Nuyakuk River

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The Tikchik Lake system consists of five major lakes. The first lake is Nuyakuk, separated from Tikchik Lake by the Tikchik Narrows. Nuyakuk Lake is the largest of all five lakes. The Nuyakuk River is the drainage of the Tikchik system. Approximately one mile before the outlet of Tikchik Lake, the lake becomes very shallow with large boulders scattered about. The lake itself is still very wide and there is very little shoreline with good beaches.

As the water narrows and begins to form the river, the current runs very rapidly. The base of the river is riddled with rocks and consequently becomes rough. The waves average one and a half feet, and look quite choppy. However, collapsible kayaks and canoes seem to handle the ride just fine. For rafts, it’s just a little stretch of white water. This stretch of the river is approx. one quarter mile long before it makes a ninety-degree turn and smoothes out. From this point on the rainbow trout are trophy size. They are protected by law and various restrictions apply to anglers targeting the rainbow. This area is heavily wooded with a few high banks. There are some old established campsites, as well as islands and other great places to camp.

Down the river about five miles you should begin to hear the Nuyakuk Falls. They are well marked and have a well-established quarter mile portage trail cut through the trees. The portage takes about one hour and is a great place to have lunch. The fishing is great all along this river. After the falls, you begin to see more and more salmon as you continue down the river. Also, by this time, the river has completely moved out of the mountains and heads into heavily wooded, rolling hills. This river is approximately one hundred feet across and has a pretty fast current. About 35 miles down the Nuyakuk River the drainage of the Upper Nushagak runs down from the North. This confluence is a great place for salmon to school up as most of them prepare to run up the River to spawn. From the confluence on down, you will be on the Nushagak River.

About sixty miles down the river you will come across the Eskimo village of Koliganek, an original village that has telephones and one or two small stores. For many floaters in the past this has been the end of their adventure. All our river landings are at designated spots only, and whenever you begin a flight always make absolutely certain you understand your pick-up location to avoid any costly delays in your schedule.

If you plan to continue on down the river to one of our other designated pick-up points along the mighty Nushagak please be specific while discussing your plans with our friendly and courteous pilots and staff.

About 30 miles on down the Nushagak River there is another small village named New Stuyahok, which also has phones and stores. Down the river about ten more miles lies the village of Ekwok.

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