The Holitna River is one of the most remote Southwest Alaska float trip options. The river supports all five species of Pacific Salmon. Besides Salmon the Holitna also offers great Char fishing along with Grayling, Northern Pike and even Sheefish at times. For the fisherman looking for an easy scenic float, with few if any other people and endless gravel bars for virtually unlimited camping opportunities then the Holitna 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 Holitna offers great Char and Grayling fishing, Northern Pike and even the opportunity to catch a Sheefish. The Holitna is a lesser known River and as such receives little fishing pressure.
|Drop Off:||By Float Plane from Bethel to a location on the river near the headwaters|
|Length:||Approximately 85 river miles|
|Float Duration:||Minimum 7 days. Most float for 7-10 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 Holitna River Float:
Taylor Mts D-5, Sleetmute A-4, A-5, B-4, C-3
|Pickup:||Floaters are picked up along the river approximately 15 miles above the confluence of the Holitna and Hoholitna rivers by floatplane and flown back to Bethel.|
|Cost:||Round Trip Air Charter - $2500 per person + $71 fuel surcharge per flight
(Price includes drop-off flight from Bethel to Holitna headwaters and Pickup flight from the lower 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.
Holitna River Salmon Timing
|Salmon Species||Lower River||Mid-Upper River||Comments|
|King (Chinook)||Late June||July|
|Dog (Chum)||Early June||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|