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. 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.
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 and to purchase your Alaska Fishing License. Licenses can be purchased on the first day of your trip, or online prior to your trip, by visiting this website: Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.
Guests at Alaska West typically fish in pairs with a guide. Sturdy, 18-foot jet boats are used for transportation. Fishing is done both from shore and from the boat, depending on guest preferences and fishing conditions. Alaska West’s guides are excellent instructors, accustomed to working with both experienced and first-time anglers.
Wading on the Kanektok is extremely easy. With almost no rocks larger than your fist, older guests have no problem moving around the river. The Kanektok river provides a wide variety of fishing scenarios, ranging from large tidewater sections to small, ‘trout stream’ side channels – most within a 20-minute boat ride from camp. High numbers of fish combined with very fly-fishable water make the Kanektok one of the best spots in the world to target king and silver salmon on a fly rod.
The Kanektok flows 110 miles from its headwaters at Kagati Lake, through the 4.5 million acre Togiak Wilderness Reserve, to the Bering Sea. The river is home to the famous Alaskan “Leopard Bows” – spectacularly colored rainbow trout named for the amazing profusion of spots that cover their body (even their eyes are sometimes spotted!). These wild rainbows attain trophy size and are available throughout the season both in the main river and the many tributaries. Other resident species include Arctic Char, Dolly Varden, and Grayling. The Kanektok also harbors strong runs of all five migratory species of Pacific salmon: king, sockeye, chum, pink, and silver. A typical day of guided fishing at Alaska West is 10-hours long (8:00 AM to 6:00 PM).
Boats and Equipment
Alaska West utilizes 18-foot, shallow draft aluminum boats outfitted with jet driven engines. Because you don’t have to fly out each day to experience great fishing, your angling hours will not be affected by poor weather conditions or low visibility. It is recommended that anglers bring all of their own gear and equipment, including rods, reels, wading boots, flies and all terminal tackle.
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.
2020 Rates: *does not include $15 per person per night bed tax
3 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $5,220.00
4 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $6,975.00
5 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $8,375.00
6 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $9,595.00
7 Nights / 7 Fishing Days = $10,425.00
- 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