$6,895 Per Person Per Week
The Aniak River has been a well-kept secret and is a most "unique and technical river" located 318 miles WNW of Anchorage. It flows with the typical Alaska diversity with approximately 11 species of fish. Depending on the week of your stay, you should see somewhere around 7 and 10 species of fish available for your angling pleasure. The Aniak provides all 5 species of Pacific Salmon, Leopard Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char, Grayling, Sheefish, and Northern Pike. A great highlight to this expedition is that Aniak River Lodge is the only major Lodge on the Aniak River system.
Aniak River Lodge caters to small fly fishing groups who travel the world to renowned fly destinations. The river is an especially good fishery for mousing large Alaska rainbow trout. Certain weeks are more suited for mousing than others. Your day starts when you are ready to get on the water. We access our fishing using jet boats. Fish from the boat, or get out and wade if you like. There are many braids to explore and smaller tributaries to fish.
Aniak River Lodge encourages catch-and-release fishing at all times. In the event that you wish to pack your legal limit of salmon to take home, they are prepared to process, vacuum-seal, and freeze pack up to 50 lbs. of your allowed catches to escort you home.
In July of 2020 the Original Aniak River lodge was leveled to the ground by fire. The decision to rebuild for the 2021 season was made immediately and efforts to begin the task were underway within the first week . The lodge decided to follow the traditional “ safari tent” concept that has been embraced throughout our travels in Africa. The tent are tough durable skins atop of raised wooden platforms. Tents are for double occupancy and designed with en suite bathrooms in each unit. Bathrooms have hot water showers and flushing toilets. Tents are bug proofed with screens and nets. The dining hall and kitchen are housed in a similar fashion. The new electrical grid is based on a 12 volt system with generator backup when solar is not available. The new location is now referred to as the Aniak River glamp.
At Aniak river lodge, they limit the number of guests to 14 per week. This is based on double-occupancy at the lodge and at the tent camp. In order to maintain the secluded and isolated nature of our trip, the lodge will never increase the number of guests that they host each week. This no-frills lodge is built for comfort and ambiance. Whether you are relaxing in a deep leather couch around the fireplace or lazing on the deck overlooking the river, the main lodge is the perfect place to end the day before dinner is served. The lodge has seven double cabins that each has its own private bathroom. If you prefer your solitude you can hang out on your own deck connected to the boardwalk that takes you to the main lodge.
The tent camp is a remote, rustic experience that everybody enjoys. The camp hosts seven elevated weather ports with beds and mosquito nets to ensure a comfortable stay. Each tent sleeps two guests. The main tent is a big hall the has a lounge area and the main dinning room. The tent camp has shared bathrooms and toilets with hot showers and flushing compost toilets. The tent camp embraces the Alaskan bush experience in every way. Many, many hours are spent around the fire pit sipping cocktails and telling stories.
The meals at Aniak River Lodge are as hearty as the fish stories. The breakfasts can include all the American classics – bacon, eggs, toast, cereal, hash browns, etc. Lunch during your fishing day will consist of fresh caught fish, hot soup, deluxe sandwiches, or other warm items prepared by your guide. Shore lunches often include grilled or pan-fried Salmon, potatoes, onions, an additional veggie, soda/water, cookies, or candy snacks. For dinner, the Aniak River Lodge executive Chef will prepare a combination of various meats and seafood, including a special week-ending feast.
Arrival into Anchorage is always on Friday, with the overnight spent there at one of the many fine hotel options. The following day you will need to fly to Aniak, Alaska via commerical flight. The lodge staff will meet you at the Aniak terminal and drive you to their base lodge in town to get oriented. That day, you will fish your way up river to Aniak River Lodge's newly built mid-river lodge. The procedure is reversed on your day of departure, with guests flying back to Anchorage from Aniak the following Saturday.
$6,895 Per Person
• All meals and lodging
• 6-days guided fishing
• USCG licensed guides and jet boats
• Pick-up and transfer from the Aniak Airport
• Daily housekeeping service
• Non-alcoholic beverages