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Flowing 95 miles from Kagati and Pegati Lakes to the Village of Quinhagak on the Bering Sea coastline, the Kanektok River has a well-earned reputation as one of the best rivers in the state for the aggressive and hard fighting Alaskan Leopard Rainbow Trout. Many anglers on the Kanektok float will choose to take advantage of the Leopard Rainbows natural aggression and will fish a variety of topwater mouse patterns during the majority of their trip. With the Char/Dollys aggressively eating topwater patterns as well, on the Kanektok, the explosive surface eats will often continue all day long.

July offers the most variety of species being available, with King, Chum, Sockeye, and Pink Salmon in river with the latter available during even years. August and September are prime times for Silver or Coho salmon fishing, combine all the different Pacific salmon with the heavily spotted Leopard Rainbow trout, Arctic Grayling, Arctic Char, Lake Trout, and sea-run Dolly Varden, and you have nine fish species in one river. In the Fall, the Kanektok’s voracious rainbows have had a whole summer of feeding to fatten up and fill out, many of which have easily grown to double the size they were in spring

The Kanektok is one of Alaska’s most productive and diverse fisheries. It starts out quite intimate and small, where it fishes well for the species that frequent this section of the river. The middle section of the float then becomes braided, offering near perfect wading water for Rainbows. When you reach the lower thirty or so miles of the Kanektok River, anglers will find themselves in prime salmon water.

Similar to the Goodnews and Togiak Rivers, the Kanektok River possesses spectacular runs of sea run Dolly Varden/Arctic Char as well as numerous chunky Arctic Grayling in the 18″-22″ range.  Also renowned for incredible runs of Coho (Silver) Salmon, as well as good availability of Kings and non-stop Sockeye Salmon action, the Kanektok River allows anglers to target big Leopard Rainbows while also enjoying an excellent array of other species. In the Fall, the Kanektok’s voracious rainbows have had a whole summer of feeding to fatten up and fill out, many of which have easily grown to double the size they were in spring

Given the length of the float, the fantastic scenery and prolific wildlife, the multitude of channels and braids, as well as the abundance of excellent campsites, an angler could do the Kanektok float several times and no two trips down this river would be the same 

September is Prime Time for the big, heavily spotted Leopard Rainbows. 


The rafts used for the Kanektok River float, are sturdy 14- or 16-foot custom built rafts, each equipped with custom steel frames, and comfortable front and rear seating for anglers.

The Kanektok River falls under the US Fish and Wildlife Service regulations and restrictions. Permits to float the Kanektok are tightly regulated and no more than four rafts and guides are allowed to float at any one time. These regulations prohibit the use of an additional support raft and guide.


Guests fly into Anchorage International Airport, then onwards to the town of Bethel, via Alaska Airlines. This trip does require an overnight in Bethel the day before your float trip starts. Renfro’s Alaskan Adventures will pick you up at the Bethel Airport and take you to your hotel or B&B, as well as pick you up for your flight to the river to join the guides, who will have pre-ceded you to Pagati Lake by one or two days.

Slipstream is a full-service travel company that can handle a variety of services relating to your trip. For assistance, please contact us directly at 1 866 644-7703.


$6,990 USD

Transfer days in and out from Bethel vary throughout the season and will depend on which dates  you are booked for. 

  • ANC - Alaska
  • July 2 through to September 15
  • Rainbow trout, Arctic Char, Grayling, Lake Trout, Kings, Sockeye, Chum, Pink and Coho (Silver) Salmon.
  • 8 anglers per week guests
  • Wifi: No
  • Language: English
  • Physicality: Low
  • CC Payment at Facility : No
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Tour Location


The Kanektok River flows west from Kagati Lake in the Eek Mountains to the Kuskokwim Bay at the village of Quinhagak.  The river flows within the boundaries of the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge and the upper portion is within the Togiak Refuge Wilderness area.


Rainbow trout, Arctic Char, Grayling, Lake Trout, Kings, Sockeye, Chum, Pink and Coho (Silver) Salmon.


July 2 through to September 15


To get to the headwaters of the Kanektok River, anglers will need to make air reservations from Anchorage into Bethel Alaska, on Alaska Airlines. All anglers need to arrive in Bethel, the day before your float trip actually starts. The evening flight to Bethel allows most travels coming from the Lower 48, to get into Bethel on the same day guests are traveling to Alaska. After arriving in Bethel, guests will check in check in with the bush air charter service that will fly you to the starting location the following morning. Guests will then head to their hotel for the night before starting the float trip the following day. 
Getting to the Put-in: Travel is by float plane to the staging area at Pagati Lake, with a return flight via wheel plane from the village of Quinhagak. On the last day of the trip, anglers will fly out of Quinhagak, back to Bethel, at approximately 2 pm. The flight back to Bethel takes just over an hour. We go over all the key trip logistics details in our pre trip information package once the trip has been booked.


While this is a self-contained float trip through some of the most remote and pristine territory in Alaska, the accommodations throughout the trip are far more comfortable than most would expect. Paul Hansen, the owner of the Alaska Rainbow Adventures, has done a masterful job at creating a river accommodations program that far exceeds the traditional “camp out” experience that is normally required to reach the more isolated and harder to reach rivers within in the state. Called the "Alaska Lodge Style Float Trips", the accommodations are custom, purpose-built tents that are all made in Alaska, designed specifically for extreme weather conditions. The tents accommodate two anglers and are spacious enough (10 x 10) to provide ample space for gear, as well as being a comfortable retreat should the weather become inclement. Each tent is equipped with chairs and comfortable cots, a truly welcome luxury after a long day of fishing. With six-foot ceilings, the tents offer a roomy and sturdy refuge from the Alaskan elements. 
The centerpiece of these "Alaska Lodge Style Float Trips" is the custom-built dining tent and screened areas, both of which are capable of holding the entire group for dining and as an après fishing gathering area. The camp moves daily, with gravel bars and river bends offering up spectacular new camp scenery each day.


8 anglers per week
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Value for money
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  • Round trip air transportation from Bethel to the lake on Day 1 and from Goodnews Bay back to Bethel on the last day of the trip.
  • Six or Seven nights riverside tent accommodations, depending on trip length purchased
  • All meals
  • 5+ days of fishing or 6+ day of guided fishing, depending on trip length purchased
  • All camp gear included, except for sleeping bag.


  • Gratuities to staff and guides
  • Fishing gear
  • Fishing license
  • Alcohol
  • Round trip international airfare to Anchorage, Alaska
  • Round trip airfare from Anchorage to Bethel
  • Accommodations in Bethel the night before your float trip starts (Mandatory)


  • Canadian, British, EU and Australian citizens only need a valid passport for entry to the United States. No visa is required.
  • You will need to purchase an Alaskan Fishing License for the duration of your stay. This can be purchase it following the link below.
  • Purchase Alaskan Fishing Licence Here