Explore Our Rivers

all riversBethel is located 400 miles west of Anchorage and is the gateway to the 20 million acre Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, the largest wildlife refuge in North America. Bethel is also located in the Bristol Bay area of Alaska that is famous for its world class sport fishing. Our rivers have excellent fishing for Silver Salmon, King Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Chum Salmon, Pink Salmon giant Leopard Rainbow Trout, Grayling, Arctic Char and Dolly Varden. Some rivers also have Northern Pike and Sheefish. These remote rivers also provide for incredible bird and wildlife viewing in addition to photographic opportunities.

Our rivers are not whitewater. Basic rowing experience is required. Low water, braids, sweeps or fallen trees make some of our rivers more difficult to navigate. Basic rowing and common sense will get you down a number of our rivers. None of our rivers come close to combat fishing. Although our “popular” rivers will have lodges and motorized traffic towards the bottom you may not see another group in the first 5 days.  If you prefer 10 days without pressure we can do that too.

Our rivers are not glacially fed and they are filtered by lakes.  Because of this they will typically run clear for excellent sight fishing opportunities.  Although rain events may temporarily change water clarity and levels we have not found this to be a significant impact on our trips.

Most trips start at the headwaters in the high mountain lakes.  The outlets vary between 30′ and 200′ and meander through mountains, Boreal Forests, intermediate Tundra, and coastal Tundra before finishing their journey into the Kuskokwim or Bristol Bay.  Explore Alaska as it was meant to be. Watch the river grow and experience the nature, geography and friendship of a Do-It-Yourself Alaska Float Trip.


Aniak RiverAniak

8 / 10-14 DAYS | 140 MILES | SCENERY: Spectacular
SOLITUDE: Moderate | PHYSICAL: Heavy
ROWING: Advanced | CAMPING: Excellent
SALMON: Chinook (King), Chum (Dog), Sockeye (Red) , Pink (Humpback), Coho (Silver)

 


Arolik RiverArolik River

5 / 7-10 DAYS | 45 MILES | SCENERY: Tundra
SOLITUDE: Moderate | PHYSICAL: Moderate
ROWING: Easy | CAMPING: Good
SALMON: Chinook (King), Chum (Dog), Sockeye (Red) , Pink (Humpback), Coho (Silver)
Clear Water Option with excellent trout fishing


Eek RiverEek River

6 / 7-10 DAYS | 75 MILES | SCENERY: Tundra
SOLITUDE: Remote | PHYSICAL: Minimal
ROWING: Easy
SALMON: Chinook (King), Chum (Dog), Sockeye (Red) , Pink (Humpback), Coho (Silver)

No rainbows on this river


Goodnews RiverGoodnews River NF/M

6 / 7-10 DAYS | 60 MILES | SCENERY: Exc Top
SOLITUDE: 1/2 mod/busy | PHYSICAL: Minimal
ROWING: Easy | CAMPING: Good
SALMON: Chinook (King), Chum (Dog), Sockeye (Red) , Pink (Humpback), Coho (Silver)


Holitna RiverHolitna River

7 / 7-10 DAYS | 85 MILES | SCENERY: Exc
SOLITUDE: Remote | PHYSICAL: Minimal
ROWING: Easy | CAMPING: Exc
SALMON: Chinook (King), Chum (Dog), Sockeye (Red) , Pink (Humpback), Coho (Silver)


Izavieknik RiverIzavieknik RIver

3 / 4-5 DAYS | 12 MILES | SCENERY: Exc
SOLITUDE: Remote | PHYSICAL: Minimal
ROWING: Easy | CAMPING: Good
SALMON: Chinook (King), Chum (Dog), Sockeye (Red) , Pink (Humpback), Coho (Silver)


Kanektok RiverKanetok River

7 / 7-10 DAYS | 90-100 MILES | SCENERY: Exc Top
SOLITUDE: 1/2 mod/busy | PHYSICAL: Moderate
ROWING: Moderate | CAMPING: Exc
SALMON: Chinook (King), Chum (Dog), Sockeye (Red) , Pink (Humpback), Coho (Silver)


Kisaralik RiverKisaralik River

7 / 7-10 DAYS | 100 MILES | SCENERY: Exc
SOLITUDE: Remote | PHYSICAL: Moderate Drop/Rapid
ROWING: Moderate+ | CAMPING: Exc
SALMON: Chinook (King), Chum (Dog), Sockeye (Red) , Pink (Humpback), Coho (Silver)


Kwethluk RiverKwethluk River

7 / 7-10 DAYS | 100 MILES | SCENERY: Good
SOLITUDE: Remote | PHYSICAL: Moderate Sweepers
ROWING: Moderate+ | CAMPING: Exc
SALMON: Chinook (King), Chum (Dog), Sockeye (Red) , Pink (Humpback), Coho (Silver)