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Description - The Alagnak River flows from Kukaklek Lake in Katmai National Preserve and offers 69 miles of outstanding whitewater floating. The river is also noted for abundant wildlife and sport fishing for five species of salmon. Portions of the main stream lie outside and westward of Katmai. This wild river comprises over 24,038 acres of federal land.

Recreation - Individuals who visit the Alagnak Wild River can enjoy wildlife watching, primitive camping and float trips. There are no fees administered for use of the Alagnak River. Permits are recommended for backcountry users and are available at no charge at the Brandy Creek Visitor Center.

Climate - The climate in this region of Alaska is cool and wet most of the year. Visitors to the park should have rain gear, including water-proof foot gear and wool clothing.

Location - Accomodations and supplies may be obtained in King Salmon.

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Report: River Rafting with Katmai's Kings - Alwaysinsight! Alaska Brown Bear Adventure Tour. ALAGNAK RIVER We begin our trip by flying commercial airliner from Anchorage to the southwestern fishing town of King Salmon. King Salmon is the jumping off point f or Katmai country. It is in King Salmon that our adventure begins. We load our gear and board floatplanes docked on the banks of the Naknek River. Shortly after take off, we are flying across barren ground tundra en route to Kukaklek Lake. After about an hour's flight, a sea-size, brilliant blue lake appears on the horizon. Buzzing in low for our landing approach, there are often wandering brown bears around the lakes shoreline, flocks of Sandhill crane and waterfowl in surrounding wetlands, browsing caribou feeding on tundra vegetation, and schools of red salmon swarming beneath the shadows of the aircraft's floats. Soon thereafter we land on Kukaklek Lake, and our plane pulls up to the beach. We unload and say farewell for the duration of our journey. Kukaklek Lake's basin is tundra covered, and the landscape of Katmai's rugged volcanoes tower in the distance. It is from Kukaklek Lake that the Alagnak River flows west-southwest 74 miles to its confluence with the Kvichak River. The Alagnak is a premier wilderness waterway offering diverse scenery, wildlife, fishing, and whitewater. The river runs through sub arctic tundra, taiga, and grasslands. It is typical to find bears fishing or feeding on blueberries, caribou roaming, and moose motionless on the riverbank. If we are in the right places at the right times, other animals like fox, wolf, river otter, beaver, eagles, ptarmigan, and waterfowl materialize throughout the trip. Fishing is outstanding for nine species of fish including northern pike, lake trout, rainbow trout, arctic grayling, and seasonal runs of King, Coho, Sockeye, Chum, Pink Salmon, and Dolly Varden. The Alagnak is one of southwestern Alaska's most famous sport fisheries. The river itself can be challenging. Slalom turning to avoid closely spaced rocks and boulder gardens, deep cuts through incised canyons, several rapids, an exciting whirlpool, and swimming bears, make this river a premier Alaska adventure experience. Formore information contact Brian Richardson Northern Rim Wilderness Adventures www.northernrim.com

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Contact Information:
Alagnak Wild River, c/o Katmai Natl Park & Preserve, P.O. Box 7 , King Salmon, AK, 99613, Phone: 907-246-3305

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