Alaska Salmon Program


Three facilities are available in the Wood River system. The facility on Lake Aleknagik is within the village of Aleknagik (pop. ~250) and serves as a base of operations for research on Lake Aleknagik (the lowermost of the lakes) and as a staging ground for research in the upper lakes. Visitors can fly to Dillingham (the largest fishing port in the region, served by regularly scheduled jet flights from Anchorage) and drive the 30 km to our camp.

A two-story cabin, a bunkhouse, and a Pan Abode cabin provide housing quarters for up to 25 people.  In 2009 we completed a large new industrial cooking facility. A small lab is available to scientists, as well as a small classroom.  Wireless, but limited internet, is available at the Aleknagik field station, as well as a landline telephone and fax machine. Electricity is provided by conventional hook-up to the local community. This facility also has running water, flush toilets, a washer–dryer, and other amenities. A Chevrolet Suburban and Dodge pick-up truck are available for transportation to and from Dillingham.

Our camp on Lake Nerka is accessible by float plane or, more typically, by boat from Aleknagik. The Lake Nerka facility is capable of comfortably supporting 8-12 people.  It has two bunkhouses, a main cabin with living and cooking/dining space,  a small laboratory, tool shop, and storage building. Electrical power is supplied by solar power and a 12-kW diesel generator, heat is by propane, and communication is provided by radio-telephone.  Limited satellite internet is available at the Nerka field station. Fuel, food, and other supplies are obtained at the Aleknagik research station.

A four-person cabin is maintained at Lake Kulik (the upper-most of the main lakes) and is accessible by float plane or boat during moderate to high water levels.

Boats available for research in the Wood River Lakes include two very sturdy welded aluminum vessels: a 24 flat-bottom Munson powered by twin 70-hp outboard motors and a 19 Workskif powered by a 90-hp motor. We also have several 16–18 skiffs with 40-60-hp motors. Each camp has a maintenance shop, fully equipped for carpentry, plumbing, electrical projects, and outboard motor and truck repairs.