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Goodnews River Multi-Day Float

Bristol Bay Borough, AK, USA

Meeting Location

Bristol Bay Borough, AK, USA

Destination Location

Bristol Bay Borough, AK, USA

Target Species

Rainbow Trout

Sockeye Salmon

Pink Salmon

Chum Salmon


Dolly Varden

Chinook Salmon

Coho Salmon

July 22 to July 29~ Eight Days / Seven Nights
July 31 to August 6~ Seven Days / Six Nights
August 8 to 14~ Seven Days / Six Nights
August 16 to 23~ Eight Days / Seven Nights

August 25 to September 1~ Eight Days / Seven Nights
The Goodnews River flows a relatively short sixty miles to the Bering Sea. from the Ahklun Mountains, some 395 miles from Anchorage. It is small enough to wade effectively and sight fish but large enough to float comfortably; having to float fewer miles also lends to a slower pace allowing for more wading opportunities than longer rivers. You will find some of Alaska's best fishing on the Goodnews, and our special use permit enables us to offer the best start dates.

The Goodnews boasts impressive runs of all five species of Pacific Salmon, sea-run Dolly Varden, and resident Leopard Rainbows and Grayling. July offers the most variety of fishing, with King, Chum, Sockeye, and Pink Salmon, the latter returning in even-numbered years. As July fades and August arrives, the Coho or Silver Salmon show up; it is a time when bringing all five species of Pacific salmon to hand is not an improbable task. Resident species live throughout the river and follow the Salmon upriver as they prepare for their spawning rituals. Chrome bright Salmon, most still with sea lice, are the norm. These fish are fresh and feisty and will challenge your angling skills.

As part of our Goodnews River program, we use tents made here in Alaska and designed for Alaska's extremes. These tents hold two anglers, have 6-foot ceilings, and come equipped with cots, chairs, and sleeping pads making for a relaxing place to retreat after a long day of fishing. Additionally, we have a custom-built communal gathering tent where meals are prepared and taken and a cozy place to hang out in bad weather. Experience safari-style camping and a menu that's a wilderness favorite, wake to a hearty breakfast and more great fishing with our experienced guides. Help to make, and break camp is appreciated.

We utilize one guide for every two anglers while floating the river in custom-built rafts, each equipped with custom frames with front and rear seating. The group will settle into different campsites each night, and each stop will provide quality fishing opportunities.

The Goodnews River traverses just a portion of the 4.7 million-acre Togiak National Wildlife Refuge. We encourage our guests to respect the refuge's natural heritage, resources, and the people who reside there. We designed our trips to do just that and strive to provide our guests with minimal-impact back-country adventures that are educational and enjoyable.

What is included

  • Food: All Meals
  • Gear: Flies
  • Lodging: Lodging

What to bring

Customer Cancellation

A deposit is due upon approval of your booking request. We will happily refund your deposit at least 7 full days prior to your scheduled trip. Deposits will not be refunded for cancellations less than 7 days before the trip. Trips will be charged in full for day of trip cancellations or no shows.

Guide Cancellation

If your guide cancels your trip at any time before the commencement of your trip, you will be refunded in full. Optionally, Guide Book will do everything we can to get you out on the water with another awesome guide.

Bad Weather Cancellation

Unfortunately, we don't control the weather. If a guide feels that they cannot safely perform a trip, they may cancel. Weather cancellation is at the guides discretion alone. If a trip is canceled for bad weather, you will be refunded in full.

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