Etivluk River Trip

Etivluk River Trip


August 15, 2015 - August 22, 2015


Western Brooks Range





August 15, 2015 - August 22, 2015


Western Brooks Range



Looking for the most remote location in the United States? You will find it on the Etivluk River. The Etivluk is an almost unexplored gem on the eastern edge of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). Flowing north from Brooks Range, it offers solitude, wildlife encounters and abundant Eskimo artifacts.


Last updated: March 17, 2016


What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.

Aug 14

Meet your guide for a pre trip meeting at 4 pm in Fairbanks at Arctic Wild headquarters.

Aug 15

Fly north from Fairbanks across the Yukon River and on to the Brooks Range. Transferring to a smaller plane, we fly deeper into the wilderness and land near the headwaters of the Etivluk. After unloading the airplane and carrying our gear to the river, we will make camp on a nice gravel bar with views of mountains all around.

Aug 16 - 21

We break camp, inflate and load the rafts, then head downstream. We will alternate exciting paddling days on the river and relaxing layover days when we can explore our surroundings with day hikes, fishing, discovering old Eskimo sites, or just relaxing around camp. The time is yours to do as you wish. We will provide guidance, natural history knowledge, safety precautions, and encouragement to explore this vast and wild landscape. There will be plenty of activity for those who want it, and plenty of relaxation for those who prefer cloud watching to peak bagging.

Aug 22

We spend the morning listening for our plane. When it arrives, we load our gear and head towards Fairbanks. A hot shower is in order.

Such a joy to spend days where time was meaningless.  A wonderful adventure and I would like to return next year for a longer, more challenging trip.

You mentioned to me in an email that you have terrific guides - you do indeed.  Dave is a superb guide. He is personable, knowledgeable about the Arctic, and has excellent group management skills. I appreciated the time he spent teaching me to read the map, which is not easy without trails.   He allowed Adrian and me to hike at our own pace and he encouraged all of us to explore the area surrounding our campsites. I know the others would concur in my praise.

- Sandra, California, USA



Transportation beyond Fairbanks, food while in the wilderness, stoves, cooking & eating utensils, water filter, safety & repair gear and professional guide service. An equipment list is provided upon registration. Select rental equipment is available through Arctic Wild and is included in the trip price.


Lodging, non-camp meals, personal clothing and gear, fishing gear, and fishing license.


We can get some powerful storms that can either rain or snow on us in August, but we also get lots of mild summery days. You can expect temperatures to range from the 30s to the 70s. Mosquitoes and flies could be bothersome on occasion. DEET and a headnet are essential. Mid- August is not a time of extremes. We expect a bit of everything from sun to wind to rain to flies to perfect fall days when there is no place on earth finer than the Arctic.


Nunamiut, Helge Ingstadt; Land of Extremes, Alex Huryn; We Live in the Arctic, Constance Helmericks; Arctic Wild, Lois Crisler; Last Light Breaking Nick Jans; More Alaska reading is available from our Bookstore.

"The wilderness was spectacular, the leadership perfect."
"I am just finishing my tenth trip with you guys. As always, the trip was more than I expected and I had a great time. See you next year!"
"Of all outfitters with whom we have worked (and that is quite a number), you were by far the most organized and responsive."
"That feeling of wide open wonder, the possibilities for nearly limitless wandering, and the image of those proud caribou...that will stay with me a long time"
"Our guide was an encyclopedia on legs. He was always willing and ready to teach, to talk, to listen, to do another hike, or to lie low in camp if we were beat. He truly gave us the trip we wanted!"
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