Aniak River

The Aniak is a great wilderness float. The many obstacles found in the upper and middle stretches of the river keep all but the most adventurous boaters off the river, and this ensures unspoiled fishing and solitude. Moose and bears, both black and brown, are not uncommon sights along the river, along with beaver, river otter and a wide variety of birds.

The Aniak is one of the most productive tributaries of the Kuskokwim River, and boasts outstanding runs of chinook, chum, sockeye and coho salmon. Flowing for approximately 120 miles from Aniak Lake to its confluence with the Kuskokwim River, the Aniak River holds some of the best salmon spawning habitat in the entire Kuskokwim River drainage. After being dropped off by floatplane on Aniak Lake, we’ll float approximately 100 miles of the river, and then rendezvous with a water taxi for a ride into the village of Aniak and a return flight.

For the fly rod angler, the Aniak is a near perfect river. In the upper river, the water is crystal clear, and the character of the river alternates between slow, deep pools and classic riffles and runs. Opportunities abound to sight-fish for large grayling, salmon, and char. 

The middle section of the river is the Aniak at its finest. While navigating the many sweepers and logjams that characterize this portion of the Aniak, the river’s resident rainbow trout will make their appearance. These rainbows average 18”-22” and fight with reckless, acrobatic abandon when hooked. The increasing numbers of spawning salmon in the middle section of the river attract not only the Aniak’s rainbows, but also char and grayling.

25-Inch Aniak Char

Below the confluence with the Kipchuk and Salmon Rivers, the Aniak increases in size, but the fishing remains excellent. Broad flats attract spawning salmon, and the rainbows and char line up behind them to feast on washed out eggs. Depending on the timing of your float, its possible to catch six or seven species of fish in the same day.

There are no Aniak trips planned at this time for the 2022 season. However, if you are interested in a trip, please contact us to find out more about potential trip dates and pricing. Remote Waters is a small operation, and that provides us with the opportunity to tailor our trips to suit your group. Please reach out as early as possible, air taxi’s book out well in advance.

Aniak Wilderness Float – 10 Days (Rates are per person, based on double occupancy. Please inquire about single bookings.)