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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy).

When in Big Lake, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Big Lake and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Big Lake:
    • 61.512836, -149.983334
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Big Lake
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Big Lake ...

We have found nine communities that share the name Big Lake.

Within Alaska, the name Big Lake is unique.

Beyond Alaska, we know of another nine communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these nine communities, seven are located in the United States and two are in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Arkansas
      • Mississippi County
      • This Big Lake is located in Mississippi County and lies 3,096 miles [4,982.5 km]<1> to the east.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Lake
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Mississippi County community of Big Lake.
    • Indiana
      • Noble County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Indiana community of Big Lake [Noble County].
    • Minnesota
      • Sherburne County
      • This Big Lake is located in Sherburne County and lies 2,468 miles [3,971.9 km]<1> to the east.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Lake
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Sherburne County community of Big Lake.
    • Mississippi
      • Noxubee County
      • This community is historic<3> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Mississippi community of Big Lake [Noxubee County].
    • Missouri
      • Holt County
      • This Big Lake is located in Holt County and lies 2,693 miles [4,334 km]<1> to the east.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Lake
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Holt County community of Big Lake.
    • Nova Scotia
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Nova Scotia community of Big Lake.
    • Ontario
      • This Big Lake lies 2,830 miles [4,554.4 km]<1> to the east.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Lake
    • Texas
      • Reagan County
      • This Big Lake is located in Reagan County and lies 3,003 miles [4,832.9 km]<1> to the east southeast.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Lake
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Reagan County community of Big Lake.
    • Washington
      • Skagit County
      • This Big Lake is located in Skagit County and lies 1,405 miles [2,261.1 km]<1> to the east southeast.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Lake
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Skagit County community of Big Lake.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Big Lake ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Birchwood
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Birchwood have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Birchwood
    • Birchwood lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southeast of Big Lake
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Birchwood
  • Cottonwood
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cottonwood have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cottonwood
    • Cottonwood lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the east of Big Lake
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cottonwood
  • Eagle River
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy City
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for John Fitzgerald Kennedy City have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for John Fitzgerald Kennedy City
    • John Fitzgerald Kennedy City lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Big Lake
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on John Fitzgerald Kennedy City
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Knik
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Knik have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Knik
      • Knik lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Big Lake
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Knik
    • Meadow Lakes
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Meadow Lakes have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Meadow Lakes
      • Meadow Lakes lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Big Lake
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Meadow Lakes
    • Nancy Lake
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nancy Lake
      • Nancy Lake lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the north of Big Lake
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nancy Lake
    • Peters Creek
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Peters Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peters Creek
      • Peters Creek lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the east of Big Lake
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Peters Creek
    • Willow
    • Willow Lake
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Willow Lake have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Willow Lake
      • Willow Lake lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the north of Big Lake
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Willow Lake

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Big Lake. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

  • View Our List ...
    • Ada Blackjack Johnson     (Explorer)
    • Sydney Mortimer Laurence     (Artist)

How Far From Big Lake to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Big Lake to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Big Lake and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Juneau, which is the State Capital of Alaska, lies 581 miles [935 km]<1> to the east southeast (ESE). If you could drive a straight line from Big Lake to Juneau, with an average speed<7>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 33 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 23 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 3,358 miles [5,404.2 km] to the east (E). Driving would take 7 days, a buggy would take 132 days and walking would take 191 days.
    • The shortest distance<8> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,980 miles [9,623.9 km] and it lies to the north (N).<9>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,676 miles [10,744 km] and it lies to the north (N).<10>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,220 miles [8,400.8 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<11>

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alaska

About Alaska

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Big Lake: www.biglake-ak.com/

The official website for State of Alaska: alaska.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Big Lake) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Big Lake. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Big Lake

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Big Lake. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 61.5128, Longitude: -149.9833    
<2>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Big Lake could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong . Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.
<3>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Big Lake, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<4>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<7>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<8>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Big Lake to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 4.442 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 9.189 degrees.
<11>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 346.593 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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