Bristol Bay Lodge, AK

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Bristol Bay, Alaska

Bristol Bay Lodge, AK

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Historic Bristol Bay Lodge was founded in 1972, and for 45 seasons has provided generations of sportsmen and their families with legendary fishing and the classic Alaskan fly-out experience. Located in Alaska's pristine WoodTikchik State Park, and just minutes by floatplane from the rugged Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, Bristol Bay Lodge is surrounded by unspoiled wilderness. A thoughtful and well-designed fishing program incorporates the world-famous Agulowak River, just a short boat ride from the lodge, with daily fly-outs and two separate overnight camps located on remote and private water. The unique combination of an exceptional location and nearly five decades of experience provides anglers with unparalleled opportunities to catch rainbow trout, arctic grayling, dolly varden, arctic char, northern pike, and all five species of Pacific salmon.

Catering to up to 26 guests per week who desire the finest freshwater angling available, the lodge's well-appointed facility offers casually elegant wilderness living filled with creature comforts and an atmosphere of camaraderie. The main lodge houses our completely equipped professional kitchen, the dining room, our large living room with bar area, the library and a huge fly tying bench laden with everything one needs to tie quality flies suited to the surrounding rivers. The famous see-through fireplace is fronted by a panoramic view of Lake Aleknagik.

We have eight bedrooms in the main lodge as well as a fully equipped fly and tackle shop. Our guests can arrive with nothing but a waterproof jacket and be fully outfitted. In warm weather the lodge's decks are the favorite gathering places for appetizers, cocktails and weekly barbecues. The hot tub and sauna get lots of use after fishing - relaxing sore muscles. Set around the lodge, but private in every regard, are four cedar cabins, often used for small groups or families. Each cabin is different offering its own character, yet all offer scenic views of Lake Aleknagik, slightly fragrant with the scent of cedar as you would expect of true wilderness cabins.

Although we believe Bristol Bay Lodge to be among the finest, if not the finest, Alaskan lodges, there is no question that is a claim that could be made by others. Equally, there can be no argument that Alaska has some of the finest and most productive fishing on the planet; we are lucky enough to enjoy a piece of it. Where we are totally unique is in providing the opportunity for our guests to enjoy two intimate, comfortable (recently upgraded) outpost camps on what amounts to very rare private water. Imagine just four guests, or six from time to time if an intact group, enjoying the comfort of a private camp on private water with incredible fishing. You can fish all night under the midnight sun or just enjoy sitting around the campfire in the middle of nowhere but with a full staff and full communications in case of emergency. It does not get better than this and this is what Bristol Bay Lodge, with its international experience in remote operations, do best. Guests fish other rivers during the day, rotate into one of the outpost camps at about 5 pm, spend 24 hours there, then return to the lodge the following evening.

Bristol Bay Lodge maintains exclusive leases on the two most exceptional river fisheries in all of the Bristol Bay Region. Northwest of the lodge is Birch Creek Camp. Directly west of the lodge is Rainbo Camp, located on the tidewater/confluence of two exceptional rivers. This overnight experience is often what is remembered as one of the highlights in a trip of a lifetime.

To describe these outpost camps as just "great fishing" would be to ignore what is possibly the best overall wilderness experience in Alaska today. Picture yourself witnessing phenomenal scenery and wildlife below as you come in to land on the pond that services the camp facilities. Once landed, your guides will take hold of the airplane's guide ropes and smoothly tail it up on shore. You unload and spend a few minutes chatting with the outgoing group about the spectacular fishing they have experienced just that day. You take a moment to look around at the stunning beauty and the serenity inherent in all of remote Alaska, then continue to the camp thinking about the amazing fishing you have already experienced that day while day dreaming about the fishing to come. You turn just in time to see the pilot lift off the water, bank and turn away from you and across a cloudless blue sky; the smile on your face is one of anticipation. You arrive at the intimate camp perched on the banks of the river and begin to chat with the guides who already are planning your next fishing adventure.

Both camps have fixed beds with fresh linens warm full sized sleeping bags, fleece liners, heaters, running water, and full service lavatory. Each camp also has three guests tents that accommodate two fishermen per tent, as well as a main cook tent that is used for serving breakfast and dinner plus a central meeting place for sharing fishing stories, often filled the scene of laughter well into the night. Both camps are staffed with two experienced guides as well as a camp chef to take care of all of your needs.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Bristol Bay Lodge is Alaska's premier world-class wilderness fishing lodge. Strategically located in the heart of America's largest state park, Bristol Bay Lodge has the distinct advantage of being utterly surrounded by pristine wilderness. The lodge's proximity to the watersheds within Wood-TikChik Park and Togiak National Wildlife Refuge means more fishing and less travel time, with flights averaging only 30 minutes. Abundant home water fishing is also minutes from the lodge. Just a short boat ride from the lodge's front door is the world-famous Agulowak River, celebrated for its productive fishing for rainbows, grayling, char, dolly varden, and sockeye salmon.

