Gulkana River Fishing Charters (Blue Water)
"Gulkana" is the Athabaskan word for meandering or winding river. True to its form the river winds about
three miles on average for every mile on the highway. So a 2 mile stretch of highway will be about 3 to 4
miles of river travel.
The head waters of the Gulkana river emanates from Copper Lake deep in the Wrangell Mountain range.
The Gulkana travels over 200 miles to where it meets with the Copper River near the juncture of the
Richardson Highway and Tok Cut-Off. There it continues its travel to the Gulf of Alaska at Cordova.
The famous Copper River Chinook (Kings) and Sockeye (Red) salmon enter the system from the Gulf of
Alaska at Cordova and begin their long journey to their spawning grounds all along the many tributaries.
Two of the most prolific rivers where they travel are the Gulkana and Klutina Rivers in the Copper Valley.
Therefore, during much of the summer these rivers are teaming with literally thousands of salmon
awaiting your arrival.
Many aficionados consider the Copper River Salmon to be among the most sought after species in the
world for their bright taste, strong fighting instinct and pure joy of catching these fighting wonders.
Along the way, we sometimes see wildlife that includes a myriad of waterfowl raiding their hatchlings,
American Bald Eagles raising their young, resident Ravens playing in the trees, Otter, Beaver, Red Fox
and, on occasion, a Moose, Brown and Black Bear may show up. These sightings are just an added
addendum to your daily Alaska experience.
We begin fishing for the Kings in early June and continue on this river to the end of the season on July
19. Additionally, if the Reds are present in adequate numbers we are prepared to find a few of them
along the way.