Trip Overview 

Bear Trail Lodge is located on the banks of the crystal-clear Naknek River, a fishery that was recently named the "Number One Rainbow Trout River in Alaska” by Fish Alaska Magazine. This amazing river is home to all five species of Pacific salmon as well as some of the largest rainbow trout in the world. Seriously … these guys have some of the LARGEST rainbow trout in the world!

Destination Quick Facts 

Yellow Dog Community and Conservation FoundationLOCATION:  Naknek River – King Salmon, Alaska

SEASON:  Early June through mid-October

CAPACITY:  Maximum of 22 guests per week


TARGET SPECIES:  Rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic char, Arctic grayling and all five species of Pacific salmon

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:  Photo identification for airlines and Alaska fishing license

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO     888-777-5060     INTL 01-1-406-585-8667       info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com


Lodging Details
Bear Trail Lodge consists of a very comfortable and inviting Main Lodge complete with a commercial kitchen, large dining room, relaxing living room, full bar area, a hot tub, and several large decks that overlook the river. Each of the Lodge’s guest cabins are well-appointed with queen beds, private bathrooms, individual heaters, and comfortable couches. The entire Lodge is connected by a boardwalk elevated 70 feet above the river, providing guests with the opportunity to relax and enjoy the views while reflecting on the adventures of the day.

Food and Beverages

The Lodge chef will prepare three hearty meals each day. All meals are served home-style and are all-you-can-eat. Breakfast includes hot and cold cereals, muffins, breads, fruit, eggs, French toast, pancakes, bacon, sausage, reindeer sausage, juices, and coffee. Lunch usually consists of sandwiches and soups. A shore lunch can be arranged with your guide, weather and wildlife permitting. The dinners are the main non-fishing event of the day, and menus include Alaskan-style appetizers, New York Strips, prime rib, crab legs, fresh salmon, halibut, shrimp, chicken and pork. Complimentary beer and wine are also served. Delicious desserts complete these excellent dinners. The kitchen is open 24 hours a day, so when food is not being served, guests are free to help themselves to anything in the kitchen. The Lodge does not supply any hard liquor, but you can certainly bring your own. They do include beer and wine along with all of the common mixers.

Typical Length of Stay
A standard package at Bear Trail Lodge is seven (7) days / seven (7) nights, although trips of any length can be arranged and accommodated.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
For non-anglers, the Lodge offers a variety of activities including scenic flights, wildlife viewing, boat tours, and seasonal bird hunting. The Lodge staff is fantastic about accommodating non-anglers and family members.

Internet / Communications
Internet access is available during your stay and some cell phones will work in King Salmon depending on your service provider.



General Information

The crystal-clear Naknek River – recently named the “Number One Rainbow Trout River” in Alaska by Fish Alaska Magazine – begins its 35-mile journey to Bristol Bay within the massive Katmai National Park and Preserve. This amazing river is home to all five species of Pacific salmon, as well as some of the largest rainbow trout in the world. The location of the Bear Trail Lodge allows you to fish for aggressive salmon and trout on the home waters, including great sections of the river directly in front of the Lodge. 

The salmon inhabiting the Naknek are just a short 20 miles from the ocean and are dime-bright, fresh, and very strong. The prime location of Bear Trail also allows you to fish the best spots of the upper part of the river, where you’ll find large rainbow trout feeding behind spawning salmon and migrating salmon smolt.

The Naknek River has a strong run of king salmon and one of the best spots on the river to fish for kings is within sight of the Lodge. The Lodge utilizes jet boats to access the best spots on the river to catch all species of salmon, while an in-house fly-out program takes advantage of the Lodge's close proximity to the many rivers and streams of Katmai National Park. These waters are full of spawning salmon and hungry rainbow trout and are also within the bounds of Alaska’s designated “Trophy Rainbow Trout” area.

Boats and Equipment
The Lodge utilizes a variety of DeHavilland Beavers and Cessna 206 aircrafts on floats provide fishing access throughout the region. The Lodge also utilizes a large fleet of aluminum boats equipped with Yamaha jet motors - some based at the Lodge, and many others strategically scattered throughout the region on numerous rivers. It is recommended that anglers bring their own gear and equipment, including rods, reels, waders, wading boots and terminal tackle.


How To Get There
Your trip starts upon arrival into Anchorage's Ted Stevens International Airport (ANC). Several major airlines serve Alaska from the Lower 48 with connections direct to Anchorage. From there, you will fly to King Salmon, Alaska.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times
It is recommended that guests overnight in Anchorage the day before a trip begins and then connect to King Salmon and the Lodge the following day.

Documents Required
Photo identification is required by airlines and to purchase your Alaska Fishing License. Licenses can be purchased at the Lodge, or online prior to your trip, by visiting this website: Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Travel Arrangements
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.


Package Rates
Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person and based on double occupancy.

3 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $4,995.00

4 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $6,475.00

5 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $7,750.00

6 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $8,895.00

7 Nights / 7 Fishing Days = $9,550.00 

What's Included

  • All daily fly-outs in Lodge aircraft
  • Double-occupancy cabin room with two comfortable beds
  • All meals at lodge
  • All non-alcoholic beverages, beer and wine
  • Unlimited guided fishing time
  • All necessary fishing gear, rods, and reels
  • National Park Service Fees
  • Fully-stocked fly tying bench
  • Daily maid service for your cabin
  • Professional vacuum sealing and preparation of salmon for shipment home

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to Anchorage, Alaska (ANC)
  • Hotel and meal costs in Anchorage
  • Alcoholic beverages other than beer and wine (hard liquor is bring your own)
  • Lodge and staff gratuities
  • Alaska Bed Taxes

Client Testimonials

"The overall experience was great. The guides, the fishing, the area, the waters, and the abundant wildlife were exciting, fun, and intriguing."
- Patrick C. (Denver, CO)