Arolik River

Cold Clear Water and Pristine Wilderness!

The Arolik River flows northwest from Arolik Lake through the Eek Mountains. The upper portion of the river is small and depending on the time of the year and current rainfall, can be fairly shallow. Rafters often find themselves having to get in and out of their rafts to walk them through the shallowest parts. After the first 10 miles, the river almost doubles in size and flow and this is where the fishing really turns on!!


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 it’s peak and the end of the Silver Salmon run. In addition to Rainbow and Salmon fishing, the Arolik Adventure also offers great Dolly Varden and Grayling fishing. The Arolik River isWorld Renowned for its World Class Rainbow Trout that lurk in the river.

Drop Off:By Float Plane from Bethel to Arolik Lake.
Length:Approximately 45 river miles.
Float Duration:Minimum 5 days. Most go for 7 to 10 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 Arolik River Float:
Goodnews Bay B-6, C-7, C-8
Pickup:Floaters are picked up near the mouth of the river by ground transportation and taken to the airstrip in the village of Quinhagak, Alaska. The floaters are then picked up by wheeled aircraft and flown back to Bethel.
Cost:$1375.00 per person - Round Trip Airfare + $75 fuel surcharge per flight

(This includes drop-off flight from Bethel to Arolik Lake and pickup flight from village of Quinhagak to Bethel)
Ground Transportation from the Arolik River to the Airstrip in Quinhagak - $75.00 per person (paid directly to pick up representative at the time of pick up)
Permit Fee:Usage Fee- $100 person/ per day below Snow Gulch.
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.

Arolik River Salmon Timing
Salmon SpeciesLower RiverMid-Upper RiverComments
King (Chinook)3rd week of JuneEarly to Mid July
Dog (Chum)Late JuneMid to Late July
Red (Sockeye)Early JulyMid to Late July
Pink (Humpy)Late JulyAugustEven Year Return
Coho (Silver)Early AugustMid August- September


Comments are closed.