Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Lake Iliamna, Alaska

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Intricate Bay Lodge

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge

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Iliamna, AK

The Story

Inspirational Alaskan luxury designed for you. Meet the NEW Intricate Bay Lodge.

The adventure begins with a 20 minute float plane ride into a private cove on Lake Iliamna. You'll fly over the unspoiled wilderness of Bristol Bay with breathtaking vistas and wide open spaces. When you arrive at Intricate Bay Lodge, you'll immediately feel the camaraderie and anticipation for a grand adventure.

Intricate Bay Lodge was rebuilt in 2015 after a devastating fire. Its new immense windows open to the same awe-inspiring views, where bears and the occasional moose make a surprise visit on the prime location on Lake Iliamna. The home waters of Intricate Bay Lodge include two world-class rivers: the Copper and the Gibraltar.

Here, you get the best of both worlds; not only is the fishing excellent nearby, but the location is also very close to many "fly-out" rivers, and that means shorter flights. We can land you on the rivers and streams of Katmai National Park including the Moraine, Funnel, Battle, American Rivers, also Kvichak River, New Halen River and Talarik River. Of course, the Copper and Gibraltar are the most famous, especially when targeting big rainbow trout, but we believe our guests should have the chance to see and experience the tremendous fishing diversity of the entire Bristol Bay / Lake Iliamna area; consequently, we frequently make trips to target species like rainbow trout, arctic char, grayling, lake trout, pike, and Pacific salmon.

There's nothing "standard" about Intricate Bay Lodge accommodations. You won't miss the old funky Alaska-style lodge, when you walk into this architectural dream lodge. The clean lines, tall ceilings, giant fireplace, and views that won't quit. The stunning main lodge houses 5 guest suites, each with their own full bathroom, a kitchen with a full-time gourmet chef, a dining room, bar, fireplace, and cozy couches you can flop onto ready to swap fish tales that, for once, require no embellishment. While many other lodges tout how "big" they are, the strength of Intricate Bay Lodge is that it only takes 10 guests; you do the math, it all adds up to more fun for you and your friends and family. In fact it's quite frequent we get groups that book out the entire lodge.

Rated as one of the top 3 lodges in Alaska in 2017, discover where personal service and the depth of experience are as important as your comfort. You will experience unrivaled personal service and attention, along with all the amenities you'd expect in a fine hotel including wireless internet and satellite TV. Despite its remote location (after all, we're here for the fish), the lodge has 24-hour electricity, courtesy of an eco-friendly inverter system that reduces generator use.

On the deck, soak in a wood-fired hot tub and marvel at the magnificent view of the sun setting over Lake Iliamna while enjoying cocktails and appetizers.

Move to the dining room and savor a delicious meal prepared to perfection by the full-time, professional chef. When you're finished, tie a few flies on the well-equipped bench, locate tomorrow's secret spot on the big wall map or retire to the spacious common room, sink into a comfortable chair and swap stories with friends new and old. Camaraderie, comfort, great food, quiet beauty, and the anticipation of a new adventure tomorrow ... that's Intricate Bay Lodge.

Why Choose Us?

  • Alaska's Best Small Lodge, capable of handling up to 10 guests.
  • A fabulous gourmet kitchen worthy of our gourmet chef.
  • A unique bar and a dining area capable of slaking thirsts and sating the ravenous appetites of fishermen who have spent the day wrestling oversized trout and salmon.
  • Intimate, personal, and quality experience found at Intricate Bay Lodge.
  • World Renown Home Water


President Carter and wife spent a week with Intricate Bay July 2017

Fly Rod and Reel magazine listed Intricate Bay Lodge as one of three best lodges in Alaska.

At the Lodge:

The main lodge is a beautiful 3,500 sq. ft. custom cedar building. Lodge capacity is 10 guests within the 5 main lodge guests rooms. Private groups of up to 14 can be accommodated by prior request.

Amenities include a mud room with lockers, laundry service, a bar and game room, and large common area. There is a grand deck facing the lake with an outdoor wood fueled hot tub.

About the Guest Rooms:

Five guest rooms are within the main lodge, all have private baths. Three rooms have one queen and one full, 1 room has queen and full bunk beds and 1 room has one full and 2 full bunk beds.

In the Kitchen:

First class dream kitchen for our chef, designed for function and performance. Breakfast served to order including a buffet of fresh fruit daily. Lunches are served stream side and are accompanied by hot beverages of choice. Appetizers and dinners include the finest Alaskan king crab, filet mignon, prime rib, Alaskan shrimp, Alaskan halibut, chicken and baby back ribs. The meals are well balanced, so you needn’t feel guilty when you devour the homemade breads, delicious pastries and gourmet delights served with each lodge meal.

What is Provided:

Included: All guided actives advertised in your selected package. Daily housekeeping, three meals per day, transfers between the Iliamna Airport and the Lodge. Use of chest waders, fly rods & reels, King Salmon rods & reels; spinning rods & reels and all flies, lures and tackle. Preparation of all harvested fish in an airline-approved non-insulated shipping container. All local taxes.

Not Included: Airfare between your home and Iliamna, staff gratuities, liquor, fishing license and king stamp.

What to Bring:

A detailed pre-trip information document regarding travel and packing is provided for all guests upon making a reservation and beforehand upon request. It is also available by request. or please click on the link below:
Packing List

Gear Recommendations:

Please see:
Packing List

We provide all rods and reels, flies, beads, weights, tippet, fly tying vise…the works. With that said, speaking as a fish fanatic, we understand completely if you want to bring your own gear.

