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Awuna River
Awuna River is located in Alaska
Awuna River
Location of the mouth of the Awuna River in Alaska
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough North Slope
Physical characteristics
Main source Swamp north of Lookout Ridge
National Petroleum Reserve
1,202 ft (366 m)
69°20′01″N 158°45′22″W / 69.33361°N 158.75611°W / 69.33361; -158.75611
River mouth Colville River
West of Angoyakvik Pass, National Petroleum Reserve
722 ft (220 m)
69°02′55″N 155°27′48″W / 69.04861°N 155.46333°W / 69.04861; -155.46333
Length 200 mi (320 km)

The Awuna River also called Sakvailak by the Iñupiat is a 200-mile (320 km) tributary of the Colville River in the U.S. state of Alaska. Located entirely within the National Petroleum Reserve, it arises in a swamp north of Lookout Ridge in the North Slope Borough. It flows generally east to meet the larger river west of Angoyakvik Pass.


The river's name Awuna means "westward" or Uwanmun. The name given to the river now by the Iñupiat is Sakvailak.

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