I am in need of a little help regarding the upper Nowitna River. I have drawn the DM810 tag and am looking forward to the hunt. My hjunt partner and I were planning on flying our own planes in. He has been out to the rive a couple of times to look it over and found several gravel bars which were big enough for us both to get in on (Champ & Pacer). We flew the river Sunday and the water is VERY high. All of the gravel bars we were planning on are flooded. We are planning to hunt 9-21 Sept due to work schedules. The questions I am hoping for help with are;
1. Has anyone been on the upper Nowitna recently and in your opinion is it above "normal" levels? If so by how much?
2. Historically do the water levels in the area fall in September?
3. If you were to use an air service to fly in who would you recommend?
We are looking at shifting from wheel planes to hiring a air service to fly us in, but that is going to put a huge dent in my son's college fund.
Thanks for the help,