Kanektok River

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Kanektok River
Togiak Refuge (12293842965).jpg
The Kanektok River flows through the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge.
Kanektok River is located in Alaska
Kanektok River
Location of the mouth of the Kanektok River in Alaska
CountryUnited States
Census AreaBethel
Physical characteristics
SourceKagati Lake
 ⁃ locationTogiak National Wildlife Refuge
 ⁃ coordinates59°52′48″N 160°07′25″W / 59.88000°N 160.12361°W / 59.88000; -160.12361[1]
 ⁃ elevation1,059 ft (323 m)[2]
MouthKuskokwim Bay
 ⁃ location
1.5 miles (2.4 km) west of Quinhagak
 ⁃ coordinates
59°44′46″N 161°55′53″W / 59.74611°N 161.93139°W / 59.74611; -161.93139Coordinates: 59°44′46″N 161°55′53″W / 59.74611°N 161.93139°W / 59.74611; -161.93139[1]
 ⁃ elevation
0 ft (0 m)[1]
Length75 mi (121 km)[3]
Basin size752 sq mi (1,950 km2)[4]

The Kanektok River is a 75-mile (121 km) stream in southwestern Alaska in the United States.[3] Beginning in the Ahklun Mountains at Kagati and Pegati lakes, it flows westward into Kuskokwim Bay on the Bering Sea at the city of Quinhagak.[5] Almost all of the river's course lies within the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge.[5] The Quinhagak Village Corporation owns the land bordering the lowermost 17 miles (27 km) of the river.[6]


The Kanektok River, varying from Class I (easy) to II (medium) on the International Scale of River Difficulty, is floatable by many kinds of watercraft. The upper reaches below Kagati Lake are sometimes too shallow for boats. Below this, swift currents, braided channels, logjams, and overhanging or submerged vegetation make the float "not a trip for beginners."[4] In high water, the difficulty along the upper 55 miles (89 km) of the river may increase to Class III (difficult).[4]

Alaska Fishing describes the river as "one of Alaska's most celebrated salmon and trout streams".[6] The main game fish are rainbow trout, char, Arctic grayling, king (Chinook), silver (Coho), chum, and red (sockeye) salmon. Anglers can float down from the headwaters , hire a boat to go upriver from Quinhagak, or fish near tent camps and lodges along the lower river.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c "Kanektok River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. March 31, 1981. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  2. ^ Derived by entering source coordinates in Google Earth.
  3. ^ a b 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. 493. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 17, 2013. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Jettmar, Karen (2008) [1993]. The Alaska River Guide: Canoeing, Kayaking, and Rafting in the Last Frontier (3rd ed.). Birmingham, Alabama: Menasha Ridge Press. pp. 187–88. ISBN 978-0-89732-957-6.
  5. ^ a b Alaska Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2010. pp. 54–55. ISBN 978-0-89933-289-5.
  6. ^ a b c Limeres, Rene; Pedersen, Gunnar; et al. (2005). Alaska Fishing: The Ultimate Angler's Guide (3rd ed.). Roseville, California: Publishers Design Group. p. 248. ISBN 1-929170-11-4.