Goodnews River

Goodnews RiverYour trip starts with a bush flight to Goodnews Lake and continues approximately 60 miles to the take out (approximately 5 miles above the village of Goodnews). You will be picked up by boat and towed to the airstrip in the town of Goodnews where you will take a wheeled airplane back to Bethel.  Minimum float is 6 days however most floaters prefer 7-10 days.

The Goodnews River flows southwest from Goodnews Lake down the Goodnews Valley. The upper portion of the river has a slow current and lies within designated wilderness in the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge surrounded by green tundra covered mountains.  The current increases in the middle section with no real obstructions along the route. The scenery, fishing, hiking and camping opportunities throughout the float are fantastic. Most of the shoreline is open tundra with some stands of willows and cottonwoods along the route. The lower 5 to 10 miles has a strong tidal influence which is why a boat pickup is recommended to get through this section back to the Village of Goodnews.

The Goodnews River offers excellent seasonal opportunities for Salmon, Dolly Varden, Grayling and Rainbow fishing. 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 its peak and the end of the Silver Salmon run.

Transportation Costs Include:

  • Bush flight and boat tow to Goodnews Lake
  • Wheeled flight back to Bethel
  • All shuttle to and from Bethel airport

Tranportation PRICE: $1,520.00 p/p

PLEASE NOTE: total price of the trip is transportation 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

Goodnews River Salmon Timing

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