Killik River

River rafting paddlingKILLIK RIVER RAFTING IN ALASKA – WILDLIFE FLOAT TRIP – 10 days

Alaska’s Killik River is one of Alaska’s most endearing rivers, and with good reason! This spectacular trip originates at Easter Creek, a tributary of the Killik River. The headwaters of this classic U-shaped river valley are surrounded by dramatic 6,000 to 7,000 foot peaks and have deep blue lakes, sand dunes, large lateral moraines, and rolling alpine tundra.

We will take advantage of this excellent area for day hiking as we look for Dall sheep. Leaving the mountains we enter the Arctic Slope, and an entirely different world unfolds. We are in the home range of the Western Arctic caribou herd, moose, grizzly bear, and it isn’t uncommon to see wolves.

mother and calf mooseThe river flows rapidly with easy but fun rapids. Below the rapids, fossils are evident in rock outcroppings. The river offers excellent fishing for arctic char, arctic grayling, and northern pike as we float northward to our rafting take-out. After traveling the river for 105 miles in 10 days, our float ends at the confluence of the Killik and Colville Rivers where we’ll await pickup by floatplane.

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