MISSION LODGE - ALASKA

 

MISSION LODGE - ALASKA

Located on the banks of picturesque Aleknagik Lake near Dillingham, Mission Lodge is hands-down one of the nicest, best-run operations in Alaska. In a region that is loaded with fishing options, Mission’s fishing program covers an area up to 120 miles in every direction with the daily use of three DeHavilland Beaver float planes. (Daily fly-out’s are included in all weekly packages). Guest rooms at the lodge are spacious and comfortable, and the bar area, dining room, and common areas are exactly what you would expect from a high-end Alaska lodge. Meals are prepared by a well-trained and experienced kitchen staff, and the menu may include entrees such as you would find in the finest restaurants in any large city. Mission Lodge has been serving guests since 1984, and their attention to detail has set the standard for all Alaskan lodges.

Typical Length of Stay

A standard package at Mission Lodge is a six fishing day / seven night package. Trips of other lengths may be accommodated based on availability. Please contact Yellow Dog for details.

Accommodations and Lodging

Mission Lodge AccommodationThe facilities at Mission are beautiful. All of the guests rooms are spacious and comfortable, and the bar area, dining room and common areas are spacious and comfortable. When it comes to amenities, guest comfort, and customer service, the owner, managers and staff of Mission truly leave no stone unturned. Mission Lodge has been serving guests since 1984, and their attention to detail has set the standard that others throughout Alaska try to attain. The lodge offers wireless internet access as well as a guest computer station. There is also a billiards room, a fully stocked bar area (with all drinks included) and a full fly shop. It is important to mention that all rooms at Mission Lodge are single or couple occupancy. There is no single supplement charge for a single room. Community bathrooms and showers are located on each floor. Private suites with private bathrooms can be arranged for couples or individuals, if requested in advance.

Food and Beverages

All of the meals at Mission Lodge are prepared by a world-class kitchen staff, and the dinner menu may include entrees such as you would find in the finest restaurants in any U.S. city. Lunches will be pre-packed, or – if you really want a true Alaskan experience – can include a shore lunch of fresh cooked fish. Dinner entrees include everything from fresh seafood to thick, juicy steaks.

Fishing Information

Big Alaskan SilverThe Bristol Bay region has the largest salmon runs in the world, and the sheer numbers of fish that this area supports is mind-boggling. Depending on the time of the season that you fish this particular region, you can find all five species of Pacific salmon (Kings, silvers, sockeyes, chums and pinks) along with trophy rainbow trout, dolly varden, arctic char, arctic grayling, northern pike, lake trout and sheefish. Over the course of a standard week, you can expect to fish a great variety of waters, from small creeks and streams to large rivers. Because the lodge maintains outpost camps with boats scattered throughout the region, and because of the variety of waters accessed and exclusive use permits held by Mission (including the Upper Togiak refuge) you will have daily access to the best fishing the region has to offer. Each day of fishing is based solely on the desire of the anglers, and your daily fishing itinerary is decided and discussed the evening before with the lodge's outstanding guide staff. A typical day of fishing at the lodge consists of a departure around 8:00 AM and a return time around 6:00 PM. These times can change on either end, however, as your schedule is completely up to you and your group.

Speaking of the lodge's guide staff, we can tell you that Mission's crew is among the very finest we have found in Alaska. In an area that typically sees a high degree of seasonal turnover, it is not unusual for Mission's guides to be back at the lodge for their seventh, eight, or even tenth year. The guys are true professionals that know the area and know how to cater to anglers of all levels and abilities.

Boats and Equipment

Three DeHavilland Beavers on floats provide fishing access throughout the region. The lodge also utilizes a large fleet of aluminum boats equipped with Yamaha jet motors - some based at the lodge itself, and many others strategically scattered throughout the region on numerous rivers. The lodge proivides all gear and equipment, including rods, reels, wading boots, flies and all terminal tackle. Guests are welcome to bring their own gear if they choose.

** Alaska is now enforcing a ban on felt-soled wading boots to help prevent the spread of potential waterborne parasites and diseases. Please keep this in mind while planning for your trip.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Breathtaking SunsetFor non-anglers, the lodge offers a variety of activities including scenic flights, wildlife viewing, boat tours, and seasonal bird hunting. The lodge staff is fantastic about accommodating non-anglers and family members.

This area of Alaska abounds with wildlife. Mission guests frequently have photo opportunities that can easily create "pictures of a lifetime." From special trips to view and photograph the famous “Brooks Bears” to a rare view of hundreds of Walrus living on remote St. Paul Island. Every week, chances are good that you'll see Caribou roaming the Mulchatna, Nuyakuk, and Nushagak river drainages. Caribou travel hundreds of miles each year in their migration to and from their calving grounds.

How To Get There

Your trip starts upon arrival in Anchorage, Alaska. Several major airlines serve Alaska from the lower 48 with connections direct to Anchorage. From Anchorage you will fly to Dillingham, Alaska, where you will be met by a lodge representative upon arrival. Dillingham is serviced by Alaska Airlines and Pen Air.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Guests overnight in Anchorage the day before your trip begins and connect to Dillingham the following morning. Connections can be made through Alaska Airlines or Pen Air. Arrival time into Dillingham should be after 12:00 PM. It is recommended that guests arrive after 12:00 pm on the day of arrival and depart before 12:00 pm on day of departure. Fridays are non-fishing days with casting clinics provided upon arrival if desired.

2013 Rates / Package Costs

Price listed here is per person. Trips of other lengths of stay may be arranged based upon availability. Please contact Yellow Dog for custom package pricing.

Per week (Friday to Friday) -------------------------------------------------------------------- $7,700.00

Rate does not include a 5% Aleknagik City tax. Also, packages may be assesed a fuel surcharge depending on the market.

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • Round-trip transportation from Dillingham to the lodge
  • All accommodations at Mission Lodge
  • All meals
  • Daily guided fly-out fishing (all daily fly-outs weather permitting)
  • All fishing tackle, flies, lures, tippet, and use of waders, boots, rods and reels (if needed)
  • Open bar and all alcoholic beverages

What's Not Included

  • Airfare from original destination to Dillingham, Alaska
  • Alaskan fishing license
  • 5% Aleknagik City tax
  • Lodging and meals while in Anchorage
  • Items purchased at lodge gift shop
  • Massage services
  • Gratuities for staff and guides

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or info@yellowdogflyfishing.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

While the pure beauty of Southwest Alaska is reason enough to visit here, to avid anglers the world over, the Bristol Bay area is synonymous with world class sport fishing. Starting in June and running all the way through to September, this region is teaming with all five species of Pacific salmon, rainbow trout, arctic char, Dolly Varden, arctic grayling, lake trout, and northern pike. From trophy rainbows to tackle-busting Kings, Mission Lodge is ideally located to fulfill every angling scenario.

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