Grand Plateau Glacier starts on the north flank of Mount Fairweather in the Saint Elias Mountains and flows generally northwest for 19 miles (31 km) where it splits into two terminal lobes, with the southern lobe flowing 6 miles (10 km) to Grand Plateau Lake, about 142 miles (229 km) northwest of Juneau and 70 miles (113 km) southeast of Yakutat, Alaska.
Wellesley Glacier flows for about 4.5 miles (7 km) from the Chugach Mountains and terminates at a lagoon on the west side of College Fjord, about 55 miles (89 km) west of Valdez and 40 miles (64 km) northeast of Whittier, Alaska.
Portage is a historical community and railroad siding at milepost 64.2 on the Alaska Railroad at the head of Turnagain Arm in the Chugach National Forest, about 41 miles (66 km) south of Anchorage and 11 miles (18 km) northwest of Whittier, Alaska.
The Situk River starts at Situk Lake and flows southwest for about 18 miles (29 km) through the Yakutat Forelands in Tongass National Forest to the Gulf of Alaska, about 200 miles (322 km) northwest of Juneau and 9 miles (15 km) southeast of Yakutat, Alaska.
The Copper River watershed drains about 24,000 square miles (62,000 sq km) in the Wrangell, Chugach, and Saint Elias Mountains and the mainstem flows for about 290 miles (470 km) to the Gulf of Alaska where it creates a wide delta, about 195 miles west-northwest of Yakutat and 30 miles southeast of Cordova, Alaska.
Cenotaph Island is approximately in the middle of Lituya Bay, a fjord formed primarily by the Crillon and Lituya glaciers in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, about 117 miles (189 km) west-northwest of Juneau and 97 miles (156 km) southeast of Yakutat, Alaska.
Tuxedni Bay is an estuary that extends southeast for 14 miles (23 km) from the mouth of Tuxedni River to Cook Inlet, at Chisik Island, about 59 miles (95 km) northwest of Homer and 57 miles (92 km) southwest of Kenai, Alaska.
Icy Bay is on the Gulf of Alaska coast about 154 miles (248 km) southeast of Cordova and 65 miles (105 km) northwest of Yakutat, Alaska.
Dangerous River starts at Harlequin Lake and flows southwest for 16 miles (26 km) to the Gulf of Alaska, about 102 miles (165 km) northwest of Gustavus and 50 miles (81 km) southeast of Yakutat, Alaska.
La Perouse Glacier is located in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, about 116 miles (187 km) southeast of Yakutat and 40 miles (65 km) northwest of Gustavus, Alaska.
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