Kugururok Packraft

Kugururok Packraft




Western Brooks Range







Western Brooks Range



The relatively new and innovative technology of single-person packrafts allow us to explore the wildest portions of Alaska and to fish where few have ever cast a line. This week-long adventure in Northwest Alaska has it all: fun packrafting, mountain hiking, and outstanding fishing, all in a spectacular setting.


Last updated: February 27, 2020


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

July 26

Meet your guide(s) in Kotzebue for an evening preparatory meeting.

July 27

We fly north from the Chukchi Coast at Kotzebue across the Noatak Valley and into the DeLong Mountains. Following the Kugururok River from above, we assess water levels and choose the optimal starting location for the trip. Once the plane is unloaded and has departed, we are alone in the vast wilderness. Then we can set up a comfortable camp, the fishing rods, and enjoy the solitude.

July 28 - 31

Four full days on the Kugururok to bask in the beauty and catch some fish. We have about 35 miles to cover on the Kug so we have plenty of time to day-hike into the hills, explore the tundra or walk the river flats. Instruction for packrafting will be provided and the Kug is a good place to hone your skills. As we head south on the river the mountains recede and the floodplain grows broad.

August 1

Pack up and take a final stroll down the gravel bar in search of wildlife. Take a few more casts in hopes of a record Dolly or examine the mud flats for fresh tracks. Mid-morning our pilot will return for us (weather permitting) and will fly us three at a time down the Noatak River and into the village of Kotzebue where the trip concludes and you can take a shower.

Michael listened to our descriptions of what we wanted in a trip and investigated the possibility of making that sort of trip happen. Unlike some other guide services, he was attuned to what we were saying and did not outright say he could not accommodate us because Arctic Wild only provided trips like X, Y, or Z. In my opinion, the major difference between Arctic Wild and the 4 other guide services I talked to was that Michael tried to design a trip meeting our trip objectives and wishes.

- Rochelle , Missouri, USA



Transportation beyond Kotzebue

Food while in the wilderness

Stoves, cooking & eating utensils

Boats, paddles, life jackets

Safety & repair gear

Professional guide service

Select rental gear is included in the price of the trip.


Non-camp lodging

Non-camp meals

Personal clothing and gear as listed on our packing list

FIshing gear, and fishing license

Gratuity for guide


For a climate summary of the nearby Noatak Village click here. The Kug will likely be 5 or 10 degrees cooler.


Nunamiut, Helge Ingstadt

Land of Extremes, Alex Huryn

Ordinary Wolves Seth Kantner

Arctic Wild, Lois Crisler

People of the Noatak, Clair Fejes

"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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