Date & Rate Range

Weekly Rate:
Total trip is $10,250.00 per person including private charter.

Short weeks:
3.5 day packages or 3.0 day packages when available for 2018.
Saturday to Tuesday evening 3.5 days $5,300.00
Tuesday through Saturday morning 3.0 days $4,500.00

Family weeks:
Family rates for adults $10,250.00 children at the 50% rate of $5,125.00
Family weeks for 2019: June 15th - June 22rd, 2019; Sat July 20th - 27th, 2019

Travel for 2018:
Bristol Bay Lodge has arranged Air charter flights when appropriate for our guests needs for 2018. These flights will be arranged by Bristol Bay Lodge. This will allow us to have better control of flights inbound to Dillingham and outbound Back to Anchorage. We are very excited to offer this to our BBL guests for 2018.

What is Provided to Customer

Bristol Bay Lodge Package includes:

  • Fishing license and King Stamp
  • Fly-outs from lodge
  • US Coast Guard and ADF&G licensed guide
  • After dinner fishing (daylight permitting)
  • all necessary lines and lures
  • all waders, boots, rods and reels
  • professional vacuum sealing and preparation of salmon for shipping home
  • Airline approved wet-lock fish box
  • Meals beverages

Items not included:

  • Purchases from Gift Shop
  • Gratuities for staff

Itinerary

Sample of Typical Trip

After spending an evening at the lodge, you will depart for one of two fishing destinations that will later involve an overnight experience at one of BBL’s two outpost camps. Spending the first day fishing one location, you will then be transferred by plane to either Birch or Rainbo Camp. Planes and passengers depart the lodge at 7:45 am to either the Togiak or Kemuk for the day. Between 4 and 4:30 pm (pilots will determine exact departure time) guests will be transferred to one of the overnight outpost camps. Upon arrival at Birch or Rainbo Camp, you will be greeted by a permanent staff consisting of two guides and a cook who will offer you a light snack and beverages. Dinner is typically served at 7 pm, allowing for several hours of fishing time before dinner if you are so inclined. After a meal served in the dining tent, guests can enjoy some time to relax or make a few last casts on the river that runs only yards in front of camp.

Lodging

Lodging & Accommodations

Catering to up to 26 guests per week who desire the finest freshwater angling available, the lodge’s well-appointed facility offers casually elegant wilderness living filled with creature comforts and an atmosphere of camaraderie. The main lodge houses our completely equipped professional kitchen, the dining room, our large living room with bar area, the library and a huge fly tying bench laden with everything one needs to tie quality flies suited to the surrounding rivers. The famous see-through fireplace is fronted by a panoramic view of Lake Aleknagik.

We have eight bedrooms in the main lodge as well as a fully equipped fly and tackle shop. Our guests can arrive with nothing but a waterproof jacket and be fully outfitted. In warm weather the lodge’s decks are the favorite gathering places for appetizers, cocktails and weekly barbecues. The hot tub and sauna get lots of use after fishing – relaxing sore muscles. Set around the lodge, but private in every regard, are four cedar cabins, often used for small groups or families. Each cabin is different offering its own character, yet all offer scenic views of Lake Aleknagik, slightly fragrant with the scent of cedar as you would expect of true wilderness cabins.

Species

Species you Fish for by Season

The fish runs begin at Bristol Bay Lodge after ice-out in mid-May, and excellent fishing is possible until ice fills your rod guides in late October. The resident freshwater fish, rainbow trout, arctic char, dolly varden, lake trout and northern pike -- are available all season long. The salmon return to the rivers of their birth to spawn and die at varying times during the summer beginning with the chinook (king) and the chum (dog) in June, the sockeye (red) and the pink (humpy) in July, and the coho (silver) in August. The anadromous dolly varden run in our rivers in June, July, August and September. Twelve species of fish either inhabit the waters or return here to spawn, making the Wood-TikChik/Togiak area a true angler’s paradise with good, reliable fishing at all times during the season. The salmon are normally running fresh for 5- to 6-week periods, making it possible to fish for more than one anadromous species during many weeks of the season.

