At the end of the road, at the end of the world, on the banks of the famous Naknek River sits Rapids Camp Lodge. This area is the gateway to the Bristol Bay watershed and Katmai National Park, and no one offers you the level of access and availability to this region like Rapids Camp Lodge. Rapids Camp has an impressive fleet of airplanes, and through daily fly-outs to some of the most famous waters in the region, they deliver the “total package” – world-class salmon fishing, trophy rainbows, and a totally unique saltwater program. The lodge can accommodate 16 guests per week, and amenities include a workout facility, library, full bar, wireless internet, and satellite TV. All in all, Rapids Camp provides everything you need for a first-rate Alaskan adventure, including the finest equipment, a full line-up of float planes, modern jet boats, and some of the most professional guides in all of Alaska.

Typical Length of Stay

Standard week-long trips at Rapids Camp are 7 night / 6 fishing day packages, from Friday to Friday. Shorter three or four day trips can occasionally be booked when space is available. Please call Yellow Dog for available weeks.

Accommodations and Lodging

Rapids Camp LodgeInviting and friendly, comfortable and private, the lodge is situated on ten acres of riverfront property directly on the banks of the Naknek River. The main lodge can accommodate a total of 16 guests per week in the lodge. There area eight spacious, double occupancy rooms, each featuring a private bathroom. Amenities include a workout facility, quiet reading room, beer and wine bar, high-speed wireless Internet, and satellite television. They also have the 2-bedroom "House on the Hill" that can accommodate an additional four people with one queen bed, two twins, and a full size sleeper-sofa. (Perfect for a family or small group of friends.)

The main "social area" of the lodge is the lounge, bar, and common area, which was renovated and expanded significantly in 2011. This area is the epicenter of social activity at the lodge, where guests gather to enjoy a drink from the bar, talk about their day of fishing, relax on several over-sized couches, and play shuffleboard and other games. There is also a screened-in porch area attached to the great room. Rapids Camp Lodge keeps a full-time masseuse on site, and massages are available (at an extra cost) throughout the week.

Food and Beverages

The meals at Rapids Camp Lodge are delicious. Two chefs prepare everything, from fresh salmon to succulent steaks. Before dinner, hors d'oeuvres and drinks are served. Fresh pastries, homemade bread, rolls and other baked goods complement your meals. You can also place special orders if you have any specific dietary or menu requests. Packed cooler lunches are prepared for your day on the water, or you can request a shore lunch, where your guide will prepare fresh fish streamside (wildlife permitting). These lunches include fresh fish, fresh fruit, baked goods, and wine, complete with a red and white-checkered tablecloth.

Fishing Information

Rapids Camp Lodge RainbowBristol Bay is located in the Bering Sea on the Southwest side of Alaska. The Bristol Bay watershed is home to pristine wilderness, majestic views, enormous rainbow trout, five species of Pacific salmon, and numerous other fish species, as well as the second largest national park in the United States. Katmai National Park is 4.2 million acres of virtually untouched wilderness where you can find moose, caribou, wolves, eagles and, of course, the Alaskan brown bear. Bristol Bay fly fishing is some of the best fishing in the United States, due to the fact that during the summer months the fish populations number in the millions. And the best way to experience the diverse fishing experience is to use a guide or lodge like Rapids Camp that has daily fly-out charter fishing.

The salmon fishing is what many fishermen come to Alaska for, and one of the lodge's favorite things to do is expose fishermen to all five species of Alaskan salmon. The Nushagak River is home to the world's largest King salmon. During the peak of the season, 120,000 to 200,000 King's come up the river per month. Sometimes there will be as many as 20,000 on one tide alone. Rapids Camp Lodge has an out-camp at the "Nush" on Millionaire's Bluff, one of the best spots on the river. There, they keep three jet boats and have a permanent guide who spends the season scouting the river for the best fishing.

As far as the fishing for rainbow trout, Fish Alaska Magazine chose the Naknek River as the "#1 Trophy Rainbow River in Alaska." The Rapids section, which is right in front of Rapids Camp Lodge, is the premier spot to fish the river for big rainbows. Whether you want to wade fish on your own or utilize a guide and jet boat, the fishing for trophy rainbows is plentiful. Guests can also enjoy a scenic boat ride upstream to Lake Camp, where beautiful rainbows fresh from the lake can be caught.

