Naknek River

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Naknek River
Naknek River salmon boats.jpg
Salmon boats on the Naknek River
Naknek River is located in Alaska
Naknek River
Location of the mouth of the Naknek River in Alaska
CountryUnited States
BoroughBristol Bay
Physical characteristics
SourceNaknek Lake
 • locationKatmai National Park and Preserve
 • coordinates58°41′04″N 156°25′25″W / 58.68444°N 156.42361°W / 58.68444; -156.42361[1]
 • elevation33 ft (10 m)[2]
MouthKvichak Bay
 • location
2 miles (3 km) west of Naknek, Alaska Peninsula
 • coordinates
58°43′07″N 157°03′56″W / 58.71861°N 157.06556°W / 58.71861; -157.06556Coordinates: 58°43′07″N 157°03′56″W / 58.71861°N 157.06556°W / 58.71861; -157.06556[1]
 • elevation
0 ft (0 m)[1]
Length35 mi (56 km)[3]

Naknek River is a stream, 35 miles (56 km) long, in the Bristol Bay Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska.[3] It flows west from Naknek Lake to empty into Kvichak Bay, an arm of Bristol Bay.[1] The river and lake are both known for their sockeye and other salmon.[4]

The village of King Salmon is near the head of the river; Naknek and South Naknek lie at its mouth, on the north and south banks respectively.[5] The head lies within Katmai National Park and Preserve.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Naknek River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. January 1, 2000. Retrieved November 29, 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. 671. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 17, 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
  4. ^ Limeres, Rene; Pedersen, Gunnar; et al. (2005). Alaska Fishing: The Ultimate Angler's Guide (3rd ed.). Roseville, California: Publishers Design Group. pp. 232–33. ISBN 1-929170-11-4.
  5. ^ a b Alaska Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2010. pp. 49–50. ISBN 978-0-89933-289-5.