Gear

What Should Customers Bring

PRE-TRIP CHECKLIST

  • Important Personal Items/Clothing/Miscellaneous
  • Airline tickets
  • Trip itinerary with contact numbers, important personal contacts and phone numbers.
  • Medications
  • Cash
  • Traveler’s checks, credit cards, checkbook — it is wise to carry as few credit cards or personal blank checks with you as possible. Take only those you know you will need.
  • Shoes — comfortable waterproof boots (muddy conditions can exist around camp). We recommend wearing rubber-soled boots on the days you fly to/from the lodge to accommodate the notoriously muddy parking lots in Dillingham and to comfortably negotiate getting aboard the boats and float planes.
  • Slacks/pants — 2 or 3 pairs
  • Heavy-weight wool or poly-blend socks
  • Light/mid-weight long underwear tops and bottoms — at least two pairs polypropylene or capilene
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Sweater and/or pullover
  • Raingear (high quality!)
  • Fishing hat — bring two, one for warmer days and one with ear flaps
  • Neoprene or knitted wool fingerless fishing gloves
  • Wading boots — felt-soled but no cleats! (comfort and ankle support key considerations)
  • Waders — breathable stocking-foot models
  • Waterproof gear bag
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellentBenadryl or calamine lotion
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Camera — waterproof bag, camera body/lens/film, polarizing filter, lens tissue and cleaner, flash attachment; start with fresh batteries and take an extra set.
  • Flashlight (if traveling in September)
  • Batteries

FOR FLY FISHERMEN ONLY

Rods and reels — A stiff/fast action, 9-foot, 5- or 6-weight rod matched with a fly reel capable of holding at least 150 yards of backing for trout, grayling and char. For salmon, a 9-foot, 7- or 8-weight rod matched with a reel holding at least 200-yards of backing. “King” fishermen should bring a 9-foot, 9-weight rod matched with a reel holding at least 250 yards of backing.

Fly lines — Weight-forward full floating lines are recommended for trout, char, and grayling fishing. Should you wish to buy sink-tip lines prior to your trip, make sure to consult us for water condition specifics.

Flies — We recommend that you buy flies at camp if possible.

Leader material — Leaders and tippet should be purchased at the lodge

Reel covers — reels can get banged up in transport

Forceps

Fly-tying equipment — We have a fully equipped tying bench available.

Split shot or lead putty

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Reservations
We require a deposit of 50% per person to confirm a reservation. The balance of payment is due 60 days prior to arrival. Payments are fully refundable only if the space in question can be fully filled by another party prior to 60 days before arrival. At that time, space will be offered at the remaining balance price and the original deposit will be forfeited.

Traveling to Bristol Bay Lodge
If your reservation at the lodge is a Saturday-to-Saturday stay, you need to be in Anchorage on Friday in order to make the departing flight to Dillingham on Saturday morning. If your reservation for the lodge is Monday to Monday, you must be in Anchorage by Sunday in order to make the departing flight to Dillingham on Monday morning. This is a must for both domestic and international guests. It is imperative that you are on the following flights detailed below in order to connect with the scheduled transfers to and from the lodge on your days of arrival and departure. Both Saturday-to-Saturday and Monday-to-Monday bookings should be on these flights:

En Route to the lodge – Alaska Airlines flight #261 (operated by PenAir)
Departs Anchorage at 8:15 am and arrives Dillingham at 9:45 am

Departing the lodge – Alaska Airlines flight #262 (operated by PenAir)
Departs Dillingham at 10:15 am and arrives Anchorage at 11:45 am

Please Note:
Reservations at Bristol Bay Lodge will not be fully confirmed until these flights are booked. Sorry, no exceptions can be made.

Flights will book up fast. We suggest that you contact PenAir at 1-800-448-4226 and ask about their special sportfishing fare which has no restrictions. Be sure to mention that you are fishing with Bristol Bay Lodge because the lodge holds group space with PenAir.

Upon arrival in the port city of Dillingham, you will be greeted by Bristol Bay Lodge staff. At the airport it is required that you claim your luggage which will be loaded and accounted for prior to departing for the lodge. Bristol Bay Lodge is roughly 35 miles inland. Guests are transported down the lake road (40 minutes - roughly 20 miles), then board large covered boats for the stunning ride up Lake Aleknagik to the lodge. Upon arrival you will be escorted to the main lodge where you will be offered lunch. Afterward there will be an orientation, following which, you will be shown to your room or cabin. Every guest will have the opportunity to go fishing on his or her arrival day.

Reviews

Bristol Bay Lodge
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge
Steve Laurent
Bristol Bay, Alaska

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