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Tikchik River Trail

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  Seasons:Summer & Fall
  Difficulty: Moderate
  Activity: Rafting, Fishing
  Length: 60 Miles

  How to Get There:
Commerical air to Dillingham, air charter from Dillingham airport to trailhead.

 Nearest Town: Aleknagik

 USGS Quads:
Taylor Mountains B-8,
A-8, A-7, D-7 63K

  Managed by:
Alaska State Parks
Wood-Tikchik District
P.O. Box 3022
Dillingham, AK 99576

  Web Links:
Wood-Tikchik State Park

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Location in State
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Trail Description:
Approximately 60 miles in length, the Tikchik River originates in both Nishlik and Upnuk Lakes. Both forks begin above treeline and provide swift, class I, boating until they join approximately 10 river miles below Upnuk Lake. Short stretches of Class II whitewater exist on the middle section of the river and the final 30 miles travel through mixed spruce and deciduous upland forest. The trip terminates in Tikchik Lake.

Both crystal clear lakes are set amongst the rugged Wood River Mountains. The river flows through broad expanses of rolling, open taiga with excellent caribou, brown bear, and moose viewing opportunities at each turn. The lower half of the river descends through mixed spruce and deciduous upland forest. Good to excellent fishing for arctic grayling, char, northern pike, and rainbow trout in the numerous deep, clear holes in adjacent sloughs. Sockeye salmon are present from early July until early September. The trail's terminus, Tikchik Lake, is noted for its numerous large granite domes raising up to 1,000 feet in sheer cliffs from the lakes southern shore.

Tikchik River Area     Tikchik River Area

Last updated on Monday, December 10, 2007.
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