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Buck Williams
P.O. Box 53
Ekwok, Alaska 99580

phone 907.464.3398
fax 907.464.3733


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Williams Guides and Kennels gives you the option of embarking on a do-it-yourself fishing and hunting expedition, or enjoying the experienced guiding services of the Williams family, who have hunted, fished and dogsledded in Ekwok for at least a decade.

The family owns and operates a lodge, outfitting company, a general store and kennels in Ekwok. Buck has been an avid racer of sled-dog teams, completing the Yukon Quest, Kuskokwim 300-mile race and others over the years in the area. Buck and Julia now raise their family and yellow labs in Ekwok.  Julia’s grandfather operated a trading post in the early 1900s here and she carried on in his footsteps, opening Uncle Freddie’s Store there.

The Yup’ik Eskimo village of Ekwok sits on the Nushagak River, 43 miles northeast of Dillingham, and 285 miles southwest of Anchorage. People have settled in this place whose name means “end of the bluff," since the 1800s, when it was first used as a fish camp and berry-picking hub. By 1923, it was the largest settlement along the Nushagak River and until the ‘40s, mail was still delivered to Ekwok via dog sled.

Guided Fishing and Hunting

Williams’ guides hunt and fish the Nushagak and Mulchatna Rivers and their tributaries, which host ample, world-class runs of king salmon in the summer. The Nushagak River is home to all five species of Pacific salmon, which make their runs at different times from June through August, along with Grayling, Dolly Varden, Northern Pike and Rainbow Trout. Guides are able to fly a bush plane to the outer watershed areas and Buck’s daughter, Annie, has been a fly-fishing guide for several years. “There’s not many girls that can drive the river like she can,” Buck says.

Occasionally skiffs steer past bear feasting on salmon and, sometimes in August, caribou pass through the flats. Buck said he began offering Do It Yourself packages priced for the “working man” to better accommodate independent adventurers who enjoy filleting their own fish, running their own boats and setting their own schedules.  The lodging area includes a dining hall, kitchen, steam bath and showers.

Guides are also registered to lead brown bear, moose, caribou and wolf hunts. They limit brownbear hunts to no more than four per year and moose hunts to no more than two per year. So, please reserve your hunting trips early.

Fishing Rates:

  • Fully Guided Package: 6 days, 5 nights $3,200
    Includes a full-time guide, fishing tackle (rods, reels and lures), rain gear, waders and fish processing, home-style meals.
  • Package 1 Do It Yourself (self-guided): 6 days, 5 nights $1,600
    Includes skiff, gas, fishing rods, reels, and net. You process your fish and prepare your meals at the lodge. Please bring your own rain gear, waders, lures and fish bags.
  • Package 2 Do It Yourself (self-guided):  $125 per night. Skiff-rental $150 per day
    Please be prepared to provide your own gas, food, rods, reels, lures, rain gear, waders, fish bags, ect.
    We offer room rentals and skiff outboard
    rentals on a per-day basis.

Hunting Rates:

  • Brown Bear (Sept. 10 – Oct. 25): $12,500 not including airplane flight to camp
  • Alaska Yukon Moose (Sept. 5 – Sept. 15): $11,500 not including flight to camp
  • Any caribou and wolf hunts are solely in combination with moose and bear hunts.

Note:A Moose permit is required for the Nushagak and Mulchatna Rivers. Please contact Fish and Game, in person in Dillingham, AK between July 15 and August 30 to register for 1 of 75 available permits.
(Buck specifies that this practice has created a semi-exclusive area that can only improve the quantity and quality of trophy moose in the area. This permit is on a first come first serve basis so this usually means a special flight to Dillingham and back home prior to your hunt.”)