January 1993
Alaska River Guide (9780882404974);1993, p181
The article provides information on the Mulchatna River in Alaska. A wild river beginning in the jeweled alpine lake region of the Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, the Mulchatna offers paddling experiences from swift Class III rapids to a gentle float through pristine forested lowlands. Leaving the glacier-clad Chigmit Mountains to the east, the first 22 miles of the river are shallow, rocky, and swift Class If-III white-water. Sometimes this section of the river is too shallow to run. Around the headwaters, high, well-drained slopes and ridges are covered with alpine tundra, offering excellent hiking. As the river descends, it leaves the open tundra country and cuts through forested foothills of spruce and birch.


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