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Kougarok River
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Kougarok River
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Location of the mouth of the Kougarok River in Alaska
Native name Kuuguraq
Country United States
State Alaska
District Nome Census Area
Physical characteristics
Main source Confluence of Macklin and Washington creeks
Seward Peninsula
457 ft (139 m)
65°41′00″N 164°47′46″W / 65.68333°N 164.79611°W / 65.68333; -164.79611
River mouth Kuzitrin River
47 miles (76 km) southwest of Imuruk Lake
75 ft (23 m)
65°15′23″N 164°33′57″W / 65.25639°N 164.56583°W / 65.25639; -164.56583
Length 45 mi (72 km)

The Kougarok (Koo-gah-rok) River (Kuuguraq in Inupiaq, lit. little river) is a river on the Seward Peninsula in the U.S. state of Alaska. Formed by the merger of the two smaller streams Macklin Creek and Washington Creek, the main stem is about 45 miles (72 km) long, flowing generally south from near Taylor Airport. It flows into the Kuzitrin River, which flows west into the Imuruk Basin, connected to the bay of Port Clarence on the Bering Sea.

In 1900 the river was reported under the same name as Kugruk River, this was later changed. The river drew gold miners in the early 1900s, though development slowed after World War II. The Nome-Taylor Highway follows the river for much of its course.

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