Let The Pros Help You Plan Your Custom Alaska Trip…

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.

From The Blog

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King Salmon numbers are good-wilderness always prevails

King Salmon cycles are often times unpredictable and confusing.  All areas of Alaska don’t move in sync with each other when it comes to salmon runs.  While Salmon runs have seen little on the positive side in the Anchorage area, Bristol Bay has seen the turning point with very good numbers of returning king salmon, chum and sockeye making it into our river systems.  The impact of commercial fishing has been limited and it appears the number of fish making it into the system has seen substantial increases.  King Salmon subsistence fishing reached a level where locals can find some light.  The sport fishers once again are floating through large groups of salmon bringing the needed nutrients into the system for healthy growth of local populations of fish.

I am reminded each year of how we are very much like the fish.   Just like the fish we adapt to changing environments:

  •  adapting on the river to the weather
  •  adjusting to gear we are unfamiliar with
  • identifying and adapt to the movement and variability of the resource we seek.

It is important to seek solitude and companionship, work and reward, and an understanding of our place in this world.  Finding balance 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.

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High and Dry Bristol Bay Silver Salmon

2015 was an extraordinarily low water year and kept the Bristol Bay Silver Salmon from entering many of our river systems until late season rains kicked in. As a result, fish concentrated into the last week of August and into September. Although there are always plenty of fish to be caught in the rivers, 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.

Because Float Alaska trips leave 7 days a week and return on any number of days it is quite possible to find these events both inside and outside of peak salmon runs.  I will work hard to get you on the river with 2-4 days notice.  Grab 3 friends and talk about this strategy and see what happens this summer.

A difficult to use strategy but often very rewarding strategy:

  • prepare your group for travel based upon weather conditions and current salmon weir counts.
    • Use 15 day forecasts and daily salmon counts
  • airline flights may be $200-300 higher
  • increased odds of a favorable weather pattern
  • increased odds of “hitting the run”
  • that makes for a truly memorable Alaska adventure.

Because Float Alaska trips leave 7 days a week and return on any number of days it is quite possible to find these events both inside and outside of peak salmon runs.  I will work hard to get you on the river with 2-4 days notice.  Grab 3 friends and talk about this strategy and see what happens this summer.

Build Your Own Trip

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.

Pre-Planned Package Trips

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.

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