Naknek River

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Naknek River
Naknek River salmon boats.jpg
Salmon boats on the Naknek River
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough Bristol Bay
Source Naknek Lake
 - location Katmai National Park and Preserve
 - elevation 33 ft (10 m) [1]
 - coordinates 58°41′04″N 156°25′25″W / 58.68444°N 156.42361°W / 58.68444; -156.42361 [2]
Mouth Kvichak Bay
 - location 2 miles (3 km) west of Naknek, Alaska Peninsula
 - elevation 0 ft (0 m) [2]
 - 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 [2]
Length 35 mi (56 km) [3]
Naknek River is located in Alaska
Naknek River
Location of the mouth of the Naknek River in Alaska

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.[2] 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. ^ Derived by entering source coordinates in Google Earth.
  2. ^ a b c d "Naknek River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. January 1, 2000. Retrieved November 29, 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. 671. 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.