One of our more unique trips offered at Rapids Camp Lodge revolves around the Halibut fishing in the saltwater. The lodge has two special boats perfect for fishing Kodiak Island or Geographic Harbor. Guests can enjoy the full spectrum of a fishing experience by heading out into Larsen Bay and catching fresh Herring to use as Halibut bait for the day. After you catch the Herring, the guides will take you out to sea for a full day of deep sea fishing. Every cast brings up a surprise - everything from large Halibut, starfish, rockfish, and even fresh salmon. At Geographic Harbor you will experience one of the most beautiful scenes in all the world, with wildlife viewing, bears, sea lions, whales, porpoises and 100 pound-plus Halibut caught on a regular basis.

Boats and Equipment

Rapids Camp EquipmentRapids Camp Lodge provides everything you need for the fly fishing trip of a lifetime, including rods, reels, tackle and waders. They also utilize a fleet of de Havilland Beaver and Otter float planes, modern jetboats, and the very best guides in Alaska! If you want to travel light, all fishing equipment can easily be provided by the lodge, including rods and reels, flies and lures, waders and wading boots. (Please bring your own equipment if you prefer, and please write your name on or mark anything you bring with you. Spiked wading boots are neither permitted nor needed.)

Air transportation is of the utmost importance when experiencing what Alaska has to offer. That is why Rapids Camp Lodge has some of the best bush planes in the world. The lodge's fleet currently consists of four planes, including a completely restored de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver on tundra tires, two de Havilland DHC-2 Beavers on floats, and a de Havilland DHC-3 Otter (one of 26 planes in the world that has been retro-fitted with a 1000hp Garret Turbine engine to increase performance and range).

** 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

For non-anglers, the lodge offers a variety of other activities including scenic flights, boat tours, glaciers, volcanoes, wildlife viewing, clam digging, Halibut fishing, eco-tourism and more. The lodge staff is fantastic about accommodating non-anglers and family members, and will ensure that everyone in the group has plenty to do each day.

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 there, you will fly to King Salmon, Alaska.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

It is recommended that guests overnight in Anchorage the day before your trip begins, and connect to King Salmon the following morning. The flight from Anchorage to King Salmon in included in standard Rapids Camp packages. Once you arrive at the King Salmon airport, you will be met by a representative from Rapids Camp and transported to the lodge. Standard week package trips are ran Friday-Friday, with 4 night trips beginning on Monday and ending on Friday.

2013 Fishing Package Rates

All Prices are per person. ** The roundtrip flight between Anchorage and King Salmon is included in the package rates listed below!

Length of Stay Fly Outs
7 Night / 6 Fishing Days 6 $8,195
4 Night / 3.5 Fishing Days 3 $6,195

* 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

  • Airfare between Anchorage and King Salmon
  • Transportation from King Salmon Airport to the lodge
  • All accommodations at Rapids Camp
  • All meals at lodge
  • All beverages, beer, wine, sodas and snacks
  • Daily guide service
  • Use of all boats and fishing equipment including rods and reels, flies and lures, waders, and wading boots
  • Daily fly outs (weather-permitting)
  • Cleaning, boxing, and freezing of your fish for shipment home (Due to conservation efforts, Rapids Camp only allows a MAXIMUM OF 50 LBS. OF FISH PER PERSON to take home, regardless of limits or catch.)

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from Anchorage, Alaska
  • Fishing licenses (available at the lodge or online)
  • Liquor and hard alcohol (available at the bar for sale or feel free to bring your own)
  • Message and spa services
  • Gratuities for guides and lodge staff

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

Should you require harder spirits than beer or wine, there is a liquor store in the nearby town of King Salmon. It is important to note, however, that everything has to be shipped in via barge or air, so many items are more expensive than in the “lower 48”, especially cigarettes and liquor. You may want to consider bringing these types of items with you, or consider mailing them up to the lodge before your trip.

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