Brooks Lodge Sportfishing

Fish the World Famous Brooks River and nearby Lakes and Streams

Price per person: starts at $1,640

Superb sportfishing on the Brooks River and on the Brooks and Naknek Lakes geared towards independent minded fly fishermen, with guided fishing on the Brooks River, adjacent lakes and via fly outs from the lodge are available as options.

Dates: June 1 - Sep 17, 2019
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Tour Description

Brooks Lodge overlooks the world famous Brooks River in the heart of Katmai National Park. Superb fishing is available adjacent to the lodge on the Brooks River and on the Brooks and Naknek Lakes. The Brooks River is fly fishing only. The Brooks Lodge fishing packages are for independent minded fly fishermen who want to experience the great sportfishing of the Katmai area without the expense of a fully guided sportfishing lodge. Including fly outs in your stay will provide the means to fish other hot spots and allow you to take advantage of the variety of species of fish available in southwest Alaska. It is recommended that angler's are self-sufficient and have experience in tying knots, wading safely, spotting, landing and handling fish as well as catch and release techniques.

Guest accommodations consist of sixteen modern rooms all with showers, private toilet facilities, heat and electricity. Rooms accommodate two to four persons. The beautiful main lodge building boasts a spectacular view of aquamarine Naknek Lake. Its large circular fireplace is popular for evening relaxing and reminiscing about the day's adventures. Hearty Alaskan fare is served three times a day buffet style in the dining area of the lodge. Cocktails are available for purchase at the lodge bar each afternoon and evening. Comfortable accommodations in the heart of the magnificent Katmai wilderness make this a truly perfect vacation spot.

Included is round trip air transportation between Anchorage and Brooks Lodge, all fees, lodging, meals and a 1/2 day guided Brooks River fishing orientation.

3-Night Packages for June 7th-20th and August 10th-25th

Single Occupancy $2552.00
Double Occupancy, per person $1994.00
Multiple 3 (3 per room), per person $1762.00
Multiple 4 (4 per room), per person $1645.00

3-Night Packages for all other dates throughout the summer

Single Occupancy $3167.00
Double Occupancy, per person $2381.00
Multiple 3 (3 per room), per person $2036.00
Multiple 4 (4 per room), per person $1860.00

Additional Nights for any dates - per night, per person

Single Occupancy $700.00
Double Occupancy $470.00
Multiple 3 (3 per room) $352.00
Multiple 4 (4 per room) $294.00

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Add Ons You can add the following items to this tour:

Boat and Sportfishing Guide Service (min. 2 persons, max. 4 persons)
Full Day $275 per person
Half Day $185 per person

Brooks River Guide Service
Hourly Single $ 80.00 per person
Hourly 2 or more $ 55.00 per person
Half Day Single $185.00 per person
Half Day 2 or more $145.00 per person
Full Day Single $275.00 per person
Full Day 2 or more $210.00 per person

Fly Out Sportfishing (per person, two person minimum)
Booked prior to Final Payment $450.00
Purchased after Final Payment $495.00

Fishing Equipment Rentals (per person, per day )
Fly or Spin Rod and Reel $10.00
Fishing Waders $ 9.00
Note: You can purchase your Alaska Fishing License at the "Trading Post"

Brooks Lodge Trips Sample Itinerary

2019 Brooks Lodge Buffet Dining

Breakfast: Adult $17.00 / Child $12.00
Lunch: Adult $24.00 / Child $15.00
Dinner: Adult $40.00 / Child $23.00
Child prices based on ages 2-11 years of age

2019 Canoe and Kayak Rentals

Canoes: $12.00 per hour OR $40.00 per day
Kayaks: $16.00 per hour OR $60.00 per day

General Brooks Lodge Travel Information

Weather and Clothing: Be prepared for stormy weather and sometimes sunshine. Summer daytime temperatures can range from about mid-50's to mid-60's degree F; the average low is 44. Strong winds and sudden gusts frequently sweep the area. Skies are clear about 20 percent in summer and light rain can last for days.

The atmosphere at the lodge is casual, so bring comfortable medium weight sport clothes. By dressing in layers, you can add or subtract clothing and be comfortable regardless of the whim of the weather. Internet service is not available at the lodge.

Laundry Facilities: Laundry Facilities are not available at Brooks Lodge.

Insects: You will need insect repellent. Head nets are highly recommended.

"Bear Jam!": Bear activity at the Lower River may delay crossing Brooks River Bridge. Please be prepared to wait in windy and/or rainy conditions and allow yourself ample time to meet meal services and/or your departing flight.

The following items are a must: Warm jacket or sweater, personal items, walking shoes or boots, sunglasses, raincoat, camera & memory cards, long sleeve shirts, mosquito repellent should be kept with scarf, hat or cap during your travel. Examples of optional items you might consider are binoculars and a day pack.

The Brooks Lodge "Trading Post"

Find a variety of items for sale that may make your stay in Katmai more pleasant and enjoyable.

Personal Items: Toothpaste, insect repellent, soap, film (no memory cards available), batteries and tobacco.

