Alagnak Wild River

Overview

With headwaters located within the rugged Aleutian Range of neighboring Katmai National Park & Preserve, the Alagnak Wild River is an exciting place to experience southwest Alaska. Meandering west towards Bristol Bay and the Bering Sea, the Alagnak meets the beautiful Alaska Peninsula, allowing visitors to experience unique wilderness, wildlife, and the rich cultural heritage of the area. The Alagnak Wild River has increased in notoriety among anglers around the world to become one of the most popular fishing destinations in all of southwest Alaska. For centuries, people have lived along the Alagnak and depended on its rich natural resources for survival. Given the lack of services along the corridor, visitors to the Alagnak today should also plan on being self-sufficient. For the prepared visitor, it is these very characteristics that can make for the adventure of a lifetime. Visitors are encouraged to (and should expect to) invest a significant amount of time and energy in planning their visit.

Map

Seasonality / Weather

The Alagnak Wild River is a truly primitive environment with no federally-maintained public facilities. The National Park Service imposes no operating hours or seasonal restrictions. Access to and movement within the Alagnak Wild River corridor, however, may be limited or restricted at any time depending upon prevailing weather conditions.

Generally water levels will be lowest in the spring and will increase as spring rains begin and snowmelt occurs in the high country. Water levels usually peak in July and will normally begin to recede in the fall. The surface of the Alagnak freezes in the winter, but water continues to flow. Frozen overflow creates thin layers of dangerous ice which pose a hazard for those who attempt winter river travel.

Directions

Driving: 

Located on the Alaska Peninsula, 290 miles southwest of Anchorage, the Alagnak Wild River cannot be reached by road.

Flying: 

The Alagnak may be directly accessed via air taxi flights chartered from Anchorage, King Salmon, Iliamna, Kodiak, Soldotna, Homer, or other nearby Alaska towns and villages. Regularly scheduled commercial flights to King Salmon (AKN), the location of National Park Service administrative headquarters and the starting point for most Alagnak adventures, are available from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) via PenAir and Alaska Airlines.