by Phil Corless
This all-inclusive lodge in Katmai National Park is considered one of the premier fishing lodges in Alaska. Sitting at the end of the remote Nonvianuk Lake, the family-friendly lodge is only accessible by plane. They provide all your meals, guides, equipment and license. The comfortable guest cabins contain two twin beds and a private bathroom, so a larger family will need to book more than one. However, this is an experience best left to older kids who can manage long days of fishing, hiking and floating the river. The main lodge is a great place to eat meals, hang out and tell fish stories around the huge rock fireplace. There’s also a hot tub and sauna to enjoy after a long day on the water.
Kulik Lodge is located in the very heart of the Katmai National Park and Preserve in Southern Alaska, a 90-minute plane ride from Anchorage. The lodge is famous for its fly out sportfishing, where you’re loaded on a plane and flown even deeper into the national park for fishing on remote mountain lakes and rivers. However, you only have to walk a short distance from your cabin to find excellent rainbow trout fishing. The lodge also offers flights to the famous Brooks Falls site, where hundreds of brown bears gather en masse to catch salmon. Don’t worry, you’ll be safe on an elevated viewing platform. Fishing, floating, and bears, oh my! It’s the trip of a lifetime, and sure to be the highlight of any family vacation in Alaska.
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- River float trips
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- Water Sports
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by Roger L
Nothing is too much trouble for any of the fantastic staff. Warning, not only are the excursions beyond belief but the food is out of this world. So don't go expecting to loose weight. As you have realised by now we cannot speak too highly of Kulik Lodge.
My husband and I spent four nights for the “Explorer Tour” package. Everything happened as promised in their brochures with no glitches at all. We showed up at the Katmai Air terminal at Lake Hood and met three other guest couples, then the 8 of us were flown on a small plane to a dirt runway where we were shuttled a short distance by van to the lodge for lunch. Our cabin was not ready yet so we immediately were fitted with waders and given fly rods and taken out on a small boat with a guide to fly fish in the Kulik River. The scenery and the river were beautiful. The second day we were flown by floatplane (more beautiful scenery) to Brooks Camp and spent all day viewing the bears catching salmon (amazing). Two guides stayed there all day as escorts for our group, and we had a buffet lunch there. The third day a different guide took us to fly fish the Kulik River and Kulik Lake. Neither of us had fly fished before in any real sense, but we both caught several good size rainbow trout and lake trout. The guides used our cameras to take photos of us with the fish. They did all of the equipment preparation as well as netting the fishes we caught and helping remove them from the hook for us since we were novices. One couple we met were hard core fly fishers and they fished unguided by themselves for hours after dinner every night in the late daylight. The fourth day we again flew to Brooks Camp and did the Valley of 10,000 Smokes hike (strenuous, interesting). The fifth day my husband fly fished some more while I took a short hike with some of the other guests to the shore of Kulik Lake, before we flew back to Anchorage mid-day. All meals were included and were great, all served in the main building. Breakfasts were cooked to order. Lunches were buffet style, serving your own plate. Generous hors d'oeuvres were served in the bar area one hour before dinner. Dinners were family style, passing dishes around the tables, with multiple options of meat/fish and sides. Our cabin (#4) was small but comfortable except Alaska was having a record heat wave and there was no A/C or even a fan and the air did not flow much even with a back window and the screen door open. There was a small shower stall next to the beds, and a toilet and sink in the bathroom with its own door. There was a bunk bed (two single beds), a separate single bed, and a chair. Housekeeping came by daily while we were out. The door had no lock but none was needed since this is truly out in the wilderness. A ground squirrel entertained us several times on the path outside. Wi-fi was available in the main lodge and cabins and worked fairly well. The only negative about the whole experience was that the manager and the guides sometimes seemed a bit aloof, like they didn’t really enjoy meeting guests, although they did make sure that everything happened as expected and performed their duties patiently and professionally. The kitchen staff, however, were warm and friendly.