"For true A-Fish-A-Nados

and Beginners alike!"




Klutina River Fishing Charters (White Water)



The word "Klutina" is the Athabascan word for "fast water". This river covers about 26 miles, dropping about 30 feet per mile and running from 5 to 14 miles per hour. This will from time to time, depending on weather conditions, create a few Class 1 and Class 2 rapids. Just sufficient to insure an exciting but very safe ride.

The Klutina season begins on July 1 and runs through August 10.

Our guides will continue to fish the Copper River Kings on the Gulkana River in June until the Klutina River King season opens on July 1.

When the Red Salmon (Sockeye) are in the Klutina, we will offer five-hour and ten-hour charters, too.

Size and Limits:

The Klutina River normally produces larger fish and because it is white water the challenge is superior. These fish average between 18 and 50 pounds, but in most years fish can easily top out above 60 pounds with occasional catches over 70 pounds.

Without question, fishing the Klutina is a world-class experience for both the most dedicated fishermen as well as the novice. The limit on Kings is one fish per day and four fish per season.

As in all our rivers in East Alaska, for Chinook (King) Salmon the rule is catch and release all day ~ keep one per day and four per season.

The Sockeye (Reds) range in size from 4 to 8 pounds. For the Sockeye Salmon, the rule is catch and release all day ~ keep three per day with no seasonal limit.

Of course, some days anglers will limit out and some days fishing can be challenging. I cannot guarantee your catch but I can guarantee that our guides will do all they can to provide an exciting and eventful day as they put our guests in the middle of them. The rest us up to you and providence.

Because of the distance on the Klutina of over 14 miles it is highly recommended that you book the full day charter. That will insure that you have the best opportunity to be successful in catching a really great Copper River King Salmon.

With up to three trips daily, Copper River Salmon Charters will outfit every client with all the essentials including your own fully insured and permitted professional guide and rafts, all tackle, boots and PFD's. For your nourishment, we carry snacks and beverages for the five-hour charters. We carry sack lunches, snacks and beverages for the ten-hour trips. (No alcoholic beverages, please!)

Your only requirement is to come with your current Alaska fishing license, King Stamp and dressed for the weather. You can purchase your license and King stamp locally when you arrive or on line at: http://www.admin.adfg.state.ak.us/admin/license/11-527.pdf

It is strongly recommended that all anglers bring good rain gear for the Klutina River as the water originates at the Klutina Glacier and is in the mid-30's. Odds are, everyone will get wet in the rapids (class 1 and 2). Rain gear will help to keep everyone dry and comfortable all day.


Charter Schedule & Rates

Daily Schedule

Half Day Charters

Morning      Leave: 7:00 AM ~ Return: 12:00 PM

Afternoon   Leave: 1:00 PM ~ Return: 6:00 PM

Full Day Charters

Morning      Leave: 7:00 AM ~ Return: 5:00 PM

Above times include transport from headquarters to the river and return to headquarters. Times are subject to change depending on water conditions, weather and the needs of the clients.

Rate Chart

Half Day Charters

Adults: $240.00

Children (8-12 years old): $175.00

Full Day Charters

Adults: $350.00

Children (8-12 years old): $275.00

  • These prices include transport from headquarters to the river and from the river back to headquarters.
  • Transportation to our property and your next destination is the sole responsibility of the guest.
  • Transportation from the Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge and back will be provided for a nominal charge and is included in the rate quoted by the Princess Tour Desk.
  • Special arrangements for pickup and delivery from other locations can be made on request.
  • You will find additional prices for rooms in our beautiful cabins.
  • We offer military discounts to all US active duty military personnel and Wounded Warrior recipients. Call for special rates.

Fishing Equipment

Angler Provides:

  • Current Alaska Fishing License can be purchased locally on arrival or online at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (license application)
  • King Salmon Stamp can be purchased locally on arrival or online at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (license application)
  • Clothes for the weather
  • Rain gear strongly recommended
  • A great "ketchum" attitude!

Outfitter Provides:

Transportation from our property to the river and return back from the river to our property

Professional fishing gear including:

  • Fully experienced, licensed, permitted and insured fishing guides
  • NRS Poly-Hypolon rafts with rowing frames and Cartright oars
  • Shakespeare 9' King salmon spinning rods with Quantum BOCA-PT's reels
  • Shakespeare fly rods and spinning rods for the Sockeye (Reds)
  • Personal Flotation Devices (PFD's)
  • Bait and lures
  • Snacks on half day trips and hearty sack lunches on full day trips
  • Bottled water
  • Cleaning, preparation and freezing of catch for shipping

Gakona Cabins are available on the property.

Gakona Stop 'n Shop offers groceries, tobacco and gifts.

Gakona ECO Gas offers unleaded and diesel fuel at competitive prices.

One day overnight shipping of your catch with FedEx is available on request.






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