Sprawled along the Kuskokwim River about 40 miles from the Bering Sea, Bethel is one of the largest communities in rural Alaska. Those going here will find various of places to explore, and find out more about this southwestern portion of the state. One of them is Red Devil, a census area in the area known for its mercury mine by the Kickbuck-Kuskokwim Mountains. Those planning to visit here can do so via Red Devil Airport, a public-use port of entry about one nautical mile away from the central business district. Tourists might also consider using the Aniak Airport, in case of difficulties in connecting to Red Devil.
Those looking for Red Devil Airport on the map can find it between 61.7881012 (latitude) and -157.3500061 (longitude). Covering an area of 311 acres, the airport stands at an elevation of 174 ft above mean sea level. It accommodates charter flights and small-sized planes, as the runway is 4,801 ft long. This makes it relatively convenient for travellers to visit the area and view the surrounding scenery in this part of Alaska.
What to see & do
Tourists venturing to Red Devil will find only few sights to check out. The most prominent of them would be the Red Devil Mine, which was established in 1921 by Hans Halverson. Numerous mercury and quicksilver deposits were discovered here. The mine prospered, producing substantial quantities of mercury until the mine changed ownership twice over the years. It continued to operate until 1971, but then operations stopped, making the number of people visiting the area to trickle down.
From here, tourists can venture to see other sights in the community of Bethel. Avid birdwatchers can turn to the 20-million-acre Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, which encircles the community. Being the largest wildlife refuge in the country, hikers will be treated to a landscape of tundra marshes, lakes, and streams that support one of the largest flocks of wildlife in the world. Spring is an excellent time of the year to visit when over two million waterfowl, 750,000 geese, and 100 million shorebirds flock to their habitats here. Although hard to navigate especially for the inexperienced, tourists going this way will enjoy a variety of nature views that can make them feel like staying longer to explore.
Bear watching is also another possible activity to sign up for in this part of Southwest Alaska. Various lodges can be found, which guide tourists on the safe paths and methods to look out for bears. One of the places to look for guides is Katmai Wilderness Lodge, where one can look out for the wild creatures in their natural habitat. Fishing is also popular among the people of Alaska, given the number of streams and other bodies of water to be found here. Freshwater fishing can be arranged with the outfits in the area, which allows one to find out where the best spots are.
How to get around within Red Devil
Limited information about commuting in Red Devil makes it hard to describe the public transport there. Those venturing to different parts of the region will find other options, though. One of them is in Kenai Peninsula, where one can traverse the highways with a rented car. A rail can also be found in Seward, where the southern terminus of the Alaska Railroad lies. It is visited daily by trains from Anchorage, allowing one to venture to different parts of the state. Long-haul buses are also available in Homer, where the Homer Stage Line operates daily between the city, Seward, and Anchorage. The Alaska Marine Highway, on the other hand, also presents alternative transport, connecting Homer and Kodiak to Unalaska/Dutch Harbour on the Aleutian chain.
How to get there
When visiting here, tourists can connect with Aniak Airport, and then commute from there to Red Devil and other parts of Bethel. This port of entry is served by Era Alaska and PenAir, which take passengers between Anchorag, Chuathbaluk, Holy Cross, Kalskag, and Shageluk.
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