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In rare instances, geology and ecology come together to create ecosystems that are truly extraordinary. The interior of Alaska’s Bristol Bay region is one of those places, and it is home to Rapids Camp Lodge. The region is the epicenter of our planet’s highest-functioning salmon-based ecosystem. Characterized by massive natural lakes with names like Iliamna, Kukaklek, Naknek, and Becharof, the region’s countless clean, pea-gravel rivers and streams form the foundation of the world’s most productive salmon habitat and a bounty of connected species that benefit from it. If you were ever considering a trip to Alaska, it would be silly not to have this region at the top of your list.

Right now, the Bristol Bay region is in extreme danger. Recently, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released their Final Environmental Impact Statement of the proposed Pebble Mine, opening the door to a permit to build the mine. The only way to stop the mine is to act now, and tell the EPA to veto Pebble Mine. Now is the time to speak up. Pebble Mine could get its federal Clean Water Act permit in as little as 30 days, but the EPA has the authority to stop it. Click here to read more and take action!

Our friends at The Flyfish Journal recently visited Rapids Camp Lodge, to take in the region and, of course, do a little fishing. The video below, “Sense of Place”, highlights their trip. They also composed a great article on their trip, documenting the fishery, people, history of the region, and what is at stake. Click here to read the complete story.