Just imagine yourself…floating in a raft at about thirteen miles per hour on a Class III or IV glacial river. Then you pull into a good fishing hole to wrangle a mighty Chinook Salmon weighing in between 30 and 55 pounds. Or maybe you just pour yourself a cup of coffee from a thermos and take a few moments to enjoy the extraordinary beauty that surrounds you. The sun is back up from its two hour nap. Mist is rising off the river. Bald eagles fly from tree to tree along the banks of the river looking for their fish as well, and in the distance, a mountainous snow-capped landscape that you’ve only seen in the movies. That’s a morning on the the Klutina River.
Welcome to Gakona Lodge fishing! We offer guided fishing charters on the Gulkana, and Klutina Rivers of South Central Alaska fishing predominantly for Kings, Sockeye, Rainbows, and Grayling. We can also help you setup a Halibut Charter in Valdez. We are located adjacent to Wrangell St. Elias National Park and in the heart of the Copper River Valley at the confluence of the Gakona and Copper Rivers. We are not necessarily a destination spot, but we offer an opportunity for travelers in Alaska to stop by and catch fish while staying at a very historic lodge and exploring the extraordinary beauty and sites offered in south central Alaska.
For those interested in fishing, this is true Alaska fishing. You will not be competing for a spot on the river! We leave combat to our nation’s military. Instead, you’re more likely to compete with the many bald eagles that you’ll see on your trip who are also interested in the delicious fish in our rivers. Take in the gorgeous sites and the serenity of the area and enjoy some fantastic fishing! Our guides can’t guarantee that you’ll catch the biggest fish that you’ve ever caught, but they can certainly ensure that you have a good time. Did we mention that they do all the rowing and work on these trips?
We fish, when you want and how you want…this is your adventure!
How It Works
We provide the necessary equipment, tackle, and guided expertise to make you successful in sport fishing some of Alaska’s most pristine waters. We transport you to various fishing holes by raft.
After a fun day of fishing, we’ll bring you back to Gakona Lodge and Trading Post where we’ll clean and vacuum seal your daily catch. If you’d like, we’ll even cook up some of your fish at the Carriage House Restaurant so you’ll know exactly what you have to look forward to when you get back home with the rest of your catch.