Starting at $7,995 Per Person
River Lodge | Wilderness Lodge
Goodnew River, Alaska
Goodnews River Lodge is the only full service lodge located on the Goodnews River, a three branch wilderness river system located about 450 miles southwest of Anchorage. It sits at the edge of the Togiak National Wilderness Reserve and flows into the Bering Sea.
The Goodnews River boasts outstanding runs of all 5 species of Pacific salmon, sea run Dolly Varden, resident Leopard Rainbows and Arctic Grayling. The lodge is a fixed camp right on the river just above tidewater. Their fleet of high speed jet boats gives them access to 490 miles of river, creeks, braids and sloughs. Guests can choose to fish one of the three main river branches, the tidal waters, or to wade the feeder creeks.
The lodge provides one guide per two anglers. Your guides are assigned each evening after dinner for the next day’s fishing. This gives you and your guide a chance to discuss what species you want to target for the next day. Guides are rotated daily which affords guests the opportunity to experience many different parts of the river, as each guide has their favorite fishing spots and techniques.
Goodnews River Lodge consists of a main dining hall with commercial kitchen, a bath house with flushing toilets and shower area, a drying room, a recreation hall, and newly completed guest lodging. Guests stay in double occupancy tents/cabins which include their own shower, sink, and toilet. The accommodations are cozy with carpeted hardwood floors, thermostat controlled propane heat, electric and propane lighting, extra long mattresses, flannel sheets, and thick comforters. Each unit also has an elevated front porch overlooking the river.
Guests can expect to eat well while at Goodnews River Lodge. Meals are hearty with breakfasts including the classics like pancakes, french toast, bacon, sausage, fresh baked muffins and bread, hash browns, quiches, hot and cold cereals, fruits, and eggs to order. Lunches are packed by guests from the Lunch Bar. Create your own sandwich or wrap and throw in a variety of snacks and beverages. Guides will bring along hot drinks and water for the day. Hot soup is always available at the lodge, and your guide can prepare a shore lunch if you desire.
Nightly, the executive chef prepares appetizers ranging from salmon tempura to bacon wrapped cheese and Alaskan style sushi. Dinner is to follow, and main courses can include salmon wellington, prime rib, blackened halibut and buffet style BBQ. Delicious pastries, tarts, fruit sorbet and combinations of ice cream and brownies or chocolate chip cookies complete the meal.
Catch the 10 am TransNorthern Air charter flight from Ted Stevens International Airport and enjoy the 2 hour flight to Goodnews Bay. Take a 20 minute boat ride to the lodge. Eat lunch and prepare to head out fishing for half a day.
Full days of guided fishing on the Goodnews River and surrounding creeks. Breakfast is at 7am, and you will be back at the lodge each day in time to shower and relax before dinner.
Pack up and leave the lodge. Arrive back to Anchorage at 3 pm.
The Goodnews River Lodge is located in a remote corner of southwest Alaska and is not served by commercial airline flights. Because of the remote location, all guests will be transported via private charter operated by TransNorthern Aviation direct from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport to Goodnews Bay.
Flight check in time is 9:00 A.M. Your name will be on the manifest for the Goodnews River Lodge flight at the gate. You do not need a ticket to board the flight, nor do you need to go to any ticket counter. The gate attendant will check you in and weigh your baggage. Baggage is limited to 50lbs plus a 10lb carry on. (Baggage weight over the limit may be assessed an additional charge.) A current departure time will be provided by the gate attendant. Normal departure time (weather permitting) is 10:00am, with arrival at Goodnews Bay estimated at noon. A 20 minute boat ride upriver takes you directly to the lodge.
$7,995 - $8,995 (Depending on week)