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Tonsina River Alaska

Fish for trophy-sized Chinook salmon


The Tonsina River is a tributary to the Copper River located in Alaska’s south-central region. The Tonsina River originates high in the Chugach Mountains at the toe of the Tonsina Glacier. The Tonsina River flows  from the glacier into the Tonsina Lake and from the lake’s outlet mostly easterly to the Copper River near the town of Chitna.  The river water can be a blue-green color as some of the glacial silt settles in the lake before it reaches the outlet. The Tonsina River has some Class 4 rapids that are located at the most remote portion of the float trip.

​The Tonsina River is one of Alaska’s impressive king salmon fisheries. It is not unheard of to hook a 70 pound king salmon in the river. It’s far away from any major town or city, difficult to access without a boat, and it’s home to a large run of trophy-sized Copper River king salmon. The Tonsina River is a glacially-fed river with tight corners, technical rapids and lots of log jams and should only be run by expert river boaters.The Tonsina River is surrounded by steep banks and vast expanses of Alaskan wilderness where it is possible to view eagles, brown bears and moose. Rafting this stretch of the Tonsina River is a true Alaska wilderness adventure.

Tonsina River Fishing Trips


$500 per person 
10-14 Hours


$900 per person
2 days/1 night

Fully guided & completely outfitted fishing expeditions on the wild Tonsina River. Fishing license not included.

Join us for an epic king salmon fishing trip on the whitewater Tonsina River. Our Tonsina River King Salmon Charters start at Salmon Grove Campground where we will outfit you and head out for Milepost 80 of the Richardson Highway where the highway road bridge crosses the Tonsina River, our launch point. Ride the whitewater rapids downriver, stopping at a variety of different fishing holes, to target king salmon. Float 23 river miles from the put-in to take-out and fish the best holes on the way down. Our take-out point is the road bridge on the Edgerton Highway just before the town of Chitna.

Spend a night on the Tonsina River ​

The Tonsina River Fishing Trip makes for a very long day and we recommend spending one night on the river. The Tonsina River Day fishing trip requires 12-14 hours. If you are looking for more fishing time or a slower paced trip, consider the Tonsina Overnight Charter. Everything you need is included. You are expected to bring personal items and clothing and we will outfit you with all of your camping gear, food and fishing equipment.