We are planning a float trip in a four person raft in late June/early July on the Johns or the NF Koyukuk. We have seven total river nights and are wondering if anybody can provide any information on these two rivers in terms of length of float, etc. I know it really depends on where you get dropped, but sounds like the NF has a faster flow in a typical year, and also is perhaps more interesting in terms of rapids (but stilll class II at most flows). My questions:
1. Is there a long carry to the river if you fly in to Huntfork Lake for the John?
2. Is it a long carry to the NF from Gates Bar or Redstar.
3. Is one choice better than the other if we wanted a leisurely pace and not to be too rushed?
4. Are we ignoring a more logical/flexible choice? we liked those because we were not likely to get weather-delayed on the back end, since we were floating into Bettles. We have a tight connection back to the lower 48 on the back end.
Any insight you can offer would be greatly appreciated. And if I can help in the other direction around the Wrangells or the Cascades (or anything in the east), let me know! Thanks!