Karluk River

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Karluk River
Karluk river Alaska spawned out pink salmon dead at Karluk river counting weir.jpg
Weir on the Karluk River
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough Kodiak Island
Source Karluk Lake
 - elevation 388 ft (118 m) [1]
 - coordinates 57°26′30″N 154°06′26″W / 57.44167°N 154.10722°W / 57.44167; -154.10722 [2]
Mouth Shelikof Strait
 - location Karluk
 - elevation 0 ft (0 m) [2]
 - coordinates 57°34′18″N 154°27′44″W / 57.57167°N 154.46222°W / 57.57167; -154.46222Coordinates: 57°34′18″N 154°27′44″W / 57.57167°N 154.46222°W / 57.57167; -154.46222 [2]
Length 24 mi (39 km) [3]
Karluk River is located in Alaska
Karluk River
Location of the mouth of the Karluk River in Alaska

The Karluk River is a stream, 24 miles (39 km) long, on Kodiak Island in the U.S. state of Alaska.[3] It begins at Karluk Lake in the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge and flows north and then northwest through Karluk Lagoon to the Shelikof Strait at Karluk.[4]

Sportfishing is popular in this river basin, "the largest and most productive" on Kodiak Island.[5] It has significant runs of sockeye salmon, Coho, pink, Chinook, and chum salmon, and steelhead, and Dolly Varden trout are also prevalent.[5] The entire main stem, rated Class I (easy) on the International Scale of River Difficulty, is floatable by raft or kayak.[5]

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  1. ^ Derived by entering source coordinates in Google Earth.
  2. ^ a b c "Karluk River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. March 31, 1981. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  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. 497. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 17, 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ Alaska Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2010. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-89933-289-5. 
  5. ^ a b c Limeres, Rene; Pedersen, Gunnar; et al. (2005). Alaska Fishing: The Ultimate Angler's Guide (3rd ed.). Roseville, California: Publishers Design Group. pp. 336–37. ISBN 1-929170-11-4.