Kuskokwim Drainage Management Area

The Kuskokwim River is the second largest drainage in the state of Alaska. The glacially turbid mainstem is approximately 900 miles long, originating from the interior headwaters of the Kuskokwim Mountains and the shadows of the Alaska Range. The Kuskokwim River flows in a southwest direction to the Bering Sea. The sparsely populated Kuskokwim drainage has population centers at Bethel, Aniak, and McGrath, in addition to numerous villages along its length. The Kuskokwim is a remote area of Alaska. People usually travel by aircraft to one of the three previously mentioned hubs. There are no roads, except within the cities and villages on the Kuskokwim.

Sport fisheries management is partitioned into Lower and Upper Management Areas in the Kuskokwim River drainage. The Lower Kuskokwim includes the tributaries of the Aniak, Tuluksak, Kisaralik, Kasigluk, Kwethluk, Eek and adjacent waters of Kuskokwim Bay. The Upper management area includes all water bodies upstream of the Aniak River, notably the Holitna and George rivers and many smaller streams.

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