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Alaska River Adventures. These Cooper Landing–based guides take small groups fishing throughout the region, with self-professed "well-seasoned old pros." Alaska River Adventures is only one of two operators permitted to offer trips on the Goodnews River. Horseback riding, river rafting, and gold panning are also available. Book early for the Goodnews River: only six trips are allowed each year. Cooper Landing, AK. 907/595–2000 or 888/836–9027. www.alaskariveradventures.com. From $175.