Newhalen River

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Newhalen River
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough Lake and Peninsula
Source Six Mile Lake
 - elevation 253 ft (77 m) [1]
 - coordinates 59°56′56″N 154°51′42″W / 59.94889°N 154.86167°W / 59.94889; -154.86167 [2]
Mouth Iliamna Lake
 - location 3 miles (5 km) south of Iliamna
 - elevation 46 ft (14 m) [2]
 - coordinates 59°42′48″N 154°53′24″W / 59.71333°N 154.89000°W / 59.71333; -154.89000Coordinates: 59°42′48″N 154°53′24″W / 59.71333°N 154.89000°W / 59.71333; -154.89000 [2]
Length 22 mi (35 km) [3]
Newhalen River is located in Alaska
Newhalen River
Location of the mouth of the Newhalen River in Alaska

The Newhalen River is a 22-mile (35 km) stream in the Lake and Peninsula Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska.[3] Beginning at Six Mile Lake, the Newhalen flows south to enter Iliamna Lake about 3 miles (5 km) south of Iliamna.[2]

Alaska Fishing describes the river as "the major pathway for a mind-boggling migration of sockeye salmon"[4] that ascend the stream in early summer. The main game fish in addition to sockeye are rainbow trout.[4]

It is possible to float parts of the Newhalen in rafts and kayaks. However, waterfalls rated Class V (extremely difficult) on the International Scale of River Difficulty and other sections of whitewater rated Class IV (very difficult) mean that the river "is rarely run in its entirety".[5] The first 8 miles (13 km) below Six Mile Lake are Class I (easy), and there is a take-out point, Upper Landing, at the end of this stretch. More difficult water begins below Upper Landing.[5]

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  1. ^ Derived by entering source coordinates in Google Earth.
  2. ^ a b c d "Newhalen River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. January 1, 2000. Retrieved November 28, 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. 684. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Limeres, Rene; Pedersen, Gunnar; et al. (2005). Alaska Fishing: The Ultimate Angler's Guide (3rd ed.). Roseville, California: Publishers Design Group. p. 230. ISBN 1-929170-11-4. 
  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. 177–78. ISBN 978-0-89732-957-6.