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We floated the Alagnak River, via 2 man rubber rafts, on the Alaska Peninsula,
just north of King Salmon, Alaska July 23-28, 1973. Participants were:
||BOR - Team leader
||BUI - Anchorage District
||NPS - Supt. Katmai N.M
||ADF&G King Salmon
||Bristol Bay Native Association was not along due to
another engagement, but was scheduled to go.
We flew from Anchorage and King Salmon via BLM goose to Kukalek Lake, the
source of the Alagnak, on July 23 (1978). First camp was near the river's
outlet at the lake.
The first day was clear and sunny, many red salmon were caught and released.
The lake and first few miles of river are in tundra country before becoming tree
lined. The second day we started down the river which was fast and mostly deep.
About 15 miles downstream we came upon a series of rapids shown on the USGS
maps. They must be lined. The river is in a narrow gorge at this point.
The first 100 yards of rapids could be run, but the river is so fast that a
person but a person would not have time to get ashore before the falls. We
camped just below the falls that night. We encountered some runable rapids below
the camp the next day.
The remainder of the river is fast, but easily runable. We camped in
two spots in the middle and lower braided reaches of the river. We were picked
up by BLM Goose about 10 miles upstream from the river's mouth on July 28 at a
native fish camp.
The Alagnak afforded excellent fishing for red and king salmon, lake trout,
Dollies, and grayling. Wildlife seen includes grizzly bear, moose, hawks,
eagles, geese, ducks, ptarmigan, and swans.
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