Trophy Rainbows On The Naknek River
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!
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. A boardwalk connects the entire Lodge 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.
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.
Photo identification is required by airlines to purchase your Alaska Fishing License. Licenses can be purchased on the first day of your trip or online before your trip by visiting this website: Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
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All fly-outs are included in the overall trip package so if anglers wish to fly to Brooks Falls for one day or to another nearby river, all they need to do is ask. If anglers wish to stay more local, Bear Trail is located right on the banks of the famous Naknek River so it’s just a short walk to the dock and you’re off for the day.
The Naknek is renowned for its incredible rainbow trout fishery in addition to its prolific salmon runs that return every summer. It’s a large river so for those who love steelhead fishing and swinging flies, this is a perfect place to wade a run and wait for that grab. For those who are on the hunt for a true trophy rainbow, then fall is certainly the best time as the trout grow big after a full summer of eating nothing but protein and fat.
Bear Trail sends anglers to a wide array of rivers in the area. Depending on preferences and the weather, anglers will access some of Alaska’s most famous rivers throughout the week in addition to seeing 100’s of miles worth of Alaska’s backcountry.
Boats and Equipment
Bear Trail Lodge utilizes a vast fleet of jet boats to access the Naknek River and a number of other rivers and tributaries. For those who wish to do fly-outs, Bear Trail works with Branch River Air which will charter anglers to various rivers and fisheries throughout the Bristol Bay watershed. If needed, Bear Trail also supplies all gear and equipment including rods, reels, flies, waders, and boots.
Rates and Terms
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.
*does not include $15 per person per night bed tax
2 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $5,150.00
3 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $6,620.00
4 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $8,635.00
5 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $10,525.00
6 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $11,900.00
7 Nights / 7 Fishing Days = $12,925.00
- All daily fly-outs in Lodge aircraft
- Double-occupancy cabin room with two comfortable beds
- All meals at the 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
Bear Trail Lodge (King Salmon, Alaska)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
A non-refundable deposit of 50% per person is due within 10 days of booking for all lodging and fishing packages, and final payment if due 90 days prior to arrival. For cancellations, all deposits and payments are non-refundable. In no event will the lodge or Yellow Dog be responsible for any cancellation of services or operations due to inclement weather, any event of force majeure, airline delays or flight cancellations, or any other reason beyond the control of the lodge. The lodge will not refund payments in the event of poor weather, or if arrival flights are cancelled or airline connections are missed. Additionally, the lodge and Yellow Dog are not responsible for alternative travel arrangements including flights, hotels, meals and any other expenses incurred. For all of these reasons, and because of the lodge’s no refund and no credit policy, Yellow Dog strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance and full coverage for your trip. If a cancelled package is resold by either the lodge or by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then a full refund will be issued minus a $500.00 per person cancellation fee charged by the lodge and a $100.00 per person fee charged by Yellow Dog. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages. Once again, Yellow Dog strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance these Alaska packages.
Payment Terms For All Yellow Dog Trip Bookings
In order to lock in your trip reservation, we ask that you please remit payment within 10 days of receipt of invoice. For your convenience, Yellow Dog accepts on-line payments via a direct and secure ACH platform – a quick and easy way to complete your trip reservation. Note that all Yellow Dog invoices include a live link that takes you directly to the Yellow Dog ACH platform for fast and easy payment. For open and existing invoices with a remaining balance, payment reminders also include this easy link to the ACH page.
Other customary forms of payment that are accepted are checks or wire transfers. If you would like to pay in a different way or have any questions about alternate payment methods, please contact Yellow Dog at (888) 777-5060 or (406) 585-8667. We are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Beginning September 1st, 2020, Yellow Dog will apply a 3% convenience fee for all credit card transactions.
Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures Standard Forms For Payment
- ACH online payments (for US banking institutions only).
- Traditional checks (sent via mail)
- Electronic wire payments (client is responsible for any wiring fees)
*Please contact us if you prefer or require a different payment option. Convenience fees may apply for other payment methods.
**Please be aware that the ACH platform is only available for US financial institutions and bank accounts. International payments can be made via wire or with a credit card.
Yellow Dog Client Reviews
“It was my bucket list trip and it exceeded all my expectations!! This is a very unique lodge with a unique approach to hosting guests. Nancy and her team make you feel as if you are family and their home is your home. Absolutely one of the best trips my wife and I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing! And I believe we are well-traveled.” – Jerry C.
“The trip exceeded our expectations and we left Bear Trail Lodge with a great appreciation for the owners and staff and can’t thank them enough for making our experience a trip of a lifetime!” – Bryan R.