Wood River Lakes Water Trail
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
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
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.
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.
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