Float Alaska takes the headache out of Do-It-Yourself. We rent expedition quality rafting and wilderness camping equipment. We guide you through early planning and coordinate all logistics with our partners Papa Bear and KWA. We operate in Bethel Alaska with access to the Bristol Bay and Kuskokwim River areas.
We float 9 rivers with multiple branches providing you with many options. Our rivers range from non whitewater with easy floating to more challenging options for advanced rowers. The value and flexibility of a DIY trip are unsurpassed. While lodges and guide operations have some benefits our trips are filled with the reward and satisfaction only achieved by floating a river drainage from top to bottom on your own.
Build your group find your river and float for 5-12+ days surrounded by magnificent Alaska scenery. Experience incredible fishing for 5 species of salmon, leopard rainbow trout, dolly varden, arctic char grayling, lake trout and sheefish while floating through 40-140 miles of pure heaven. With our 30 years of experience on these rivers and your goals in mind we will fully prepare you for your wilderness adventure.
The cycles of the fish are often times unpredictable and confusing. All areas of Alaska don’t move in sync with each other when it comes to salmon runs. This year in our area of Bristol Bay we are hoping we have seen the turning point with very good numbers of returning kings, chum and sockeye making it into our river systems. The impact of commercial fishing was removed by closing the season and the number of fish making it into the system has benefitted. The subsistence fishing reached a level where locals could find some light in the numbers they were allowed to harvest. The sport fishers once again could float through large groups of salmon bringing the needed nutrients into the system for healthy growth of local populations of fish. Crystal clear water and large fish await those who venture into the wilds to experience it. This experience is not for everybody. I am reminded of this each year. Just like the fish adapt to changing environments, we must adapt on the river to the weather, to gear we are unfamiliar with and to the movement and variability of the resource we seek. Solitude and companionship, work and reward, a renewed understanding of our place in this world. It may not come easy, it may require considerable effort. It may not be achieved the first time you try. But it is out there. I challenge you to find it.
2015 was a low water year and kept the Silvers from entering many of our river systems until late season rains kicked in. This concentrated the fish into the last week of August and into September. Although there are always plenty of fish to be caught in the rivers throughout the summer this led to some exceptionally hot late Silver action. In addition many camps closed on the rivers due to difficult access in the mid and upper regions. Our floaters took advantage of the virtually evacuated rivers and meandered from top to bottom locating the concentrated silvers. Of course there was still plenty of action on rainbows, dolly grayling and char. Thanks for a great season!
If you have experience rafting in the lower 48 or up in Alaska the routine is the same. Fly to Bethel with your food, fishing gear, and personal items and we will provide the rest: bush flights and pickups, rafting, camping and cooking gear, river GPS and general info. We spend as little or as much time you require in planning your trip to meet your goals.
If you are a newcomer to this type of adventure, review our pre-planned trips to see what options are available. Our package trips can also be modified with days added on as needed for extra fishing, photography, hiking. Some of our rivers are perfect for rafters with limited experience while others provide excitement and adventure around every corner.