Togiak River

Togiak, Alaska

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This is an easy trip on an outstanding river in western Alaska, with exceptional wilderness scenery in its upper reaches. From Upper Togiak Lake, the river flows from the southern foothills of the Kilbuck Mountains to Togiak Bay, draining about 2,000 square miles. Exceptionally clear, the river flows 40 to 80 feet wide in its upper reaches and 150 to 250 feet wide near its mouth over a distance of 60 miles from Togiak Lake. The distance from Upper Togiak Lake to the outlet of Togiak Lake is 22 miles, making for a 60-mile paddle and float. The upper Togiak valley is clothed in tundra, which reaches up the surrounding mountains. A rare geological phenomenon is foundd in this valley: a tuya- a flat-topped, steep-sided volcano formed when lava erupted under a glacier. The 2-mile-long tuya is not within the immediate river corridor and requires a long hike to see.

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"This is an easy trip on an outstanding river in western Alaska, with exceptional wilderness scenery in its upper reaches. From Upper Togiak Lake, the river flows from the southern foothills of the Kilbuck Mountains to Togiak Bay, draining about 2,000 square miles. Exceptionally clear, the river flows 40 to 80 feet wide in its upper reaches and 150 to 250 feet wide near its mouth over a distance of 60 miles from Togiak Lake.

The distance from Upper Togiak Lake to the outlet of Togiak Lake is 22 miles, making for a 60-mile paddle and float. The upper Togiak valley is clothed in tundra, which reaches up the surrounding mountains. A rare geological phenomenon is foundd in this valley: a tuya- a flat-topped, steep-sided volcano formed when lava erupted under a glacier. The 2-mile-long tuya is not within the immediate river corridor and requires a long hike to see."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Togiak
Distance: 82
Duration: 5-6 days
Class: Class I-II
Season: June through late September
Local Contacts: Togiak National Wildlife Refuge; Togiak Natives Ltd. Corporation; Twin Hills Native Corporation.
Driving Directions: Directions to Togiak River

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May 2018