Length: 6 Days
Begins and Ends in King Salmon
American Creek is one of Ouzel Expeditions favorite rivers. We offer this as a 6 or 7 day fishing and or bear viewing float trip. From the last week of July on you will see plenty of Brown Bears here. You will see more bears here than anywhere else. You will see from 60 to 70 different bears in the week. You will see these same bears 4 or 5 days in a row! We get familiar with them enough to name them. So, sometimes it seems like you are seeing 70 bears a day. The bears run up and down the creek chasing after Sockeye Salmon. The American is located in Katmai National Park. We land on Hammersly Lake. This trip begins after an amazing float plane ride from King Salmon, over Naknek Lake landing on one of the most beautiful lake settings you can imagine.
Weather your priority is fly fishing, adventure, hiking, or wildlife viewing this river has it all. Ouzel guides trips here in mid June to put fisherman on great rainbow fishing. but anytime of year is great for hiking and adventure. When the red salmon start to show up, in the millions, in late July to Naknek Lake, this creek turns into brown bear haven. We have floated this river for 25 years and have counted an average of 70 brown bears a week. We have never seen more bears on any river in Alaska!
This river has excellent light tackle dry fly fishing for huge Rainbow Trout and Arctic Char. Six and seven weight rods are just right for this river. At times it has the best dry fly fishing we’ve ever seen! Floating lines are all you need here. We’ve caught 30 inch Rainbows here. It really should be called the Rainbow River.
The American starts out as a shallow, rock dodging river but can be an experience like no other. There are some rapids and one small falls that we row over which gives clients a big smile. If you want to photograph brown bears up close, and away from the crowds at McNeil River or Brooks Falls, this is the river for you. There are very few places in the world where you can get this close to large predators like this. Imagine floating down a river in Africa and seeing over 70 lions, it is well worth it. The bears here are very happy due to the giant run of Sockeye Salmon.
Wildlife viewing is spectacular. Since it lies inside the protected Katmai National Park, you do have a great chance of spotting moose, caribou, and wolves. We have seen a wolf chase caribou right through camp. We have seen foxes chase wolverines, which is highly unusual. One trip we saw 17 Bull Moose.
You can add on a trip to Brooks Falls before or after the trip. While you are in the area, you might as well do a day trip to Valley of Ten thousand Smokes, the site of the second largest volcanic eruption in recorded history.