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Chilikadrotna River
Chilikadrotna River is located in Alaska
Chilikadrotna River
Location of the mouth of the Chilikadrotna River in Alaska
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough Lake and Peninsula
Physical characteristics
Main source Twin Lakes
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
2,001 ft (610 m)
60°39′58″N 154°02′41″W / 60.66611°N 154.04472°W / 60.66611; -154.04472
River mouth Mulchatna River
46 miles (74 km) northwest of Nondalton
850 ft (260 m)
60°35′34″N 155°23′32″W / 60.59278°N 155.39222°W / 60.59278; -155.39222
Length 55 mi (89 km)
Type: Wild
Designated: December 2, 1980

The Chilikadrotna River is a 55-mile (89 km) tributary of the Mulchatna River in the U.S. state of Alaska. It begins in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve in northern Lake and Peninsula Borough and flows westward into the larger river 46 miles (74 km) northwest of Nondalton.

In 1980, the upper 11 miles (18 km) of the river became part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. This segment, rated "wild", lies within the national park.


During the months from June to September, the river is generally floatable in 10-to-13-foot (3 to 4 m) rafts or in kayaks by boaters with the necessary skills. Much of the Chilikadrotna River is rated Class II (medium) on the International Scale of River Difficulty, though a stretch about 5 miles (8 km) below the confluence with the Little Mulchatna River is rated Class III (difficult). The river also includes some Class I (easy) water. Dangers include overhanging vegetation, logjams, swift current, and a narrow winding course.

Floatfishing is popular on this river, although Alaska Fishing warns that this is "not a river for inexperienced boaters." There are no formal campgrounds or other accommodations along the river. Game fish on the Chilikadrotna include silver salmon, Arctic grayling, char, rainbow trout, and lake trout.

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