National Wildlife Refuge (Website)
a total area about the same size as the states of Connecticut and
Rhode Island combined, Togiak National Wildlife Refuge is a land
of sheer coastal cliffs and headlands, saltwater lagoons and bays,
rocky beaches and dunes, pristine rivers, alpine lakes, lowland
tundra, upland spruce forest, alpine meadows and the craggy peaks
of some of Southwest Alaska's tallest mountains. Togiak Refuge is
an enriching and rewarding destination for birds, wildlife from
both land and sea, and humans too!
of thousands of cliff-nesting migratory birds return to the Bristol
and Kuskokwim Bay shorelines each year, building their nests on
ledges and in cracks in the cliffs, in an attempt to avoid predators.
Murres, black legged kittiwakes, auklets, guillemots and cormorants
all vie for these precarious nesting spots, while various species
of geese, ducks and other migrating waterfowl nest, rest and feed
in the less-rugged lagoons and bays. Cape Newenham and Cape Pierce
likewise serve as haul-out, resting and feeding stops for Pacific
walrus, Northern sea lions and harbor seals, while offshore endangered
grey whales, beluga whales, menke whales and killer whales can be
viewed during their migration in the fall and spring.
from the ocean into the fresh water and advancing far inland each
summer, the miraculous cycle of the salmon is replayed year after
year. More than one million salmon, including all five species of
Pacific salmon, return to spawn in the rivers, lakes and streams
within the refuge. The millions of eggs and rotting carcasses of
the salmon adults who have spawned and died provide nutrients for
the rivers' fish, predators and plants, maintaining the health and
richness of these waters of the many river drainages within the
refuge. These include the largest rivers - the Goodnews, Kanektok
and Togiak. Rainbow
trout, arctic grayling, arctic char, lake trout, northern pike,
whitefish and smelt abound in these rivers and lakes, while brown
bears, eagles gulls and fox patrol the shores in search of a hearty
salmon meal. Moose and caribou also make their home here. The goodnews,
Kanektok and Togiak rivers all offer fantastic scenery and fishing,
and make for excellent float trips, but are by no means the only
accessible or worthwhile float trip destinations in the refuge.
Tikchik Airventures had been flying into the refuge for many years,
and can help you plan the trip that is particularly suited to meet
your unique needs.