King Salmon Lodge in Alaska provides the best fishing and overall experience for new and seasoned anglers looking for an authentic Alaskan experience.


King Salmon is where fish stories are made!

It’s a place where you will create lifetime memories with family, friends, colleagues, and strangers alike. Locally known as KSL, this all-inclusive lodge is located in Bristol Bay (a Southwestern region in Alaska) on the famous Naknek River and near Katmai National Park. Featuring a historic lodge, world-class fishing, and unparalleled bear viewing, this is a must-have on your bucket list for anglers and adventure travelers. We call this the Gateway to Alaska because it’s the perfect place to get a dose of everything this state has to offer. At a minimum, you can expect amazing fishing, spectacular scenery, and wild Alaskan Coastal Brown Bear viewing. But, you could also be delighted by wildlife sightings of beluga whales, moose, lynx, otters, foxes, bald eagles, arctic hare, and a multitude of migratory birds as well.

You can fish to your heart’s content with a customizable itinerary, meaning you can book as many days as you’d like because pricing is based per day. Or, you can swap any day of fishing out for a scenic floatplane tour of Katmai National Park, a landscape created by the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century. You’ll observe various wildlife, such as brown bears at Brooks Falls standing atop waterfalls and grabbing jumping salmon out of the air, along with a tour of the Valley of 10,000 Smokes, a valley filled with ashflow from the eruption of Novarupta in 1912, and more.

Acre for acre, nothing compares to the beauty you’ll experience here! The valley also protects 9,000 years of human history, is one of the best places in the world to study the power of volcanic eruptions, and is essential for the thriving ecosystem of Red Salmon and Brown Bears. Anglers, wildlife photographers, and outdoor enthusiasts alike will witness unforgettable sights; Bristol Bay is a dream come true!

The lodge at King Salmon has been providing unique and customized VIP experiences for over 30 years. You can expect stellar service, an immersive experience, and to vacation somewhere where you’ll feel excited by the passion of the knowledgeable crew, with an owner that genuinely cares about your experience and their willingness to share this special destination with you, so you can fall in love with the land and the animals, just as they have.

This lodge is literally on the Naknek River; Because of its location, you can look forward to stunning river views and a short trot to incredible fishing. King Salmon Lodge borders Katmai National Park and Preserve and is just a 15 min. floatplane ride into the park. This is a great spot if you’re looking for a remote destination, that still has modern-day amenities and is a preferred base camp, offering deluxe overnight accommodations, for your fishing, bear viewing, floatplane tours, helicopter tours, photo safaris, or kayaking adventures. 

Featuring 19 rooms in the lodge, 10 free-standing cabins, and a max capacity of 45 overnight guests, this is the destination venue for your individual, large group, or company needs. The lodge has a cocktail lounge, a gourmet restaurant open to the public (and nicknamed “the lodge” by locals in this small town), a riverside dining room, various common areas to relax, daily happy hour in the VIP lounge, an expansive outdoor deck, private rooms, conference rooms, meeting spaces that can accommodate up to 60 attendees, and a variety of in house services. 

Companies and large groups will appreciate the expansive space to hold their private meetings, conferences, special events, training seminars, retreats, and more. Upstairs, there is a separate VIP lounge that can be reserved for private events, for up to 25 people. The VIP lounge features high-end hosted services, a projector and automated video screen, and specialty food, wine, beer, and cocktails. Other in-house amenities include high-speed DSL, wifi, projectors, conference phone systems, an audio system, and wired and/or wireless headphones. 

“The Lodge” is a well-known local gourmet restaurant that has excellent food and spectacular views. Enjoy fireside cocktails, find a cozy place to sit and relax, visit with friends, or simply watch wildlife on the river. The Lodge is proud to serve freshly caught wild Alaskan salmon, along with various vegetables and herbs grown in their summer garden. Celebrity guest chefs, such as Joseph Keller, may be present and cooking your fresh catch of the day too!

The fishing here is truly epic and will be beyond your wildest imagination! Fish for five abundant species: Salmon (Coho, Chinook, & Sockeye), trophy Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char, Grayling, and Northern Pike. Our Gateway to Alaska package features fully guided fishing with customized fly-outs to various rivers, lakes, and streams, fishing on the Naknek directly out your front door, seasoned professional guides, fish packaging services, modern boats, fishing gear, and well-maintained dock systems. All guided trips include gear, equipment, and fish packaging. The best months to fish are June through September, with prime dates being mid-July to the first week of September; During this time, you can get in on the main part of the Coho run, the tail end of the Sockeye, and have an opportunity to fish for giant Rainbow Trout at the end of the season. 

