- The Gulkana River Recreation Management Area incorporates the main branch, west fork and middle fork of the Gulkana River. The Gulkana River is one of the five most frequently used rivers in Alaska, primarily because of its
easy access at the put-in and take-out points.
Recreation - The Gulkana River is known for its recreational values, including excellent sport fishing, particularly for chinook (king) salmon during late June and early July. The Gulkana also contains sockeye salmon, grayling, and rainbow trout, as well as the northernmost population of steelhead trout in North America.
Climate - The river running season generally begins in early to mid-June depending on ice breakup and precipitation. Average annual precipitation, measured in Glennallen, is 12 inches of rain and 44 inches of snow. July is commonly the wettest month. During the summer, temperatures range from 35 F to 70 F with occasional highs in the 80s. However, be prepared for cold, wet weather at any time. By late August, the shorter days and colder temperatures bring the river recreation season to an end.
The Gulkana River Recreation Management Area lies immediately west of Richardson Highway and south of Denali Highway in central eastern Alaska. The area begins in the south from Glennallen and extends north to Paxson.