Anvik River

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Anvik River
Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Yukon–Koyukuk
Source Nulato Hills
 - elevation 1,797 ft (548 m) [1]
 - coordinates 63°39′26″N 160°07′26″W / 63.65722°N 160.12389°W / 63.65722; -160.12389 [2]
Mouth Yukon River [3]
 - location 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of Anvik
 - elevation 52 ft (16 m) [2]
 - coordinates 62°40′50″N 160°12′11″W / 62.68056°N 160.20306°W / 62.68056; -160.20306Coordinates: 62°40′50″N 160°12′11″W / 62.68056°N 160.20306°W / 62.68056; -160.20306 [2]
Length 140 mi (225 km) [3]
Anvik River is located in Alaska
Anvik River
Location of the mouth of the Anvik River in Alaska

The Anvik River(/ˈæn.vɪk/) is a 140-mile (230 km) tributary of the Yukon River in the U.S. state of Alaska. It flows southeast from the Nulato Hills to its mouth on the larger river 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of Anvik.[3]

The annual production of summer chum salmon along the Anvik River is thought to be the largest in the Yukon River basin.[4] The river has excellent fishing for four species of salmon as well as northern pike, sheefish, Arctic char, rainbow trout, and grayling.[5]

Rated Class 1 (easy) on the International Scale of River Difficulty, about 121 miles (195 km) of the Anvik is suitable for floating by open canoes, folding boats and kayaks, and inflatable canoes, kayaks, and rafts. Floatplanes, riverboats, and wheeled airplanes that can land on gravel bars can transport boaters as far as McDonald Creek, near the headwaters.[5]

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  1. ^ Derived by entering source coordinates in Google Earth.
  2. ^ a b c "Anvik River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. March 31, 1981. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Orth, Donald J.; United States Geological Survey (1971) [1967]. Dictionary of Alaska Place Names: Geological Survey Professional Paper 567 (PDF). University of Alaska Fairbanks. United States Government Printing Office. p. 82. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 17, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ Dunbar, R.D.; Pfisterer, C.T. (2007). "Anvik River Sonar Chum Salmon Escapement Study, 2003: Fishery Data Series No. 07-15" (PDF). Alaska Department of Fish and Game. p. 1. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Jettmar, Karen (2008) [1993]. The Alaska River Guide: Canoeing, Kayaking, and Rafting in the Last Frontier (3rd ed.). Birmingham, Alabama: Menasha Ridge Press. pp. 90–91. ISBN 978-0-89732-957-6.