Aniak River

Aniak River Fishing Adventure

Aniak River Float Trip – Our most challenging River with Rewarding Wilderness Fishing

Your Aniak River fishing trip starts with a bush flight to Aniak Lake and continues approximately 140 miles to the take out (approximately 25 miles above the village of Aniak). You will be picked up by boat and transferred to the town of Aniak where you will take a wheeled airplane back to Bethel.  This river needs a minimum of 8 days, however most floaters prefer 10-14.

The fishing begins each year in early July with the King Salmon run and culminates each year in mid-September with the Rainbow fishing reaching its peak and the end of the Silver Salmon run. In addition to Rainbow and Salmon fishing, the Aniak Adventure also offers great Dolly Varden and Grayling fishing.

The Aniak River flows north from Aniak Lake through the foothills of the Kuskokwim Mountains 90 miles to the Kuskokwim River. The upper portion of the Aniak River provides spectacular scenery, clear cold water, and ample wildlife. The entire river is braided with gravel bar after gravel bar. Campsites are almost limitless along this river. The river provides the adventurer the opportunity to raft Alaska’s back country, while experiencing some of Alaska’s finest fishing. This river is not for the novice rafter. It contains many “sweepers” and logjams. Previous rafting experience is a must, however this is what makes the Aniak River a world-class adventure to float.  This is a challenging float for someone with good experience.

Transportation Costs Include:

  • Bush flight and boat pick-up to Aniak
  • River shuttle to Aniak Airport and wheeled flight to Bethel
  • All shuttles to and from Bethel airport

PRICE: $1,670.00 p/p

PLEASE NOTE: total price of the trip is transportation costs above plus equipment rental pricing.  Equipment Rental pricing varies based on gear selection, number of days and group size.
First night’s lodging in Bethel: $100.00
Showers on return to Bethel: $15.00

Aniak River Salmon Timing

Salmon Species Lower River Mid-Upper River Comments
King (Chinook) Late June July  
Dog (Chum) Early July Mid to Late July  
Red (Sockeye) Early July Mid to Late July  
Pink (Humpy) Late July August Even Year Return
Coho (Silver) Early August Mid August- September