Food and Beverages: Candy, ice, soft drinks, and other snack items including trail mix, beef jerky, etc.

Souvenirs: Hats, sweat shirts, t-shirts, post cards, coffee mugs, posters, film and more.

Fishing Tackle: Line, leader, lures, flies and Alaska fishing license.

Rental Items: Rods & reels, chest waders, canoes, kayaks, single burner stoves, bear resistant containers and showers and towels (for campers).

* Camp stove fuel is available white gas, propane & JetBoil (propane/butane mix).
* Ice is available for purchase at Brooks Lodge.
** Store purchases may be made with Cash, Travelers Checks, MasterCard or Visa.

Can I drive to Brooks Lodge?

Driving to Brooks Lodge is not possible. Like most of Alaska, there are no roads to our area and we are accessible by air only.

How long does it take to get there?

The flight from Anchorage to either King Salmon or Kulik Lodge is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. To Brooks, it is another 25 minutes via float plane.

What are the rooms like at Brooks Lodge?

The 16 rooms at Brooks are all alike on the inside. They each have four twin sized bunk beds - two upper and two lower beds. Each room is heated and has a private shower and restroom. Some are individual cabins and some are attached. If any of the individual cabins are available the day you arrive, they will be assigned solely to whomever booked earliest (lowest reservation number). Brooks Lodge does not accept any room requests. Laundry facilities are not available.

Are there a lot of bugs?

There can be depending on how dry or wet it has been. Some people choose to bring head nets. Most just bring a good insect repellant. You want something with a high DEET concentration for it to be effective.

Can I pay for meals in advance?

Yes. When you make your reservation, you may specify that you would like to prepay all or part of your meals with your package. Any amount may be paid in advance and you will be given a credit voucher in the amount you prepaid which can be used not only for meals, but also for anything while at the lodge.

Are cocktails available at Brooks Lodge?

Beverages at Brooks Lodge can be purchased in the main lodge during lunch and dinner times. Beverages typically include Alaskan Amber beer on tap, a selection of wines and premium liquors.

Can I bring food into my room at Brooks?

No food or drinks of any kind except water are allowed in the rooms at Brooks Lodge because of the chance of being visited by a bear.

How many nights can I stay?

If any one night is in July, there is a three night maximum stay. There is no limit to stays in June, August or September.

When are the salmon running?

Salmon runs vary from year to year and it is not possible to predict them with absolute accuracy. Most years a large run of sockeye (red) salmon will begin to enter the Brooks River during the middle of June. This run continues through July and the salmon usually begin to spawn in the Brooks River in early August. The spawn continues throughout August and peaks during early September.

Can I hike on my own in the Brooks area?

Yes, there are hiking trails in the park. Maps are available at the NPS Visitor Center next to the lodge.

How far away are the platforms for wildlife viewing?

There are three viewing platforms on the Brooks River, all within walking distance from the lodge. They range from 300 yards to one mile from the main lodge.

What is the weather like in Katmai?

The weather in Katmai is very unpredictable. Temperatures can range between 45 and 70 degrees and even lower in September. Wind and rain are common so bring layers that can be added to or taken away as the weather dictates.

Are you strictly a fly fishing only lodge?

On Brooks River below the bridge, you can use a spinning rod with a fly on the end. Above the bridge is fly fishing only. All of our guides are fly fishing instructors so if you would like to learn to fly fish, we can teach you during your stay.

How many guests are there to each guide?

The number of guests to each guide is 2 to 4 depending on the situation.

Can we take home the fish we catch?

Due to the short growing season and cold water temperatures in Alaska, native fish grow and mature slowly. Guests are asked to release all their catch of fresh water fish. The Brooks River regulation allows 1 salmon per person per day to be kept, and it must be caught below the bridge.

How are fish packaged to take home?

The salmon you keep must be placed in a plastic bag and taken directly to the fish freezing building and frozen whole. The National Park Service does not allow any fish cleaning at Brooks. Fish boxes are available to purchase in the Trading Post. If you have a long distance to travel home, insulated fish boxes and freezer packs are available to purchase at a number of locations in Anchorage.

What is a fly out and where do you fly out to?

A fly out means that you take an airplane to a different river to fish for the day. We fly to many different areas depending on what type of fish you want to catch and where the best spot for that species is at the time you are there.

When is the best time to come?

Anytime is a good time at Brooks Lodge. Each time of the year provides a unique experience.

What type of fishing gear is used at the lodges?

Cabelas, Redington and Simms waders and Redington and Sage rods equipped with Ross and Redington reels are included with any guided excursions that you choose to book and are available to rent during the rest of your stay.

Can I use felt soled wading boots or wading boots with cleats?

No. The Alaska Board of Fisheries has deemed invasive species a significant potential threat to Alaska's aquatic ecosystems. Effective January 1, 2012, felt-soled waders and wading boots will no longer be legal footwear when fishing in Alaska's fresh waters. Wading boots with cleats are also not allowed at the lodges. Our lodges do have rubber soled wading boots for our lodge guests.

For further details on Katmai National Park, please visit the NPS website at