Rapids Camp Lodge Alaska

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Rapids Camp Lodge is an easy to reach full service fly-out Alaskan fly fishing lodge with excellent home waters and one of the most diverse and exciting fly fishing programs in Alaska. Seasoned hardcore fly anglers appreciate the wide range of water the lodge frequents. This includes staples like the Moraine, Battle Creek, Contact Creek, Headwaters Creek and the American River. Other prolific “under the radar” rainbow and char fisheries mandate the use of a wheel plane and sturdy walking legs. During the early and late season, the lodge concentrates on fly fishing for large rainbows in the “rapids” of the Naknek River near the lodge. Anglers typically employ spey rods and steelhead tactics to entice these supercharged rainbows that commonly run in the five to ten pound range. Spey tackle and instruction are available to all interested at no additional cost.

The lodge features eight comfortable double occupancy rooms with private baths, a large friendly bar, two gourmet chefs, workout room, state of the art tackle and waders. With three Beavers, a turbine Otter, and handsome jet boats for the home water, Rapids Camp has endless options for all who visit. Whether you are after silvers or kings, massive rainbows on the spey rod, or a crack at wilderness rainbows that rarely see a fly, this is an operation that will keep you coming back.

Location:
Rapids Camp Lodge is only seven miles up-river from King Salmon and just an eighty minute flight from Anchorage.

Fishing Program:
Located just downstream of the famous “rapids” of the Naknek river, Rapids Camp Lodge has some of the state’s most remarkable trophy rainbow fly fishing mere minutes from their dock. The local rapids section of the Naknek river is especially good early and late in the season and holds great appeal to anglers who like to fly fish in a traditional steelhead fashion with spey rods. Fly fishing here centers around the rainbow, char, and salmon fisheries of the greater Bristol Bay/Katmai region. Rapids Camp has an excellent king salmon fly fishing program as well as a very good coastal program for targeting silver salmon. The lodge strives to have one guide for every two anglers.

Fishing venues vary widely from days spent fishing from jet powered aluminum Jon boats, to raft trips, to remote walk and wade venues best suited to the physically fit. At times anglers will fish from boats, but the majority of fly fishing is done while wading. Rapids Camp Lodge is proud of its aircraft fleet which includes two de Havilland Beavers on floats and one de Havilland Turbine Otter.

Region:
The greater Bristol Bay/Katmai region is home to pristine wilderness, majestic views, enormous rainbow trout, five species of salmon, Arctic char, Dolly Varden, grayling, pike and trout, 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, bear and wolves. At world famous Brooks Falls, you're likely to see a bear grab a leaping salmon right out of the air. Here also, volcanoes and glaciers coexist. From the Valley of 10,000 Smokes, to the deep turquoise of the Ice Age glaciers, you'll see scenery that rivals the wildlife.

Additional Experiences:
Rapids Camp Lodge has the rare distinction of being equipped to handle a wide variety of eco type activities including flight seeing of the regions many glaciers and volcanoes, bear and wildlife viewing, clam digging, and beach combing.

Accommodations and Meals:
Situated on 60 acres of serene riverfront property on the Naknek River, the lodge can accommodate a total of 16 guests per week in eight spacious, double occupancy rooms with private bathrooms. Amenities include a hot tub, a new sauna (“native sweat lodge”), work-out facility, bar, darts and shuffleboard, high speed wireless internet, and satellite television. The lodge also has a masseuse on staff.

A detached private home originally built for the owner has also been added to the available accommodations at the lodge.  It has two bedrooms with a living room that accommodates four people.

Two gourmet chefs prepare everything from fresh salmon to succulent steaks. Breakfasts and lunches are served buffet style, in traditional Alaskan manner. Before dinner, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails are served. Dinner is a very nice plated service. Fresh pastries, baked bread and rolls complement your meals. Some lunches during your week may be shore lunches prepared and served by your guide stream side, wildlife permitting! Lunches include fresh fish, fresh fruit, baked goods and wine.

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Sample Itinerary:
Day 1: (Thursday)- If unable to arrive in Anchorage by 1:00 PM Friday, arrive in Anchorage and overnight (independently arranged, not included).
Day 2: (Friday)- Meet with expeditor who will transfer you to your flight to King Salmon (included in package). Upon arrival in King Salmon, a lodge representative will be waiting for you and will a provide a shuttle to the lodge, about 15 minutes away.  Once at the lodge you can settle in and prepare your gear for the following day.
Days 3– 8: Six full days of guided fishing with six fly-outs (weather permitting)
Day 9: After breakfast at the lodge, you will be transferred to King Salmon for your flight to Anchorage (included in package).  You will be transferred back to the Anchorage airport to catch your flight home or points beyond.  

**Note: Flights arranged same day (Friday) should be scheduled for departure after 4:00 PM.

Rates and Details

2017 Rate: $8,695 per person for a 7 night/6 day package

Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, round trip flight between Anchorage and King Salmon, transportation between King Salmon and the lodge, lodging tax, guiding, fly-outs per your itinerary (weather permitting), beer, any needed tackle including waders, fly rods, and flies

Not Included: Round trip airfare to Anchorage, accommodations and meals in Anchorage, fishing licenses, hard alcohol, and staff and guide gratuities


Species: Rainbow trout, Arctic char, grayling, five species of Pacific salmon, Dolly Varden

Season: June to September

Capacity: 20 anglers

Map: King Salmon, AK

Media: Lodge Video

 

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