Kanektok River

The Fishing Trip of a Lifetime!!

The Kanektok River flows west from Pegati Lake through the foothills of the Akhlun Mountains. The upper portion of the river provides spectacular scenery and is the habitat for Dolly Varden and Grayling. The middle portion of the river becomes more braided and the Rainbow fishing really picks up. In the lower portion, the river flows out of the hills into the tundra filled lowlands. The Kanektok is a very popular float offering good camping, great scenery and most of all awesome fishing opportunities.

The fishing begins each year in late 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 the Rainbow Trout and Salmon fishing, the Kanektok also offers great Dolly Varden and Grayling fishing.

Drop Off:By Float Plane from Bethel to Pegati Lake.
Length:Approximately 100 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 Kanektok River Float:
Goodnews Bay C-5, C-6, D-3, D-4, D-5, D-6, D-7, D-8
Pickup:Floaters are picked up at the airstrip in the village of Quinhagak by wheeled aircraft and flown back to Bethel
Cost:Round Trip Air Charter - $1350 per person + $75 fuel surcharge per flight
This includes drop-off flight from Bethel to Pegati Lake and Pickup flight from the village of Quinhagak back to Bethel.
Ground Transportation from the Kanektok River to the Airstrip in Quinhagak - $40.00 per person (paid directly to pick up personnel in the village)
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.

Kanektok River Salmon Timing
Salmon SpeciesLower RiverMid-Upper RiverComments
King (Chinook)Late JuneJuly
Dog (Chum)Late JuneMid to Late July
Red (Sockeye)Early JulyMid to Late JulyLimited Opportunity
Pink (Humpy)Late JulyLate July - AugustEven Year Return
Coho (Silver)Early AugustMid August- Early September


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