Naknek River, Bristol Bay, Alaska
June through Early October
The clear water Naknek River, which begins its 35 mile journey to Bristol Bay from within the massive Katmai National Park and Preserve, host all five species of Pacific Salmon along with giant Rainbow Trout. Sitting about 14 miles downstream from Naknek Lake and at the confluence of King Salmon Creek is Bear Trail Lodge. The location of our the lodge allows fishing for aggressive salmon on the home river right in front of the lodge. These fish are just a short 20 miles from the ocean and are dime bright and very strong. This location also allows guests to fish the best spots of the upper part of the river where we find large Rainbow Trout feeding behind spawning salmon and out migrating salmon smolt. The Naknek River has a strong run of King Salmon and one of the best spots on the river is within sight of the lodge. The Naknek River also has annual sockeye returns in the millions and has a very strong run of silver salmon. The guides utilize jet boats to access the best spots on the river to catch these species of salmon. The fly out program takes advantage of the lodge’s close proximity to the many intimate streams of Katmai National Park that are full of spawning salmon and hungry rainbow Trout. These streams are also in Alaska’s designated Trophy Rainbow Trout area.
Having the trophy class Naknek River at the front steps of the lodge gives you the ability to fish every day, regardless of weather. Many times, throughout the season, the Naknek is the place to be when searching for monster Rainbows. However, your guides encourage you to take advantage of their fly-out program to experience all of what the Bristol Bay and Katmai region has to offer. All fly-outs are included in the package price.Reservation Request
Bear Trail Lodge consists of a very comfortable and inviting cedar main lodge that is complete with a commercial kitchen, a large dining room, a relaxing living room, a spectacular sun room with decks overlooking the stunning views of the Naknek River and the mountains of Katmai National Park.
The guest cabins are well appointed with comfortable beds, private bathrooms, individual heaters, and comfortable couches. Of course all of the rooms have the impressive views of the river. The entire lodge is connected by a boardwalk which will lead you to a dramatic deck with a hot tub that is elevated 70 feet above the river and provides guests with the opportunity to relax at one of the World’s premier fly fishing destinations while reflecting on the adventures of the day.
The lodge chef prepares 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, fruits, eggs, French toast, pancakes, bacon, sausage, reindeer sausage, juices, and coffee. The lunch usually consists of sandwiches and soups. A shore lunch can be arranged with your guide weather permitting. Dinners are the main non-fishing event of the day and also offers guests a time in which to exchange stories of their adventure from that day. Menus include Alaskan style appetizers, NY Strips, prime rib, crab legs, fresh salmon, halibut, shrimp, chicken, and pork. Complimentary beer and bottled wine is also served. Delicious desserts complete these excellent dinners. The kitchen is open 24 hours a day, and guests are free to help themselves to anything in the kitchen.
A number of major airlines service Anchorage with direct connections from the Lower 48. Once you arrive in Anchorage, your direct flight to Bear Trail Lodge is included in your package. We recommend arriving in Anchorage a day prior to your departure in order to enjoy Anchorage and make sure you make your connection to the lodge.
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|Location||Naknek River, Bristol Bay, Alaksa|
|Capacity||Maximum of 22 Anglers per week|
|Type of Lodge||Fly-Out & River Lodge|
|Target Species||Rainbow Trout, All Five Salmon, Arctic Char, Arctic Grayling|