Togiak River

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Togiak River
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Meandering Togiak River.
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Location of the mouth of the Togiak River in Alaska
Native nameTuyuryaq  (Central Yupik)
Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Dillingham
Physical characteristics
Source Togiak Lake
  locationWood River Mountains, Togiak National Wildlife Refuge
  coordinates 59°32′07″N159°41′11″W / 59.53528°N 159.68639°W / 59.53528; -159.68639 [1]
  elevation221 ft (67 m) [2]
Mouth Togiak Bay
2 miles (3.2 km) east of Togiak
59°04′23″N160°20′05″W / 59.07306°N 160.33472°W / 59.07306; -160.33472 Coordinates: 59°04′23″N160°20′05″W / 59.07306°N 160.33472°W / 59.07306; -160.33472 [1]
0 ft (0 m) [1]
Length48 mi (77 km) [3]

Togiak River (Yup'ik: Tuyuryaq) 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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Dominated by the Ahklun Mountains in the north and the cold waters of Bristol Bay to the south, Togiak National Wildlife Refuge confronts the traveler with a kaleidoscope of landscapes. The natural forces that have shaped this land range from the violent and powerful to the geologically patient. Earthquakes and volcanoes filled the former role, and their marks can still be found, but it was the gradual advance and retreat of glacial ice that carved many of the physical features of this refuge.

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  1. 1 2 3 4 "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. 1 2 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.