Here’s what we recommend:

  • Rainbow fishing: 6-8 weight
  • Grayling/Dolly/Char fishing: 4-5 weight
  • Sockeye Salmon fishing: 8 weight
  • Line – weight forward floating line
  • A 8.5'-9.5' rod is ideal
  • Ten foot leaders are the best choice with 8 to 10 lb. tippets
  • Strike indicators work best in order to pick up Trout and Char


Blackberry Farm operates year-round.


Fly fishing is a year round opportunity at Blackberry farm. With more than 700 miles of water at our back door we can find fish somewhere.

Spring brings the first and largest fly hatches of the year. March through early June offers some of the best dry-fly fishing on both the float trips as well as on property and mountain wading experiences. We are usually fishing through most of the spring for rainbow and brown trout with both dry and wet flies.

Summer brings with it warmer temperatures and lower water. We typically start heading for higher-elevation streams for rainbow and brown trout. We also find the warmer temperatures to be a great excuse to venture higher in elevation in search of the native brook trout. Most of our aquatic insect activity occurs in the spring, so we are normally fishing various dry flies and terrestrials most of the summer. Several of our local rivers also offer warm water fishing opportunities. Smallmouth bass fishing is a summer time favorite!

Fall brings a welcome cool down. We are generally still dry-fly fishing in the mountain and on property streams for rainbow, brown, and brook trout. There are a few more active aquatic insects in the fall than the summer. We are normally using dry flies on warmer days and will start to nymph as the fall progresses.

Winter fishing can still be fantastic on Hesse creek, our on-property stream. Fishing in many of the off site locations can slow a bit, but is still a possibility throughout most of the winter.


With close to a mile of managed water on property and close to 800 miles of off-property water in our back yard, we have something to offer anglers of all skill levels. From the beginner looking to learn to cast, to the complete angler looking for the challenge of wary and wild trout, our program can be customized to fill any need. We offer wading trips on and off property to anglers of all skill levels as well as off-property drift boat trips down scenic dam controlled tailwaters.

Hesse Creek, on property, is a stocked and managed fishery. It offers anglers a chance to catch trophy-sized rainbow and brown trout. It is an excellent place to enjoy and learn the sport of fly fishing, but also has something to offer anglers of all skill levels. The Smoky Mountains National Park has more than 700 miles of fishable trout water containing wild rainbow, brown, and brook trout. All these streams are small freestone streams that offer wading opportunities for anglers. Many of the streams are accessible from the road while others require some hiking to get to.

The float trips down the Clinch and Holston rivers are full day adventures guided from a drift boat. Both rivers contain rainbow and brown trout. The Holston River is best fished in the spring while the Clinch is a year round fishery. The Holston River as well as a few other local waterways offer great smallmouth bass fishing as well!

Typical Weather:

Spring: March typically brings with it our first warmer days as winter fades. Our fishing really tends to pick up by mid March as our day time highs start to reach near the 70 degree F mark, although evenings can still be quite chilly through April. Spring is also a fairly wet season in East Tennessee.

Summer: As we sneak through June and ease into summer, we typically start to dry out and heat up. Late summer can bring daytime highs into the 90s and mid afternoon to early evening rain showers are quite common.

Fall: Much like our spring, fall brings with it cooler temperatures and the much awaited color change of the hill sides. Highs are in the 70s and lows are down to the mid 40s. Our peak foliage color tends to be in the first or second week of November.

Winter: As winter sets in, our temperatures begin to fall. Although we experience fairly mild winters, we can see lows down into the 20s and highs in the mid to upper 40s. We do get a small amount of snow fall during the average winter but normally don't experience any accumulation.

2021 Rates:

Executive Package: From $9,250
Combo Package: From $7,750
Land Package: From $6,250

More details on pricing can be found at intricatebaylodge.com

Additional Activities:

On-Site Activities:

Fishing, fly-fishing lessons, skeet shooting, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, hot tubing and swimming.

Off-Site Activities:

Fishing, bear viewing, photography, rafting trip and hiking.


Travel to Iliamna, Alaska: Intricate Bay Lodge is located on the South shores of Lake Iliamna 18 miles southeast of the village of Iliamna and 215 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska.

The lodge sits just minutes from the world renowned Copper River and the first designated trophy trout region of Alaska. The lodge is just north of Katmai National Park and just south of Lake Clark National Park which allows easy access to famous freshwater fishing; float trips for fishing, wildlife and incredible scenery.

When traveling to Intricate Bay Lodge you must purchase commercial airfare from your home to Iliamna, Alaska (PAIL). The details of booking flights in and out of Iliamna will be provided when you make a reservation. The village of Iliamna is extremely remote there are no roads or water access, fly in only.

Guests living in the western half of the United States, may be able to travel from their city of origin to Iliamna in one day. The majority of our guests need a Saturday overnight stay in Anchorage. A list of suggested hotels and restaurants will be provided when you make a reservation.

Iliamna Airport has 4 paved runways the longest being over 5000ft. The airport offers parking for private aircraft and has jet fuel available.

We will meet you at the Iliamna Airport and provide transportation to the lake in our passenger van. The drive from the airport to the lake takes just a few minutes. Once at the lake we will load up in the floatplanes for a 20-minute flight across the lake.

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