Aniak River

Amazing Salmon and Great Fly Fishing!

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 it’s peak and the end of the Silver Salmon run. In addition to Rainbow and Salmon fishing, the Aniak Adventure also offers great Dolly Varden and Grayling fishing.


The Aniak River flows north from Aniak Lake through the foothills of the Kuskokwim Mountains 90 miles to the Kuskokwim River. The upper portion of the Aniak River provides spectacular scenery, clear cold water, and ample wildlife. The entire river is braided with gravel bar after gravel bar. Campsites are almost limitless along this river. The river provides the adventurer the opportunity to raft Alaska’s back country, while experiencing some of Alaska’s finest fishing. This river is not for the novice rafter. It contains many “sweepers” and logjams. Previous rafting experience is a must, however this is what makes the Aniak River a world-class adventure to float.


Drop Off:Float Plane from Bethel to Aniak Lake
Length:Approximately 140 Miles
Float Duration:Minimum 8 days. Most go for 10 to 14 days.
Topo Maps:We do not provide Maps. Maps may be purchased through the nearest U.S. Geological Survey office or by calling Toll Free (888)275-8747(From Alaska Only) or (907)786-7011.
The following Map sheets are required for the Aniak River Float:
Bethel B-1, C-1, D-1
Taylor Mountain C-8
Russian Mission A-1, B-1, C-2
Pickup:Pick-up by boat (approximately 25 miles above the village of Aniak). Boat transports floaters to Aniak, Alaska. Floaters are then picked up by wheeled plane and transported back to Bethel.
Cost:$1575 per person - Airfare + $75 fuel surcharge per flight
$275 per person - Boat Pickup
Cost Detail:Price includes drop-off flight from Bethel to Aniak Lake and Pickup flight from Village of Aniak to Bethel)
Boat Transportation from Aniak River to Aniak is $275/person (paid directly to the boat driver at pick up)
Notes:1. Rates are based on 2 Person Minimum.
2. Maximum allowable weight:

2-3 People = 1200lbs
4-6 People = 2400lbs
7-9 People = 3600lbs

(Group weight= Weight of all people, gear, supplies and food)

3. Special Rates Available for Children under 16 depending on Group Size
4. Lodging in Bethel Available.
**Please Note**Due to the commitment to the safety of our clients, starting in the 2019 season, each group will be required to carry some form of satellite communication device. (ie. Sat Phone, delorme, inReach, etc) If you are unable to bring your own, Papa Bear will provide you with one for a fee.

Aniak River Salmon Timing
Salmon SpeciesLower RiverMid-Upper RiverComments
King (Chinook)Late JuneJuly
Dog (Chum)Early JulyMid to Late July
Red (Sockeye)Early JulyMid to Late July
Pink (Humpy)Late JulyAugustEven Year Return
Coho (Silver)Early AugustMid August- September


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