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Marsh grasses along the upper Kvichak River.
By Erin McKittrick.


The Kvichak River is a river in southwestern Alaskamarker, located at the conjunction of the Alaska Peninsulamarker, to the Alaska mainland at about With headwaters in Lake Iliamnamarker, it drains the lake into Kvichak Bay, an arm of Bristol Baymarker. The river is about 97 km (60 miles) long. The communities of Levelockmarker, King Salmonmarker, Naknekmarker, and Igiugigmarker lie on the Kvichak River. The Kvichak is navigable along its entire length, and is used as a short cut by boats getting between Cook Inletmarker and Bristol Baymarker via the Lake Iliamnamarker portage.

The Kvichak River is part of the watershed downstream of the proposed Pebble Minemarker.

Historically, the river was navigated and subsistence fished by local Alaska Natives. The name of the river means from- or up to- great water, a reference to Iliamna Lake, Alaska's largest freshwater lake.


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