Arolik River

Arolik River

Arolik River – Short on length long on intimate secluded fishing

Your Arolik River trip starts with a bush flight to Arolik Lake and continues 45 miles to the take out the mouth of the river near Quinhagak, AK.  You will be picked up in Quinhagak and be returned to Bethel via a wheeled plane.  This river needs a minimum of 5 days, however most floaters prefer 7-10 days.

The fishing begins each year in mid-June with the King Salmon run and culminates each year in mid-September with the Rainbow fishing reaching it’s peak and the end of the Silver Salmon run. In addition to Rainbow and Salmon fishing, the Arolik Adventure also offers great Dolly Varden and Grayling fishing. The Arolik River is World Renowned for its World Class Rainbow Trout that lurk in the river.

The Arolik is not a river for everyone but with a little extra effort you can enjoy some of the best fishing in Alaska plus seclusion unmatched anywhere else. A short duration float trip with good to excellent fishing. This float is for the novice to experienced rafter.

The Arolik starts small in volume and finishes with the same intimate feel. However, it unveils excellent wade fly-fishing around every corner from top to bottom.  The Arolik fishes big in its small tributaries and braided channels keeping fishermen challenged for up to 10 days or more on this short river. Hiking is fantastic with many climbs of 1000′ or more above the lake and river.  Expect to see few if any people on this river.

arolik salmonTransportation Costs Include:

  • Bush flight
  • River shuttle to Quinhagak Airport
  • Wheeled flight to Bethel
  • All shuttles to and from Bethel Airport

PRICE:  $1,440 pp plus $100 per day pp native corporation fee (applies to # days below snow gulch-approx. 1/2 total trip days)

This trip will typically be $4-500 more than our other trips

The total cost of your trip is transportation above plus equipment rental pricing.  Equipment Rental pricing -varies based on gear selection, number of days group size and weight limits.
First night’s lodging in Bethel: $100.00
Showers on return to Bethel: $15.00

Arolik River Salmon Timing

Salmon Species Lower River Mid-Upper River Comments
King (Chinook) 3rd week of June Early to Mid July  
Dog (Chum) Late June 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