Eek River

Raw Alaskan Wilderness!

The Eek River lies between the Kwethluk and Kanektok Rivers. The Eek River is without a doubt the least known river in Western Alaska. This float flows through approximately 75 miles of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Wildlife Refuge. The river is clear with and abundance of Salmon, Grayling, some Dolly Varden, and Sheefish, however there are no Rainbow Trout found in the Eek River. For the fisherman looking for an easy scenic float, clear water and few if any other people, the Eek 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. In addition to Salmon fishing, the Eek offers great Grayling fishing, fair Dolly Varden and even the opportunity to catch a Sheefish. The Eek is a lesser known River and as such receives little fishing pressure.

Drop Off:Float Plane from Bethel to Little Eek Lake
Length:Approximately 75 river miles
Float Duration:Minimum 6 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 Eek River Float: Bethel A-4, A-5, A-6, A-7, A-8
Pickup:Floaters are picked up along a straight stretch in the lower portion of the river by floatplane and flown back to Bethel.
Cost:$1200.00 per person - Round Trip Airfare + $75 fuel surcharge per flight

(Price includes drop-off flight from Bethel to Little Eek Lake and Pickup flight from lower section of the Eek River back to Bethel)
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.

Eek 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 JulyLimited Opportunity
Pink (Humpy)Late JulyAugustEven Year Return
Coho (Silver)Early AugustMid August- September


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