by Phil Corless
If your family likes to fish, the all-inclusive Katmai Lodge is an ideal vacation destination. The isolated location on the banks of the wild Alagnak River gives you easy access to hundreds of miles of fishable water. The lodge prides itself on being family-friendly, even offering 50-percent discounts to kids under 16. Their cozy cabins come in various shapes and sizes, some with three twin beds and a private bathroom, while others have shared facilities. They feature luxurious sitting rooms with leather couches, recliners, refrigerators, outdoor decks and free Wi-Fi. The main lodge is where you’ll enjoy hearty gourmet meals such as prime rib and freshly caught salmon. You’ll also find a lounge, game room, deck, library and gift shop.
Katmai Lodge is located on a remote stretch of the Alagnak River in southwest Alaska, and is only accessible by an hour-long plane ride from Anchorage. You’ll love the isolation, where your family can focus solely on fishing and wildlife viewing. The lodge takes care of everything, from getting your fishing license to outfitting you in waders, boots and fishing gear. Any level of experience is welcomed by patient guides who will have you casting your line like a pro. After a day on the river, kids can burn off any excess energy playing volleyball, horseshoes, darts and bocce ball, while parents head for the sauna. With its wilderness setting, excellent fishing and focus on families, the Katmai Lodge will make your Alaskan vacation a memorable adventure.
Our Editor Loves
- Wading into the river
- Wildlife viewing flights
- Sitting around the fire pit
- All Inclusive Rates
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Meal Plan
- Onsite Dining
I spent seven amazing days here. I have stayed at several 5 star hotels that. could learn from them, Every staff interaction was amazing.. No need to pack gear, their well stocked equipment room has everything you need for a week of amazing fishing.
Located on the Alaskan peninsula near the Bering Sea, the fishing was nothing short of remarkable. 100 fish days are possible, and the fish of a lifetime is almost certain. The guides were knowledgeable and did everything in their power to check off your bucket list fish. Be sure to book a fly out trip to The Moraine Creek, where many outdoor fishing adventures were filmed. This was perhaps the best single day of fishing I have ever experienced. A daylong adventure were we caught 20" trout all day. An added bonus, all of the guides are accomplished photographers and give you a photo journal thumb drive of your week when you leave.
Every staff member at every encounter made me feel like family. I am not a foodie, but the food was awesome, from a hearty breakfast, shore lunch, (including salmon you caught that morning) to a chef prepared gourmet dinner. Even the evening hors d'oeuvres were top notch.
I also had the opportunity to see wildlife daily, including brown bears, elk, moose, beavers, river otters, eagles and other birds of prey.
If you go, be prepared to leave some of the electronics at home. Your cell phone will not work. They have Internet, but it is unreliable and slow. No matter, you will not miss it after a few hours.
How do you describe one of the most incredible experiences interacting with wild life - specifically Brown Bears. The flight, lodge, staff and specifically the NP Rangers were all top notch. Make the effort - stay the night. You will not be disappointed!