Unalakleet River Lodge//Alaska


The Unalakleet River is one of Alaska’s best kept secrets. It is the lodge you go to when you simply want to indiscriminately catch A LOT of big fish. It is the perfect venue for anglers seeking a remote lodge as well as constant and productive fishing for salmon, dolly varden, arctic char, and grayling. If you are looking for an affordable Alaskan wilderness experience where there is a bend in your rod all day — look no further than Unalakleet River Lodge.

The Unalakleet boasts one of the most prolific silver (coho) and pink (humpy) runs in Alaska. Pinks make for great fun on a five or six weight, and are perfect for beginners or smaller children. During the peak season for silvers, catching 40-80 fish a day in the 7-12 pound range is common. Chum salmon are around a good part of the season in prolific numbers, and the early season Chinook fishing is very reliable. Add grayling on large dry flies, colorful char and sea run dollies to the mix, and anglers enjoy a week with continuous fishing success.

The village of Unalakleet is located 400 miles northwest of Anchorage in a very remote corner of Alaska… almost a world away from the hectic and often crowded fly-out fisheries to the south. Unalakleet River Lodge is the only operation on the entire river system, with over ninety miles of spring creek-like river and multiple gin clear tributaries — providing a level of exclusivity and privacy that is very rare in Alaska these days.

Unalakleet Village | Norton Sound, Alaska

Guests travel to Anchorage Saturday night preceding a regularly scheduled Sunday flight to Unalakleet with Pen Air. The following Saturday, guests travel back to Anchorage with Pen Air in time to make commercial connections onward to the lower 48.

All 5 species of pacific salmon, arctic char, dolly varden, grayling.

Jet-boat based program accessing miles and miles of easy to wade, pea gravel riverbed. Swinging wet flies is most consistent, but there are many times when wog style floating patterns can be deadly on Silvers especially. Light tackle fishing with 3-5 weights targeting grayling on dry flies is another typical component to every week.

URL is open from June – mid-September

Choosing a date to fish on the Unalakleet should be determined by which species of fish you would like to most heavily target. Fishing in general is excellent any time in the season but the conditions and species available vary from month to month and may impact when you decide to visit. Note that dry fly friendly grayling and dolly varden are abundant ALL season. (See WHEN TO GO for Details).

URL is perfect for children, rookies, and hard-core experienced anglers. The low gradient, slow flowing, pea-gravel riverbed of the Unalakleet and its tributaries make for consistently easy wading. You could not design an easier venue for anglers of all skill and physical fitness levels to enjoy incredible success fishing. The fly fishing style and techniques are not technical, and many guests at the lodge prefer to use spinning gear as well. Rainbow trout are not found in the river system; however, fifty to one hundred fish days comprised of salmon and other species are not uncommon on the Unalakleet! If you are looking for an affordable Alaskan wilderness experience where there is a bend in your rod all day — look no further than Unalakleet River Lodge.

6 Nights / 5 Days – $5300 per person (based on double occupancy)

You the client don’t pay a penny for our travel services! Our destination recommendations, organization, and pre-trip planning services are completely free of charge – and oftentimes less expensive than booking direct with a lodge or outfitter. We can assist with every question, concern, or special request related to your adventure at zero cost!