overland Expedition.

Historically, Lopp Lagoon has been an important source of food (salmon and waterfowl) for people living in the Wales, Alaska area.

References[change | change source]

  • USGS (no permanent link available)
  • Smith, Kathleen Lopp, Ed. Ice Window: Letters from a Bering Strait Village, 1892-1902. Juneau, Alaska: University of Alaska Press, 2002. ISBN 1889963216
  • Northwest Arctic Subarea Contingency Plan from the Alaska Regional Response Team (PDF file)