Wood River System

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If you are the type of person that enjoys boating, camping, hiking, climbing and the peaceful tranquility of the great outdoors, the Wood River system of the Wood-Tikchik State Park is for you. The activities in the Wood River System are bound only by your imagination. It seems as though there are an endless number of tributaries flowing out of the snow capped mountains that engulf the west end of all the lakes in the Wood-Tikchik State Park. The state park owns several cabins scattered throughout the park where weary travelers can recharge themselves for more recreation than the human body was designed to endure.

If canoeing or kayaking is your choice of recreation you may decide to travel through all the connecting lakes that make the Wood River system. You would begin your trip at Kulik Lake, about 10 miles long and approximately 3 quarters of a mile wide. Fresh Water Adventures knows most all the popular camping spots on the lake. The most highly recommended camping location is a small cove directly under a steep cliff. An incredible stream of water appears to come right out of the rocks 100 feet above the lake, and falls on a mound of snow that never seems to melt.

The river leaving Kulik Lake is approximately 3 miles long, and is named the Wind River. At the bottom of the this river the trout and grayling school up, making this a great place to camp and catch dinner. Grayling and many other species of small fish and salmon depend on the delicate ecosystem to thrive in phenomenal numbers.

The lake at the bottom of the Wind River is named Mikchalk, and is the fourth lake in the Wood River System. Mikchalk is about 3 miles long and is surrounded by mountains. The Peace River leaves Mikchalk Lake and runs approximately 2 miles down into Lake Beverly. Lake Beverly deserves at least two days of your time for herself, partly because of the two horns at the head of the lake that extend back into the mountains. If you can't afford the time to explore both, the shorter of the two is named Silver Horn. The entrance of the Silver Horn bubbles with spawning salmon at the bottom of tributaries that carry mountain fresh water to the lake. Once inside, the north shoreline is freckled with islands that have few or no trees but are alive with vegetation sitting on top of piles of boulders and jagged rocks.

Past the islands, points of pea gravel extend out from the shoreline, distracting you from the end of the Horn. The Horn is nestled so tightly against the mountains that you think you are seeing it all, but the closer you get to the end the more its southwest corner reveals itself. Once you get to the end, you marvel at the mountain that seems to go up forever, with an endless supply of water continuously flowing from the snow covered peaks and down the deep valley, carved down the center of the mountain.