Kisaralik River

Kisaralik River

Kisaralik River Classic Remote Wilderness DIY Adventure.

Your Kisaralik River float starts with a bush pilot flight to Kisaralik Lake.  From there you float approximately 100 miles to the take out where you will be picked up by boat. Boat transports floaters back to Bethel.  This river needs a minimum of 7 days, but most floaters prefer 7-10.

The Kisaralik River is truly an adventure that any outdoorsman will have fond memories of. This very scenic float begins from Kisaralik Lake, which sits in the picturesque landscape of the Kilbuck Mountains. It takes a day of floating through spectacular scenery to reach the upper falls. The upper falls drop about 20 feet in two steps. The entire falls can be portaged around but some floaters elect to run the first drop then line or portage the second drop. Shortly below the falls, the fishing starts to pick up as the river becomes more and more braided. The braided portion of the river offers unlimited fish habitat. This river is not for the novice rafter, however this is what truly makes the Kisaralik such a great float and awesome adventure.

The fishing begins each year in early July 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 Rainbow and Salmon fishing, the Kisaralik Adventure also offers great Dolly Varden and Grayling fishing.

The Kisaralik exits the lake with more volume than some of our other rivers. Although this river feels big, wade fishing, structure, braids and side channels can be found from top to bottom.  There is an excellent chance you will float this river without seeing another raft or boat or lodge.  The beginner rower may find this river requires too much attention while the experienced rafters will appreciate the technical challenge and amazing wilderness experience.  The Kisaralik river sets up nicely for extended trips all summer long.

Transportation Costs Include:

  • Bush flight and boat pick-up to Bethel
  • All airport shuttles to and from Bethel Airport

PRICE: $1,350.00 per person (excludes equipment)

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

Kisaralik River Salmon Timing

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