National Geographic : 1975 Jun
crater floor. Under the far rim the deep blue of Surprise Lake empties through a 2,000 foot rift and rattles 27 miles to the Pacific as the Aniakchak River. Together with other unspoiled watercourses both within and out side parklands, it would be included in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Spawning season brings sockeye salmon to these icy waters-and the brown bears that follow that moveable feast. As with much of Alaska, the most feasible access is by air, and floatplanes can land on Surprise Lake. Seen from the crater floor, Aniakchak's vents, lava flows, and ash fields soften under a succession of plants that attest to the tenacity of life.