The Gulkana River is a hidden gem nestled in the wilderness of Alaska. On the road system, but far from the crowds! The Gulkana River is a 60-mile tributary of the Copper River in Alaska that is home to king salmon, sockeye salmon, rainbow trout, grayling, and white fish. It has been federally designated as a wild and scenic river and boasts incredible beauty surrounded by AHTNA Native Corporation land. With AK Fish Charters offering 8-hour float trips for salmon fishing, 3-hour scenic rafting trips, and multi-day excursions ranging from 3-5 days, there’s something for everyone! If you’re looking for an Alaska fishing adventure, look no further than the Gulkana River! There are plenty of ways to explore this area—from rafting and fishing to sight seeing and camping. As long as you come prepared with the right gear and safety measures, there’s no limit to what kind of fun can be had here! We provide all of those measures and more! It’s sure to provide an adrenaline rush like no other!

Gulkana river wildlife



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A young bull moose drinking in the cool river

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The wildlife in this area is also remarkable.

  • Moose
  • bears
  • beavers
  • eagles
  • caribou

are among the creatures that can be seen along the river banks. As you explore this area rich with Athabaskan history, you will be awed by its natural beauty.

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Day Trips

Do you want to experience the Gulkana River, Alaska’s legendary king and sockeye salmon up close? Then AK Fish Charters is the perfect option for you! Their 8 hour float trips are designed to give you an unforgettable experience, complete with professional guides providing all necessary equipment, including rods and reels, hip boots, life vests, snacks and water. Moreover, the Gulkana River is mostly class I or II rapids with some stretches of class III rapids thrown in to make it more interesting. Let’s learn more about what makes AK Fish Charters special.

  • Guides With Years of Experience- All of the guides at AK Fish Charters have years of experience leading fishing trips in Alaska. They know all the best places to catch salmon and will use their knowledge to maximize your chances of success. Not only are they knowledgeable about fishing, but they also know all about the local flora and fauna so they can help point out interesting things throughout your journey.
  • State-of-the-Art Equipment- AK Fish Charters equips their guests with top-of-the-line rods and reels as well as hip boots, life vests, snacks and water. This allows you to focus on enjoying your time on the river without worrying about having the right gear for a successful trip. The boats are comfortable yet lightweight allowing for easy maneuvering through any type of rapid current or shallow water areas that may be encountered during your journey.
  • Safety First – safety is always paramount at AK Fish Charters! The guides will brief you thoroughly before every trip regarding what to expect on the river so that everyone knows how to handle any situation that may arise while on board. Everyone is required to wear life jackets while in transit between destinations as well as while fishing from shorelines.

Multi-Day River Adventure

multi day trip on the Gulkana river

August camp on the Gulkana River

Are you looking for a longer adventure while in Alaska? Then your search is over! The Gulkana River, AK Fish Charters offer a 47-mile multi-day fishing and scenic float that will take you from Paxon Lake to Sourdough Campground. This amazing Alaska fishing adventure takes three to five days and gives you the opportunity to explore the beauty of nature and experience the midnight sun in Alaska!

  • The Journey -Our unique Alaska fishing trips trip take you through some of the most breathtakingly beautiful areas of Alaska. Along the way, you’ll have opportunities to fish for salmon, trout, and grayling. take pictures of majestic mountains, watch wildlife in its natural habitat, and much more. In addition, you can look forward to spending time relaxing at campsites or enjoying a meal cooked by your guides along the way.
  • Unique Experiences -The Gulkana River offers some truly unique experiences that are not available anywhere else. During your trip, you’ll have a chance to view rare birds such as bald eagles, swans and ospreys. You may also be able to spot moose or bears wandering along the banks. The midnight sun is another incredible sight that can’t be missed – there’s nothing quite like experiencing 24 hours of uninterrupted daylight! Finally, this journey also allows visitors to explore historic sites such as abandoned gold mines and Native American artifacts.

For those wishing for an unforgettable adventure in Alaska, look no further than AK Fish Charters’ multi-day fishing trip down the Gulkana River! From catching trophy wild rainbow trout, salmon, and grayling to stunning views of mountain ranges and spotting rare wildlife in their natural habitat under the midnight sun—this journey offers something special at every turn! So make sure your bags are packed with plenty of supplies before embarking on what promises to be an unforgettable adventure!

rainbow trout

Rainbow trout

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Conclusion: For anyone looking for an amazing outdoor adventure filled with natural beauty and thrilling experiences like fishing or rafting on class II or III rapids under the midnight sun—the Gulkana River has something special waiting just for you! Whether it’s an 8 hour float trip or a 5 day camping excursion on 47 miles of breathtaking scenery—AK Fish Charters has got you covered! So come explore Alaska’s wild side—you won’t regret it!  Experience first hand why this beautiful part of Alaska has been designated as a wild and scenic river! You won’t forget your trip down the Gulkana River! Local lodgings in the area are the Gakona Lodge and the Caribou Hotel.

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Early morning mist


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