Western Arctic Rivers: Utukok, Kugururok, Noatak

Sean, Roman,
Did either of you ever make it up to the Western Arctic to do a version of these trips (Noatak, Sapun, Salmon, etc)? Curious…trip planning for this summer.


Hi Roman, I live in Nome, and am planning on doing the trip from Kobuk Dunes to Kiana on Packraft over Labor Day weekend. Was your experience on that section a positive one? I am still trying to get an exact distance on the river, appears to be 45-50 miles. Any recommendations as to bivouac sites? It appears to only have a 2-3 mph current. Were you spending long days on the river? I have an Alpacka Explorer. Thanks! Ryan