Togiak River

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Togiak River
Meandering river aerial photography.jpg
Meandering Togiak River.
Togiak River is located in Alaska
Togiak River
Location of the mouth of the Togiak River in Alaska
CountryUnited States
Census AreaDillingham
Physical characteristics
SourceTogiak Lake
 - locationWood River Mountains, Togiak National Wildlife Refuge
 - coordinates59°32′07″N 159°41′11″W / 59.53528°N 159.68639°W / 59.53528; -159.68639[1]
 - elevation221 ft (67 m)[2]
MouthTogiak Bay
 - location2 miles (3.2 km) east of Togiak
 - coordinates59°04′23″N 160°20′05″W / 59.07306°N 160.33472°W / 59.07306; -160.33472Coordinates: 59°04′23″N 160°20′05″W / 59.07306°N 160.33472°W / 59.07306; -160.33472[1]
 - elevation0 ft (0 m)[1]
Length48 mi (77 km)[3]

Togiak River is a stream, 48-mile (77 km) long, in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of Alaska.[3] It begins at Togiak Lake in the Togiak Wilderness and flows southwest to Togiak Bay, 2 miles (3.2 km) east of Togiak.[1]

Large catches of salmon are landed during the summer at the commercial cannery in Togiak, and the fishery is also very important for subsistence harvesting by the local Alaska Natives.

The Togiak is a popular and productive river for sport fishing, producing very good catches of all five species of Pacific salmon. Dolly Varden char and rainbow trout are also present, and sport fishing is a substantial contributor to the local economy.

The river itself is very scenic, especially in the upper wilderness area, flanked by hills and distant mountains. Float trips are becoming increasingly popular, with excellent chances of observing wildlife including brown bears, caribou, moose, eagles and beaver.

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  1. ^ a b c d "Togiak River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. March 31, 1981. Retrieved November 18, 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. 972. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 17, 2013. Retrieved November 18, 2013.