Guests at Alaska West have the opportunity to book fishing days on the Arolik River, which is a really awesome experience for a whole bunch of reasons. Accessing the Arolik involves taking a short bus ride through the village of Quinhagak and down the Arolik Road to the edge of the river, where we keep our guide boats.
The Arolik bus is a real gem. Formerly used by forestry teams, it made its journey to us by barge. Its life in (well, near) Quinhagak started off with the barge getting stuck in the muddy bay outside the mouth of the Kanektok for a couple of weeks, easily within sight but yet so far away…but that’s another story.
It’s got plenty of room for anglers and gear, and let’s just say it’s got a ‘well-worn’ feel to it. Rugged, reliable and overflowing with character – just the way we like it.