Early season 

The trout opener is June 8th and you can fish for trout on the Naknek River and the Brooks River. You can also fish for King Salmon during this time by flying out to the Nushagak River. Be mindful that King Salmon are the hardest salmon to fish and they have the shortest season. If you’re looking for a challenge, consider booking your trip in the early spring and summer seasons. 

Summer season

This is the prime time for King Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Trout, and other freshwater species. You’ll fish the Naknek River and experience flyouts to various other rivers. Prime dates for King Salmon are June 24-July 31 and prime dates for Sockeye are June 25-July 15. During July, the Sockeye run heavily through the river systems and over 2 million fish swim inland. Experience excellent trout and freshwater fishing all summer long. 

Late summer

Later summer is considered August to Early September. Fish for Coho (Silver) Salmon, which are excellent on a fly (and excellent to fill your freezer with), on the Naknek River, and flyouts to various other rivers. During late summer, Can-Am UTV fishing adventures are also available; Ask our adventure consultants about an off-roading fishing experience! 

Fall Rainbow Fly Fishing

September to October is the perfect time for Rainbow Trout fly fishing when they’re getting fat feeding on the salmon. You’ll fish for the biggest and best Rainbows on the Naknek River and various others by access via plane. 

Ultimately, the fishing on this adventure is nothing short of amazing, is the pinnacle of fishing in Alaska, and there are prime locations for both conventional and fly fishermen alike. At different times of the season, you’ll land different types of fish. And if you’re an angler that likes to fill the freezer, you can bring your fish home with included fish processing services.

The lodge (2) is located one mile from the King Salmon Airport (2), where daily 737 jet services make travel arrangements convenient for any group size. King Salmon Airport (AKN) is easily accessible and has a control tower, all-weather precision instrument approach, full category 1 capabilities, no terrain, and a 9,000-foot runway that can accommodate a jet-driven aircraft of any size. With free and secure aircraft parking, FOB services, and shuttle transportation to and from the airport, this is a convenient destination for you to fly in or for companies bringing their own aircraft.

If you don’t have an airplane, you can rely on domestic travel via Alaska Airlines. Alaska is the best choice for flying in and has direct flight options to AKN (King Salmon Airport). Alternatively, fly to Anchorage and then King Salmon. Ravn Alaska is another airline to consider when booking. Typically one flight will be available in the morning and one in the evening. Usually, guests will take an evening flight in and utilize the morning flight for departing home.


(1) King Salmon Airport (AKN)

(2) King Salmon Lodge

Like our other trips in the Northwest, Alaska’s weather and temperature are ever-changing. A proper layering system is vital for comfortability. If you need help packing a mindful layering system, ask our team of adventure consultants that are well-versed in all season fishing. Come to Alaska with the right state of mind, expect the worst, hope for the best, and bring bug spray (there’s a lot of bugs here)!


  • Lodging
  • Guided fishing on the Naknek River
  • Gear & equipment
  • Fish processing and packaging
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Boxed lunches
  • Dining from “The Lodge” restaurant menu
  • Alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks
  • Optional Trip Duration (3-5 days is recommended)
  • Access to Multiple Bodies of Water
  • Professional guides with years of experience
  • Shuttle to and from airport


  • Party supplies (Anchorage has liquor stores and dispensaries)
  • Snacks (for the boat, your candy cravings, etc.)
  • Flights to other fishing areas besides the Naknek River

All guided fishing and lodging packages are set at a rate of $895 per day. A day of guided fishing can be substituted for a fly-out to Brooks Lodge, where you can enjoy bear viewing in Katmai National Park. Please keep in mind that all floatplane fly-outs are an additional charge, depending on flight time and planes can carry 3-6 guests.

If you have a large group, you can book the entire lodge for $1,000 per person per day; There is a 19-guest minimum and every guest booked after 19 will be $500 per day, with a total capacity of 47, with a 3-night minimum stay. 19 rooms is the minimum to book out the lodge and there are 29 rooms total.


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