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The Newhalen River (Dena'ina: Nughiltnu) is a 22-mile (35 km) stream in the Lake and Peninsula Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska.[3] Beginning at Six Mile Lake, the Newhalen flows south to enter Iliamna Lake about 3 miles (5 km) south of Iliamna.[1]

Newhalen River
Location of the mouth of the Newhalen River in Alaska
CountryUnited States
BoroughLake and Peninsula
Physical characteristics
SourceSix Mile Lake
  coordinates59°56′56″N 154°51′42″W[1]
  elevation253 ft (77 m)[2]
MouthIliamna Lake
3 miles (5 km) south of Iliamna
59°42′48″N 154°53′24″W[1]
46 ft (14 m)[1]
Length22 mi (35 km)[3]

Alaska Fishing describes the river as "the major pathway for a mind-boggling migration of sockeye salmon"[4] that ascend the stream in early summer. The main game fish in addition to sockeye are rainbow trout.[4]

It is possible to float parts of the Newhalen in rafts and kayaks. However, waterfalls rated Class V (extremely difficult) on the International Scale of River Difficulty and other sections of whitewater rated Class IV (very difficult) mean that the river "is rarely run in its entirety".[5] The first 8 miles (13 km) below Six Mile Lake are Class I (easy), and there is a take-out point, Upper Landing, at the end of this stretch. More difficult water begins below Upper Landing.[5]

See also


  1. "Newhalen River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. January 1, 2000. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  2. Derived by entering source coordinates in Google Earth.
  3. Orth, Donald J.; United States Geological Survey (1971) [1967]. Dictionary of Alaska Place Names: Geological Survey Professional Paper 567 (PDF). University of Alaska Fairbanks. United States Government Printing Office. p. 684. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 17, 2013. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  4. Limeres, Rene; Pedersen, Gunnar; et al. (2005). Alaska Fishing: The Ultimate Angler's Guide (3rd ed.). Roseville, California: Publishers Design Group. p. 230. ISBN 1-929170-11-4.
  5. Jettmar, Karen (2008) [1993]. The Alaska River Guide: Canoeing, Kayaking, and Rafting in the Last Frontier (3rd ed.). Birmingham, Alabama: Menasha Ridge Press. pp. 177–78. ISBN 978-0-89732-957-6.

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[de] Newhalen River

Der Newhalen River ist ein Fluss im Südwesten von Alaska, westlich der nördlichen Aleutenkette.
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