Holitna River

Holitna RiverYour trip starts with a bush flight to the headwaters of the Holitna and continues 85 miles to the take out.  You will be picked up along the river near the confluence of the Holitna and Hoholitna rivers by floatplane and flown back to Bethel.  This is a class I-II river minimum float is 7 days but most floaters prefer 7-10 days to float. The Holitna River is an easy flowing river in southwest Alaska, running through a vast wilderness area. Flowing north along the base of the Kuskokwim Mountains and out of the Taylor Mountains, the Holitna is the largest river system in the lower Kuskokwim River basin and offers a great family and friends trip in a true wilderness setting.

Holitna River is one of the most remote Southwest Alaska float trip options. The river supports all five species of Pacific Salmon. Besides Salmon the Holitna also offers great Char fishing along with Grayling, Northern Pike and even Sheefish at times. For the fisherman looking for an easy scenic float, with few if any other people and endless gravel bars for virtually unlimited camping opportunities then the Holitna River is the one to float.

The fishing begins each year in early July with the King Salmon run and culminates each year in mid-September with the Silver Salmon run. The Holitna is a lesser known River and as such receives little fishing pressure.

Transportation Costs Include:

  • Bush flight to the headwaters of Holitna
  • Flight from river back to Bethel
  • All shuttles to and from Bethel Airport

PRICE: $2,550.00 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

Holitna River Salmon Timing

Salmon Species Lower River Mid-Upper River Comments
King (Chinook) Late June July  
Dog (Chum) Early 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