A tributary of the Kuskokwim River, the Kisaralik River offers the opportunity for an extended, 100-mile float through the beautiful scenery of western Alaska. The river headwaters at Kisaralik Lake, nestled among the peaks of the Wood River Mountains. It then winds its way through picturesque valleys surrounded by the upland foothills of the Kilbuck and Sawtooth Mountains, into fish-filled braided channels with islands covered in alder and cottonwood, through the broad alluvial plain of the Kuskokwim River.
Spectacular scenery is just the beginning of what the Kisaralik has to offer. Below Kisaralik Lake in the upper river, the fishing for char and grayling is excellent. Chinook, chum, and coho salmon all spawn in the Kisaralik and its tributaries, and healthy populations of fat rainbows occupy the middle and lower sections of the river, ready to gorge on salmon eggs and flesh.
Chinook are the first salmon to arrive, spreading into the middle sections of the river in late June and early July. Chum salmon—vastly underrated as a sport fish, they are great fun on a fly rod!—follow closely behind the chinook, offering excellent opportunities for salmon, char, and rainbows throughout July.
August can bring cooler temperatures, shorter days, and coho salmon. The coho begin entering the lower river in early August, migrating up into the middle and lower river seeking out their spawning grounds. Aggressive strikers and hard fighters, coho are arguably the best fly rod fish in Alaska, and the Kisaralik offers lots of great water to fish for them. Rainbows and char also go into overdrive, trying to stock up on food before winter descends.
Beauty, solitude, and great fishing combine to make a trip down the Kisaralik unforgettable.
There are no Kisaralik 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
Kisaralik Wilderness Float – 10 Days (Rates are per person, based on double occupancy. Please inquire about single bookings.)