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Kongakut River

Length 8-9 Days.

Minimum 4 people   Max 8 people.

Price  $5,800

Ask about kayak along option  

June 12-19   8 Days  One spot open     (Kayak along option left.  Price $5,100)

June 19-26    8 days 6 spots open    

The Kongakut River is one of Ouzel Expedition’s most remote wilderness float trips.  Considered the “crown jewel” of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, this river is perfect for adventurous souls wanting to get deeper into the Brooks Range to view Alaska’s wildlife, to hike the rugged peaks, and to sit back and enjoy floating the crystal clear water, while experiencing the quiet pristine quality of northern Alaska.   

Animals you can see on this trip:

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Ouzel has 25 years experience floating this river.  Our rafts can carry the necessary equipment to handle an expedition in the arctic.   No other company is more prepared for Arctic conditions than Ouzel, we have 40 years of experience floating rivers in Alaska.   


Just getting to the river is a memorable journey in itself. The scenic flight from Fairbanks to Arctic Village and then to the Kongakut by bush plane is spectacular. Flying over the legendary Yukon River and the vast arctic terrain above the Arctic Circle is truly experiencing remote Alaska.  


“Floating through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge,  was even more amazing than going on safari in Africa.”  

~Author of Eyes of a Tiger, 2 star General, and Ouzel client  Arthur Clark


     Fishing for Arctic Char can be excellent.  

Trophy Char.
Trophy Char.

Kongakut River Photography Float Trip
Kongakut River Photography Float Trip

Once on the river,  we take our time, stopping often to look at flowers, hike, view wildlife, identify birds, and learn about the unique arctic ecosystem. With twenty four hours of day light the travel tempo is relaxed.





There are few places in the world where one can float down such a pristine river and see so much wildlife. It’s common to see wolves, bears, caribou, musk ox, and dall sheep. The Porcupine caribou herd 300,000 strong migrates across the Kongakut River, so if we are lucky, we can float through a sea of caribou.

Hiking is world class.  You have a chance to explore,  at every campsite we stop at.   Hikes will be lead by an Ouzel guide or professional photographer.

Ask about our kayak along option

Kayaking the Brooks Range

If you want to be more hands on.  We offer the kayak along with the group option, with our inflatable SOTAR kayaks.    These are made from the same material as our boats.   Very stable and can be paddled by anyone with kayaking experience.   

Your gear will be transported down the river in our gear rafts.  

Kayaking the Kongakut


All campsites along the river are located in the mountains of the Brooks Range. At the last camp near Caribou Pass we hike to the top of a hill and realize by looking out over Demarcation Bay and sea ice to the north, Canada to the east, Alaska’s Arctic Slope to the west, and the winding Kongakut to the south that we are at the top of the world.


Caribou Pass Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Caribou Pass Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.