In 1945, oil explorers found luck at Umiat, a remote location in Alaska. It’s one of the reasons why people still visit the area today, with the hopes of increasing production; however, due to its remote location, it may not be worth pursuing.
Located on the Colville River, Umiat sits 140 miles southwest of Deadhorse and the Arctic Circle. For those that appreciate the peacefulness of being remote, the only way to reach this region is via the river or the jet charter airport in Umiat.
If you’re planning on visiting the area, you’ll want to pack some extreme cold weather gear. Umiat is known as being one of the coldest places in the United States with its subarctic climate and long winters. February is the coldest month, with average temperatures hovering around -31 Fahrenheit. Unless you’re heading there in July, expect chilly temperatures and snow.
If you’re hiring a private charter to get here, you’ll land at the state-owned Umiat Airport which covers 290 acres of rugged Alaska terrain. The original runway was created in 1945, measuring 100 feet by 5,583 feet, which is still in use today.
Umiat Airport is capable of handling most aircraft, from turboprops to heavy jets. However, it’s important to plan your trip accordingly as flights may be canceled or delayed due to extreme cold weather. You may also have to factor in de-icing charges unless you plan to travel to Umiat during the warmer summer season.