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The Kanektok River

Southwest Alaska
Intimate Rivers or Kanektok River Deluxe Programs Available

2022 Rates:
Intimate Rivers $5495.00 Seven or Eight Days
Kanektok River Deluxe $6295.00 Eight Days

Your Kanektok River float starts some 360 miles Southwest of Anchorage, AK at the outlet from Kagati and Pegati Lake's, and is accessed from hub city of Bethel, Alaska.

The Kanektok or "Chosen River" is one of Alaska's great fishing destinations and as such many an angler has found themselves spending hours pouring over all the available literature about these fabled waters.

Alaska Rainbow Adventures can help facilitate this dream with one of our comfortable deluxe Alaska float trips on this truly wilderness waterway This float trip is an great way to experience the phenomenal variety of fishing the Kanektok River offers as you float and fish just under a hundred miles of river and take in first hand how the personality of the Kanektok river changes as you travel from the headwaters to the Bering Sea with some of the best sport fishing in the world!

Alaska Rainbow Adventures bookends our Goodnews river float trip program each year with a pair of Kanektok river floats, the first begins on Independence day, July 4th and is eight days in length the other start date is September 10th and can be eight or ten days in length.

* New for 2022 are larger rafts allowing us to offer our new "Kanektok River Deluxe" Style Trips

  • Kanektok River Trip Schedule
  • July 4 to 11
  • September 10 to 17 or 19
  • 8 Guests / 4 Guides / 4 Boats Max
  • Intimate Rivers Or Our New Kanektok River Deluxe Style Trips Available
  • * See our program information pages for additional details

This is where mouse patterns go to "prove they are worthy" of being fished in the rest of the world or to die! Our Indepenence Day start on the Kanektok river brings with it an explosion of rainbow trout action!

Yes, let the fireworks begin because this trip on the Kanektok is before any of the five species of Pacific Salmon populate the entirety of the river, and it is when the Kanektok's spectacularly spotted Leopard rainbows are most available and are looking up!

You will fly to the headwaters of the Kanektok via a chartered floatplane from the village of Bethel, Alaska. Then for the next eight days and seven nights you will float, camp, and fish the river, taking in scenic vistas, netting rainbows, and as we slide into the lower reaches of this Sout West Alaska gem, take on the mighty Chinook, Chum, and Sockeye salmon as they arrive in the river bright and full of fight!

In the Fall the Kanektok's voracious rainbows have had a whole summer of feeding to fatten up and fill out, many easily growing to double the size they were in spring, and it is at this time they are truly at their prime.

It is our September 10th start date that brings the seriously addicted rainbow anglers to Alaska and in particular to the Kanektok in search of these trophies. Be it drifting flesh or egg patterns, on top with mouse patterns such as Morrish's Mouse, the Blair Mouse project, or other rodent patterns. Toss in unusually large numbers of voracious "WOG" crushing Coho's, uncountable numbers of Dollies and other available species, yes the fishing is pretty much off the charts on this near hundred-mile float through Fly Fishing heaven!

Flowing some ninety miles from Kagati and Pegati Lakes to the Village of Quinhagak on the Bering Sea Coastline, the Kanektok River has long been known among Trout Aficionados as an amazing fishery for the much-acclaimed Alaskan Leopard Rainbow Trout, the Kanektok has the distinction of being on the bucket list of many Anglers, which speaks volumes as to its reputation.

Given the length of the float, the vistas and sights, numerous channels and braids, as well as the availability of sterling campsites, no two trips down this river are the same.

Like its sister rivers the Goodnews and Togiak, the Kanektok possesses monster runs of sea-run Dolly Varden/Arctic Char as well as superfluous Arctic Grayling in the 18"-22" range.

Also renowned for amazing runs of Coho (Silver) Salmon, as well as jaw-dropping availability of Chinook (King) Salmon and non-stop Sockeye Salmon action, all depending on the time of year one chooses to float the river.

The Kanektok is one of Alaska's most productive and diverse fisheries, intimate and small for the first few days, fishing well for the species that frequent this section of the river then becoming braided offering idyllic and wadeable rainbow water after which you reach the lower thirty or so miles of perfect salmon water, truly an Epic Alaskan wilderness fishing experience.

The multitude of campsite options predicates that the fishing from each evening's camp will be more than memorable, and quite likely will result in much rollicking around the fire that night, rehashing the Fish Tales with the opportunity to create more, within a few steps of the campfire.

Getting There ... Your Kanektok river float trip starts and ends in the Kuskokwim river village of Bethel, Alaska.

We will provide you and members of your group with detailed information on how to get there, when, where to stay and how you and your group will be transported to Pegati lake for the start of your trip with us on the Kanektok river.

Upon booking, we will provide additional trip information that covers places to stay, flight information, and any new information that might not have been available when this was written.