Float & Fish Alaska's Refuges

Find Your Way to an Amazing Experience!

In Alaska, rivers offer a great way to access the crown jewels of America’s National Wildlife Refuge System — 16 Refuges totaling nearly 77 million acres. It’s time to start thinking about getting your feet wet and your fishing rods ready…here are a few ideas!

Kenai River

KENAI National Wildlife Refuge

The turquoise waters of the Kenai River — Alaska’s premier fishing destination — originate from multiple glaciers and flow over 80 miles westward from Kenai Lake across the Kenai Peninsula to Cook Inlet. Whether fishing from a drift or power boat or walking the banks fly fishing, there are a variety of guided and self-guided ways to experience the Kenai River.

And it is where Rainbow Trout provide excellent year-round opportunities.

Uganik River

KODIAK National Wildlife Refuge

Located at the northwest corner of Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Uganik River draws from the glaciers and high country snow of Kodiak Island’s major mountain range. Fish and float the 6-mile section of the River that meanders through a cottonwood valley from the striking blue of Uganik Lake to the saltwater of Uganik Bay.

But be bear aware! Encountering bears is part of the floating experience! Stay calm, share the river, and enjoy the experience!

Ongivinuk River

TOGIAK National Wildlife Refuge

Located on the eastern side of Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, and nearly 50 miles northwest of Dillingham, the Ongivinuk River begins its journey at Ongivinuk Lake and winds its way through a mountain valley before joining with the much larger Togiak River over 30 river miles later. The Ongivinuk is also located within Togiak’s 2.3 million acre designated wilderness area.

Togiak Refuge offers the dramatic combination of terrific camping locations and tremendous fishing, on a river that can accommodate both short and long rafting trips.

Selawik River

SELAWIK National Wildlife Refuge

In the Inupiaq language of Northwest Alaska, “Selawik” means “place of sheefish.” That’s just one species of fish you’ll find in this slow, sinuous river and its swifter, gravelly tributaries. Originating in the Purcell Mountains, the Selawik flows west through the Refuge before eventually emptying into Kotzebue Sound.

While you'll have plenty of wide-open spaces, enjoy a wild, back-country fishing opportunity.

Sheefish are an important local food source, especially for residents living in the community of Selawik

Canning River

ARCTIC National Wildlife Refuge

This wild, remote river demarks the western boundary of America’s iconic northernmost Refuge. After leaving its birthplace in the craggy, slate-colored peaks of Alaska’s Brooks Range, the Canning flows north across the Arctic Coastal Plain past tiny wind-swept trees and ample wildlife.

While you won’t find salmon this far north (except for the occasional stray) you won’t be disappointed — salmon-sized Dolly Varden char

and exquisitely-colored Arctic Grayling call the Canning and other Arctic Refuge rivers home.

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In Alaska we are shared stewards of world renowned natural resources and our nation’s last true wild places. Our hope is that each generation has the opportunity to live with, live from, discover and enjoy the wildness of this awe-inspiring land and the people who love and depend on it.

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