Alaska: Lake Nerka

Lake Nerka At Wood Tikchik State Park

Appropriately named for salmon, Alaska's Lake Nerka is a popular salmon spawning spot and fishing destination. The area is also an important feeding area for brown bears. We've conserved land around the lake as well as the creeks and rivers that flow from it, including Elva Creek. Elva Lake and Creek form an important sockeye spawning system for tens of thousands of salmon and other fish. The public heavily uses the mouth of Elva Creek for subsistence, fishing and other recreation.

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