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Beautiful trip down the Richardson Highway to fish the Gulkana River, Alaska

By Troutnut on July 15th, 2007
I will write some more about this from my private fishing reports later.

Photos by Troutnut from the Copper River, Summit Lake, Miscellaneous Alaska, the Gulkana River, the Klutina River, and the Delta River in Alaska

 From the Copper River in Alaska.
StateAlaska
LocationCopper River
Date TakenJul 15, 2007
Date AddedJul 19, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
This is one of the clearest lakes I've ever seen.  All the white smudges in the foreground are midges hovering over the bushes. From Summit Lake in Alaska.
This is one of the clearest lakes I've ever seen. All the white smudges in the foreground are midges hovering over the bushes.
StateAlaska
LocationSummit Lake
Date TakenJul 15, 2007
Date AddedJul 19, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
The Gulkana Glacier is an iconic landmark for north-bound travelers (or, I suppose, south-bound travelers looking north) on the Richardson Highway.  Thankfully, its silty runoff drains not into the Gulkana River drainage but into Phelan Creek in the Yukon drainage instead. From Richardson Highway near Summit Lake in Alaska.
The Gulkana Glacier is an iconic landmark for north-bound travelers (or, I suppose, south-bound travelers looking north) on the Richardson Highway. Thankfully, its silty runoff drains not into the Gulkana River drainage but into Phelan Creek in the Yukon drainage instead.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 15, 2007
Date AddedJul 19, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
The Copper River is another of Alaska's major glacial drainages, hosting huge salmon runs which spread out more thinly into its clearwater tributaries to spawn.  

This panorama is best viewed full-size. From the Copper River in Alaska.
The Copper River is another of Alaska's major glacial drainages, hosting huge salmon runs which spread out more thinly into its clearwater tributaries to spawn.

This panorama is best viewed full-size.
StateAlaska
LocationCopper River
Date TakenJul 15, 2007
Date AddedJul 19, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
Another panorama of the huge Copper River. From the Copper River in Alaska.
Another panorama of the huge Copper River.
StateAlaska
LocationCopper River
Date TakenJul 15, 2007
Date AddedJul 19, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
A professional photographer (whose name I forgot to get) just happened to be nearby as I finished up my sockeye fishing with this hefty limit of fresh, tasty salmon.  He took several pictures with his good camera, which hopefully he'll be sending me soon, and he snapped this one with my point+shoot camera. From the Gulkana River in Alaska.
A professional photographer (whose name I forgot to get) just happened to be nearby as I finished up my sockeye fishing with this hefty limit of fresh, tasty salmon. He took several pictures with his good camera, which hopefully he'll be sending me soon, and he snapped this one with my point+shoot camera.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 15, 2007
Date AddedJul 19, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
CameraPENTAX Optio WPi
This glacial river's blue-green water is incredibly opaque, but much prettier than the gray-brown of most other glacial rivers.  It is also fishable, though I prefer more clarity. From the Klutina River in Alaska.
This glacial river's blue-green water is incredibly opaque, but much prettier than the gray-brown of most other glacial rivers. It is also fishable, though I prefer more clarity.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 15, 2007
Date AddedJul 19, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
 From the Delta River valley in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 15, 2007
Date AddedJul 19, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
 From the Delta River valley in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 15, 2007
Date AddedJul 19, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
 From the Klutina River in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 15, 2007
Date AddedJul 19, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
CameraPENTAX Optio WPi
 From the Gulkana River in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 15, 2007
Date AddedJul 19, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
CameraPENTAX Optio WPi
The lack of access on this large river makes combat fishing the norm for anyone who hasn't planned ahead and got a permit from the native tribe controlling the land above the river.  It's a choice between this and trespassing.  I fished for about 20 minutes before I got tired of it and headed to a different stream. From the Klutina River in Alaska.
The lack of access on this large river makes combat fishing the norm for anyone who hasn't planned ahead and got a permit from the native tribe controlling the land above the river. It's a choice between this and trespassing. I fished for about 20 minutes before I got tired of it and headed to a different stream.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 15, 2007
Date AddedJul 19, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
 From the Delta River tributary in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 15, 2007
Date AddedJul 19, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
There's a fish-cleaning table right IN the river at this landing.  Driving out on the gravel bar is the norm, too.  It was a good place to field-dress my sockeye salmon.  Tossing the guts out into the river has them devoured by hungry gulls within seconds.  That's illegal in many places, but in Alaska it's the preferred way of dealing with fish waste: these ecosystems are driven by dead salmon and fully equipped to deal with it. From the Gulkana River in Alaska.
There's a fish-cleaning table right IN the river at this landing. Driving out on the gravel bar is the norm, too. It was a good place to field-dress my sockeye salmon. Tossing the guts out into the river has them devoured by hungry gulls within seconds. That's illegal in many places, but in Alaska it's the preferred way of dealing with fish waste: these ecosystems are driven by dead salmon and fully equipped to deal with it.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 15, 2007
Date AddedJul 19, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
 From the Copper River in Alaska.
StateAlaska
LocationCopper River
Date TakenJul 15, 2007
Date AddedJul 19, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
 From the Delta River in Alaska.
StateAlaska
LocationDelta River
Date TakenJul 15, 2007
Date AddedJul 19, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
 From the Gulkana River in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 15, 2007
Date AddedJul 19, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
Alaska has the right idea here.  I would like to see them add another digit to that number, but they're still doing pretty well compared to everyone else in that regard.  It shows, too -- there doesn't seem to be very much litter along this highway. From Richardson Highway in Alaska.
Alaska has the right idea here. I would like to see them add another digit to that number, but they're still doing pretty well compared to everyone else in that regard. It shows, too -- there doesn't seem to be very much litter along this highway.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 15, 2007
Date AddedJul 19, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
 From the Delta River valley in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 15, 2007
Date AddedJul 19, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
These seagulls live at the salmon-cleaning station during this time of year. From the Gulkana River in Alaska.
These seagulls live at the salmon-cleaning station during this time of year.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 15, 2007
Date AddedJul 19, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
This is a pretty cool silhouette of a bald eagle carrying some food, even though it isn't terribly well-focused or well-lit.  I was actually driving when I took it (though it was on a no-traffic campground driveway, so it wasn't unsafe) and the eagle swooped into the roadway right in front of me, then flew around to the side and gave me this profile. From the Copper River in Alaska.
This is a pretty cool silhouette of a bald eagle carrying some food, even though it isn't terribly well-focused or well-lit. I was actually driving when I took it (though it was on a no-traffic campground driveway, so it wasn't unsafe) and the eagle swooped into the roadway right in front of me, then flew around to the side and gave me this profile.
StateAlaska
LocationCopper River
Date TakenJul 15, 2007
Date AddedJul 19, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
A raven returns to its cliff-side nest along the Copper River. From the Copper River in Alaska.
A raven returns to its cliff-side nest along the Copper River.
StateAlaska
LocationCopper River
Date TakenJul 15, 2007
Date AddedJul 19, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
 From the Delta River tributary in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 15, 2007
Date AddedJul 19, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
A raven flies over the Copper River. From the Copper River in Alaska.
A raven flies over the Copper River.
StateAlaska
LocationCopper River
Date TakenJul 15, 2007
Date AddedJul 19, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
 From the Gulkana River just below Summit Lake in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 15, 2007
Date AddedJul 19, 2007
AuthorTroutnut

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