Kisaralik River

Rainbow Trout that take your breath away!

The Kisaralik River is truly an adventure that any outdoorsman will have fond memories of. The very scenic float begins from Kisaralik Lake, which sits in the picturesque landscape of the Kilbuck Mountains. It takes a day of floating through spectacular scenery to reach the upper falls. The upper falls drop about 20 feet in two steps. The entire falls can be portaged around but some floaters elect to run the first drop then line or portage the second drop. Shortly below the falls, the fishing starts to pick up as the river becomes more and more braided. The braided portion of the river offers unlimited fish habitat. This river is not for the novice rafter, however this is what truly makes the Kisaralik such a great float and awesome adventure.


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 Kisaralik Adventure also offers great Dolly Varden and Grayling fishing.

Drop Off:By Float Plane from Bethel to Kisaralik 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 Kisaralik River Float:
Bethel B-2, B-3, B-4, C-4, D-4, D-5, D-6, D-7
Pickup:Pickup by boat. Boat transports floaters back to Bethel.
Cost:Air Charter - $1075 per person, plus $75 fuel surcharge per flight
Boat Pickup - $325 per person
Full Trip includes drop-off flight from Bethel to Kisaralik Lake, and Boat Pickup 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.

Kisaralik 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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