Kanektok River

Quinhagak, Alaska

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From its source at Kagati Lake (an Eskimo word meaning "the source") in the Ahkhrn Mountains in Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, the Kanektok River flows westerly for 85 miles to Kuskokwim Bay near the village of Quinhagak. Draining an area of 752 square miles, the river has an average width of 200 feet and a gradient of 15 feet per mile. The upper river flows through a valley lined with mountains; the lower river meanders in a braided fashion across a broad floodplain of flat tundra. Several fishing guide camps are in the area. Motorboats are allowed, so if you want a pristine wildemess experience, don't float the river between mid-July and mid-August, the height of sportfishing season. The highly scenic Kanektok is crystal-clear, gravel-bottomed, and full of fish. Like many other streams and rivers in the Kuskokwim drainage, the Holitna is a fly-fisher's paradise, with all five species of salmon, rainbow trout, Dolly Varden char, and arctic grayling.

Kanektok River Professional Review and Guide

"From its source at Kagati Lake (an Eskimo word meaning "the source") in the Ahkhrn Mountains in Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, the Kanektok River flows westerly for 85 miles to Kuskokwim Bay near the village of Quinhagak. Draining an area of 752 square miles, the river has an average width of 200 feet and a gradient of 15 feet per mile.

The upper river flows through a valley lined with mountains; the lower river meanders in a braided fashion across a broad floodplain of flat tundra. Several fishing guide camps are in the area. Motorboats are allowed, so if you want a pristine wildemess experience, don't float the river between mid-July and mid-August, the height of sportfishing season. The highly scenic Kanektok is crystal-clear, gravel-bottomed, and full of fish. Like many other streams and rivers in the Kuskokwim drainage, the Holitna is a fly-fisher's paradise, with all five species of salmon, rainbow trout, Dolly Varden char, and arctic grayling."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Quinhagak
Distance: 85
Duration: 5-7 days
Class: Class I-II
Season: June through September
Local Contacts: Togiak National Wildlife Refuge; Qanirtuuq Inc.
Driving Directions: Directions to Kanektok River

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