Kanektok River

Kanetok River

Kanektok River-A floaters dream -A little rowing experience goes a long way. Great float with incredible numbers of all 5 species of Salmon, Leopard Rainbows, Dolly Varden, Arctic Char, & Grayling

Your 2017 or 2018 Kanektok River adventure starts with a float plane flight to Pegati Lake.  From there you float approximately 100 miles to the take-out in Quinhagak where you will be taken back to Bethel in a wheeled plane.  This float takes a minimum of 7 days, but most floaters recommend 7-10 days.

The Kanektok River flows west from Pegati Lake through the foothills of the Akhlun Mountains. The upper portion of the river provides spectacular scenery and is the habitat for Dolly Varden and Grayling. The middle portion of the river becomes more braided and the Rainbow fishing really picks up. In the lower portion, the river flows out of the hills into the tundra filled lowlands. The Kanektok is a very popular float offering good camping, great scenery and most of all awesome fishing opportunities.

The fishing begins each year in late 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. In addition to the Rainbow Trout and Salmon fishing, the Kanektok also offers great Dolly Varden and Grayling fishing.

As one of our larger and longer rivers, the Kanektok is the floaters dream.  A floater may catch fish all day without leaving the raft.  A fishermen can still explore structure on and off the main channel in search of that trophy fish. The biomass in this river is amazing.  The top half flows through Togiak National Wildlife refuge and provides a remote “feeling” at many times of the year. Being a “popular” river it is not uncommon to run into a couple groups on the upper half of the river. (It is also possible at certain times to float it on your own). Rafters will spend time sharing the lower water with lodges and motor boat traffic.  You will not be competing for campsites top or bottom and you may find it humorous we call the Kanektok “busy” compared to our other rivers.  Remote floating by lower 48 or anchorage standards and amazing scenery wildlife and fishing by any standard.  Although the Kanektok a great 1st time river we have many clients that pilgrimage to “the chosen river” year after year.

Transportation Costs Include:

  • Bush flight to Pegati Lake
  • Transfer from river to Quinhagak Airport
  • Wheeled flight to Bethel
  • All shuttles to and from Bethel airport

PRICE: $1,1390.00 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

Kanektok River Salmon Timing

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