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The Nushagak River is a river in southwest Alaskamarker, USAmarker. It begins in the Alaska Range and flows southwest 450 km (280 miles) to Nushagak Bay, an inlet of Bristol Baymarker, east of Dillingham, Alaskamarker.

The Mulchatna Rivermarker is a major tributary. Other navigable tributaries include the Nuyakuk Rivermarker and the King Salmon Rivermarker.Jet-boats are commonly used to access these tributaries and the upper Nushagak. The Iowithla River and the Kokwok River are smaller tributaries.

The villages of Portage Creekmarker, Ekwokmarker, Koliganekmarker and New Stuyahokmarker are on the river. The town of Dillinghammarker (Pop. 2,466) is on Nushagak Baymarker.

The Nushagak River is downstream of the proposed Pebble Minemarker, whose tailings storage lake would sit at the headwaters of the Koktuli River, one of the Nushagak's tributaries. Villages on the Nushagak are among the major opponents of the proposal.

All five species of Pacific salmon (Chinook, Coho, Sockeye, Chum and Pink) spawn in the river or its tributaries. Commercial, subsistence and sport fishing are important in the area. Most notable is the annual run of King (Chinook) Salmon which occurs from mid-June to mid-July. Rainbow trout, northern pike, grayling, burbot, whitefish and arctic char are also present in the Nushagak.

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