Goodnews River

Goodnews Bay, Alaska

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The Goodnews is an easy river with beautiful scenery and wonderful fishing. Short, and crystal-dear, it produces all five species of salmon as well as arctic grayling, rainbow trout, and Dolly Varden. Beginning at a small lake in the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, the Goodnews River flows about 15 miles to Goodnews Lake, nestled within the Ahkhrn Mountains, then flows southwesterly more than 60 miles before emptying into Goodnews Bay. For more than half its length, it flows through designated wilderness in the Togiak Refuge. While western Alaska and the Bristol Bay region is generally characterized as flats and wetlands, the Goodnews stays in the emerald-green, tundra-covered Mountains for much of its length. The lower river has a slow or nonexistent current due to the tidal influence of Goodnews Bay. Upriver winds can make downriver travel more difficult.

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"The Goodnews is an easy river with beautiful scenery and wonderful fishing. Short, and crystal-dear, it produces all five species of salmon as well as arctic grayling, rainbow trout, and Dolly Varden. Beginning at a small lake in the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, the Goodnews River flows about 15 miles to Goodnews Lake, nestled within the Ahkhrn Mountains, then flows southwesterly more than 60 miles before emptying into Goodnews Bay.

For more than half its length, it flows through designated wilderness in the Togiak Refuge. While western Alaska and the Bristol Bay region is generally characterized as flats and wetlands, the Goodnews stays in the emerald-green, tundra-covered Mountains for much of its length. The lower river has a slow or nonexistent current due to the tidal influence of Goodnews Bay. Upriver winds can make downriver travel more difficult."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Goodnews Bay
Distance: 60
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 5 days
Class: Class I
Season: June through September
Local Contacts: Togiak National Wildlife Refuge; Bureau of Land Management; Kuitsarak Inc.
Driving Directions: Directions to Goodnews River

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