Float Trips

Float

Miles

Difficulty

Days

Comments

Wood River Lakes Water Trail

85+

Class I-III
(weather dependent)

5+

The most popular and accessible float trip within the park. This float passes through five lakes and four shallow clear water rivers. Rangers recommend at least 7-10 days for this journey, or even longer adding time to explore the western reaches of the lakes. The lakes can be very rough with 2-4 foot breaking waves if strong wind is present. Excellent fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Tikchik River from Nishlik Lake

60

Class I-II
(easy-difficult)

4+

Permit required. The river is used for floating, fishing, hunting, and wildlife viewing. When water levels are low, exposed gravel bars are suitable for camping. Excellent hiking, fishing, and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Tikchik River from Upnuk Lake

42

Class I-II
(easy-difficult)

4+

Permit required. Open hills and caribou trails on the upper river provide ample opportunities for day hikes, exploring, and hunting. During low water the river from Upnuk to the confluence flowing from Nishlik Lake can be shallow.

Nuyakuk River

54+

Class II-IV

4+

Just below the outlet of Tikchik Lake is a class II rapid. Caution is advised. Five miles down stream of the outlet is NuyakukRiver Falls. Portage is highly recommended. Use the Portage Trail located on river right to hike downstream around the rapids to the beach. Float from Tikchik Lake to one of the villages on the Nushagak River or on to Dillingham. The first 12 miles of Nuyakuk River are in the park.

Allen River

10

Class III-V+
(difficult-hazardous)

1

Permit required to camp on or around Chikuminuk Lake. The Allen River has severe rapids and is rarely run by boaters. The upper rapids are difficult; the lower rapids may be impassable. It is highly recommended to portage several class V+ rapids.

Important Safety Reminders

Always wear a life jacket

Always file a float plan

Dress in layers and pack extra clothes in a waterproof bag.

Never mix alcohol and boating. Alcohol impairs judgment, slows reaction time and increases the chance of hypothermia.

Carry an extra paddle, a first aid kit and waterproof matches or a lighter.


Rafters on Tikchik River
 Nuyakuk Falls
 

Floating in Wood-Tikchik State Park offers a remote wilderness experience. Most areas are very isolated and require travelers to be self sufficient.

Please bring extra food and clothing, a waterproof shelter and a personal locater beacon or satellite phone on your trip.

For more information please visit
http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/boating/index.htm