January 1993
Alaska River Guide (9780882404974);1993, p156
The article provides information on the Aniakchak River in Alaska. For remote wilderness, solitude, wild weather, and wilder water, a float trip down the Aniakchak is very special. But the traveler should not attempt it unless he is an expert paddler and extremely self-reliant in Alaska wilderness camping. Issuing forth from a cerulean lake in the heart of the Aniakchak Caldera, the Aniakchak is truly a wild river. Aniakchak was a 7,000-foot mountain until ancient cataclysmic eruptions blew off its top, leaving a caldera 6 miles across from rim to rim and 36 square miles in area, with enclosing walls 2,000 feet high. Aniakchak was unknown to all hut native inhabitants of the region until 1922, when a U.S. Geological Survey field party led by R. H. Sargeant and W. R. Smith, and including Father Hubbard, visited the crater.


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