The Perfect Alaska Fishing Adventure For Families
Overall, this may be the best family fly fishing lodge in Alaska. Located at the gateway to Katmai National Park, Brooks Lodge is the ideal location for both the do-it-yourself angler and those looking to do more than simply fish. This historic lodge sits on the shores of Naknek Lake, adjacent to the productive fishing waters of the Brooks River. Nearby runs the world-famous Brooks Falls – home to the best brown bear viewing in all of Alaska. Non-anglers can participate in numerous bear viewing activities, area “flight-seeing,” hiking, bird watching, photography, kayaking, and guided Park Service trips to the nearby “Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes.” Anglers can be guided on the Brooks River and other area fisheries or can choose to wade fish on their own.
Originally founded in 1950 as a fishing camp, Brooks Lodge has evolved into a premier lodge and family destination with modern accommodations. Guest lodging consists of sixteen (16) guest rooms that can accommodate two to four (2 – 4) guests each, all with showers, private toilet facilities, heat, and electricity. There is also a nearby campground for those that prefer to camp. The Main Lodge sits adjacent to the Brooks River and overlooks the glaciated waters of Naknek Lake, all surrounded by the jagged peaks of Katmai National Park. This is an ideal destination for groups of friends, anglers, and non-anglers, and families looking for more than just a hardcore fishing trip. It is also a great add-on to a longer lodge stay, and can effectively be included as a two to three-day add-on package.
Food and Beverages
The Main Lodge’s large circular fireplace is popular for evening relaxing and reminiscing about the day’s adventures. A large selection of hot food is served three times a day, buffet-style in the Lodge dining hall. Beer, wine, and cocktails are available for purchase at the Lodge bar each afternoon and evening. There is also a small store, the Trading Post, selling snacks and soft drinks, as well as personal items, souvenirs, and fishing tackle.
Typical Length of Stay
Trips and packages of any length can be arranged, and anglers and non-anglers can arrive and depart on any day of the week. Please call Yellow Dog for details and itinerary options.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Many non-angling opportunities are available at Brooks Lodge, including flightseeing, bear viewing, hiking, photography, bird watching, canoeing, and kayaking. At Brooks Lodge, you are just 22 miles from the volcanic “Valley of 10,000 Smokes.” The Valley is the site of one of the most violent eruptions in modern history. Novarupta Volcano exploded in 1912 with blasts of hot winds and gas which spewed glowing pumice and ash, destroying all living things and burying more than 40 square miles of the lush green valley under ash deposits to depths of 700 feet. Tours of “The Valley of 10,000 Smokes” depart from Brooks Lodge daily.
Internet / Communications
The Lodge does not have Wi-Fi or phone service available. Cell phones and internet access will be available in Anchorage.
How To Get There
Your trip starts upon arrival at Anchorage’s Ted Stevens International Airport (ANC). Several major airlines serve Alaska from the Lower 48 with connections direct to Anchorage. All Brooks Lodge sportfishing package prices include the round-trip airfare from Anchorage (ANC) to the Lodge.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
All Brooks Lodge sportfishing packages include round-trip flights from Anchorage (ANC) to Brooks Lodge on Katmai Air. From Anchorage, you will fly to Kulik Lodge (owned by the same people that operate Brooks Lodge) and transfer from a wheeled plane to a floatplane. The flight between Kulik and Brooks Lodge is 20 minutes via floatplane. Depending on availability, you can arrive and depart on any day of the week.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
The majority of the fishing at Brooks Lodge will take place on the Brooks River as well as numerous lakes and streams in the Naknek drainage. The primary species found in the Brooks River are rainbow trout, arctic grayling, and sockeye salmon. Daily fly-out options to the nearby Kulik River and other rivers and streams are also available if arranged prior to arrival. Options to fish in nearby hidden streams, accessible by boat for rainbow trout, sockeye salmon, arctic grayling, arctic char, northern pike, and lake trout can also make for an incredible day of fishing. Many anglers that visit Brooks fish on their own on the home waters of the lodge. This is a very easy thing to do, as the river itself is only two miles long. Upon arrival at the Lodge guests are taken on a half-day (four hours) guided Brooks River orientation.
Boats and Equipment
Yellow Dog recommends that anglers bring their own gear and equipment, including rods, reels, wading boots, flies, and all terminal tackle. Licenses, flies, and basic terminal tackle are available for purchase at the Trading Post. Rental rods, reels, and waders can also be rented at the Trading Post for guests that do not want to pack their own.
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 quoted in US dollars. Trips of any length can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.
Please contact Yellow Dog for custom rates.
- Round-trip air transportation between Anchorage (ANC) and Brooks Lodge
- All meals
- 1/2 day guided Brooks River fishing orientation
- All park access fees
- Lodging in a private cabin
What’s Not Included:
- Alaska fishing licenses and rental equipment (if needed)
- Additional guided fishing
- Alcoholic beverages at the lodge bar
- Alaskan bed tax
- Gratuities to guides and staff
- Optional fly out fishing days
Brooks Lodge (Katmai National Park, 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 unless dates are resold. In the event that dates are resold by either the lodge or by Yellow Dog, then a full refund will be issued minus a 5% service fee charged by the lodge and a $100.00 per person cancellation fee charged by Yellow Dog. If necessary, reservations may be rescheduled through the next operating season and all payments previously received towards the original reservation will apply as credits towards the rescheduled trip reservation when possible. Please note, however, that this is entirely at the discretion of the lodge. Cancelled reservations, where rescheduling trip dates are not an option, resulting in unsold availability, are not refundable. Changes made to a trip itinerary after a trip has begun are not eligible for refund. Flight reservations are refundable, less a $100.00 per person fee (for flights from Anchorage) or $45.00 per person fee (for flights from King Salmon), if cancelled at least 14 days prior to the start of the reservation. 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, 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. Brooks Lodge reserves the right to cancel or alter scheduled flights, tours or itineraries as situations or conditions require for safe operations due to weather or other factors beyond their control. Fly-out day trips will be refunded if aircraft cannot fly due to inclement weather. Day trips that are delayed will still take place if at least four (4) hours on the ground at Brooks is possible. 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. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that the 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.
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Beginning September 1st, 2020, Yellow Dog will apply a 3% convenience fee for all credit card transactions.
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