and Mulchatna Rivers
Nushagak and Mulchatna drainages form the largest river systems
in Bristol Bay. The area encompasses roughly 10,000 square miles,
with 89 percent of the land owned by the state of federal government.
headwaters of the Nuchagak Rivers begin in the Nushagak Hills, while
the Mulchatna Rivers drain lakes in the Alaska Range in Lake Clark
National Park. Both rivers are clear in their upper reaches, and
become increasingly muddy as they near the cost. Four Yup'ik Eskimo
communities - the Koliganek, New Stuyahok, Ekwod and Portage Creek
are located on the lower Nushagak River.
fishing for king and silver salmon, rainbow trout and grayling bring
anglers to these rivers. Wildlife in the area include one of the
largest caribou herds in the state - the Mulchatna Caribou herd
- as well as brown bear, black bear and moose.