The Togiak River starts at Togiak Lake and flows southwest for 48 miles (77 km) to Togiak Bay, about 2 miles (3.2 km) east of the village of Togiak on Bristol Bay. The name is derived from the Athabascan “Reka Tugiyak”, or “Tugiak River”. Archaeological evidence indicates that the region has been continuously occupied for at least 2,000 years and that human occupancy may date back 4,000 to 5,000 years.
The Togiak River supports an important salmon fishery, and large catches are landed during the summer for subsistence and the commercial cannery in Togiak. The river is also popular for sport fishing, which is a significant source of local income. All five species of Pacific salmon, as well as Dolly Varden char and rainbow trout, are present.
The river is entirely within the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge that was established to conserve habitat, and fish and wildlife populations including salmon, marine birds and mammals, migratory birds, and large mammals. The Togiak National Wildlife Refuge includes 4.7 million acres (19,000 sq km) of land in southwest Alaska between Kuskokwim Bay and Bristol Bay. Read more here and here. Explore more of the Togiak River here: