Bristol Bay Lodge, for nearly 50 years, has helped define Alaska wilderness fishing. Bristol Bay Lodge overlooks Lake Aleknagik and the surrounding mountains. The lodge is strategically situated in the heart of America’s largest state park: The Wood – TikChik Park, as well as the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, giving Bristol Bay Lodge the advantage of being utterly surrounded by pristine wilderness. The lodge’s proximity to the watersheds within Wood-TikChik Park and Togiak National Wildlife Refuge means less travel time and more time catching fish.
Bristol Bay Lodge has been in operation since 1972. Over that time the lodge has worked hard to establish and keep access to the best fishing in the parks. Briston Bay offers diversity of species and fishing methods. Bristol Bay Lodge is the best place for anglers looking for the complete Alaska fly-out experience.
Three hundred and fifty miles southwest of Anchorage lies Bristol Bay and its vast watershed, home of the finest freshwater sport fishing in North America. In the heart of the watershed lies Wood-TikChik State Park, containing 14 major lakes and their connecting river systems. Guests at Bristol Bay have access to this entire pristine Alaskan fishery. The Kanektok, Goodnews, and Togiak rivers are among the most productive in Alaska. Chinook (king) salmon, sockeye (red) salmon, chum salmon, pink (humpy) salmon, coho or silver salmon, Dolly Varden, arctic char, arctic grayling, rainbow trout and northern pike are all present in vast numbers at various stages of the Alaskan fishing season.
Each night at Bristol Bay Lodge, guests get together with their guides to schedule the following day’s fishing. Bristol Bay Lodge guests also have the opportunity to fish two of Alaska’s most renowned rivers, the Agulowak and the Agulopak, inside Wood-TikChik Park. These rivers provide productive fishing for
spotted Alaskan rainbows, grayling, char, and Dolly Varden all summer long. They are also host to the single largest sockeye salmon run anywhere in the world. On average, several million fish return to the Wood-TikChik lakes system and surrounding watershed every year. Bristol Bay Lodge guests generally begin catching the first sockeye around the 4th of July. Dry fly fishing, nymphing, and streamer fishing are all productive techniques at different times during the summer.
Additionally, just a short boat ride from the Bristol Bay Lodge’s front door is the world-famous Agulowak River, celebrated for its productive Alaskan rainbow trout fishing as well as its populations of grayling, char, Dolly Varden and sockeye salmon. Being able to access such productive fishing by boat is also a safeguard against the inevitable days of un-flyable weather, during which many other lodges cannot fish.
Much of Alaska’s best fishing water is accessible only by floatplane. Bristol Bay Lodge flies guests to their fishing destination in legendary DeHavilland Beaver floatplanes. These airplanes are comfortable and reliable, earning the nickname “workhorses of the North.” Each aircraft is in excellent condition and all are well maintained throughout the entire season.
Bristol Bay Lodge employs three pilots through the summer. Each pilot has more than three decades experience flying in Alaska and some have flown for Bristol Bay Lodge for more than 16 years. Jet boats are kept on many different rivers during the season for easy access to the most productive fishing waters. The boats ensure prompt, easy and comfortable access to the prime fishing grounds.
Bristol Bay Lodge’s two outpost camps give it another advantage that no other Alaskan fishing lodges can offer. Bristol Bay is unique in providing the opportunity for guests to enjoy two intimate, comfortable (recently upgraded) outpost camps situated on private water (an extremely rare commodity in Alaska). A maximum of four guests overnight along side these private streams, affording the opportunity to fish all night under the midnight sun or just enjoy sitting around the campfire in the middle of a vast Alaskan wilderness. Nevertheless, a full staff is always on hand. Both camps have fixed beds with fresh linens warm full sized, fleece-lined sleeping bags, heaters, running water, and full service lavatory. Each camp also has three guest tents, accommodating two fishermen per tent, as well as a cook’s tent where breakfasts and dinners are served. The camps are staffed full time by two experienced guides and a camp chef to take care of all of your needs. For many guests, this overnight experience is often the highlight of an otherwise unforgettable Alaskan fishing trip.
The main lodge at Bristol Bay accommodates up to 26 guests per week. The well-appointed facility offers casually elegant wilderness living filled with creature comforts and an atmosphere of camaraderie. The lodge is equipped professional kitchen, the dining room, a large living room and bar, a library and a huge fly tying bench laden with everything one needs to tie quality flies suited to the surrounding rivers.
The famous see-through fireplace is fronted by a panoramic view of Lake Aleknagik. In warm weather the lodge’s decks are the favorite gathering places for appetizers, cocktails and weekly barbecues. The hot tub and sauna get heavy use after fishing. Set around the lodge, but private in every regard, are four cedar cabins, often used for small groups or families.
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Bristol Bay Lodge 2020 Rates
The 2020weekly rate at Bristol Bay Lodge is $10,850 total, per person per week, including private charter.
Included: The price includes all meals, lodging based on double occupancy, fully guided daily fishing excursions(one guide per two anglers), R/T airfare Anchorage/Dillingham; all fly-outs; round-trip transportation between Dillingham (Alaskan port from which we transport guests to the lodge) and the lodge, fishing license and King Stamp, all waders, boots, rods and reels, all necessary lines and lures, professional vacuum sealing and preparation of salmon for shipping home, airline approved wet-lock fish box, Alaskan visitor’s fishing license.
Not Included: The price does not include transportation to/from Anchorage to/from home city, accommodation in Anchorage, terminal tackle — flies, lures, lines, etc. (these are available for purchase in our tackle shop), alcoholic beverages and gratuities.
*An additional fuel surcharge may apply.
EACH MONDAY THE LODGE TAKES 4 TO 5 GUESTS. THE RATES ARE THE SAME AS THE PREVIOUS SATURDAY.
FAMILY & SPECIAL WEEKS:
Family Week – Contact us for dates
We used to call this Father/Son Week but had requests for mothers, daughters, son-in-law’s, cousins, nephews and grandchildren too!
WEATHER: June temperatures are usually warm, 60-70 degrees, and Bristol Bay experiences lengthy days . . . almost 20 hours of daylight.
FISHING: The lodge enjoys excellent fishing for all resident species at this time. Some of the lodge’s best catches of arctic char, dolly varden, rainbow trout, lake trout, northern pike and arctic grayling occur in June. You’ll also be fishing for king salmon, chum salmon, and will have a good chance at sockeyes.
Midsummer Family Week – Contact us for dates
Bristol Bay has an increase in demand for family weeks at different times of the season with children so busy with other summer activities. The lodge gets many three-generation parties. Midsummer offers warm weather and lots of fish. Many catch rainbows and grayling on dry flies. The sockeye salmon are in by the millions and the dolly varden run is in high gear — 50 dollies a day is not uncommon. This is a great time to bring the family and introduce them to fly fishing or further their experience.
PRICE: The ‘head/heads of the house’ or adults fish at our regular rate of $10,850 and the “children” for 50% or $5,425. These rates apply for up to 2 parents and 4 children per family group.
WEATHER: Late July and early August temperatures are normally between 55 and 65 degrees, and the days are still lengthy for long fishing hours. While generally sunny, rain is a definite possibility at this time of year.
FISHING: All resident species are available, with excellent dry-fly fishing for rainbow trout and grayling. The sockeye and pink salmon are running, as are the sea-run Dolly Varden. There is also a chance to catch an early silver salmon.