Breathtaking mountain landscapes, a world-renowned trout stream on-site, and close proximity to other legendary Alaska rivers, lakes, and streams have long secured Kulik’s status as the region’s premier fly-out fishing lodge.
Kulik Lodge is acclaimed as Alaska’s premier fly-out lodge, but we’re fortunate to also have a world-class fishery right outside our door. The lodge sits in a centralized location within Katmai National Park alongside the Kulik River, known as one of the most prolific streams for native rainbow trout throughout Bristol Bay.
There’s plentiful fishing on the nearby Kulik and Nonvianuk Lakes as well, but we can also introduce you to other amazing hot spots within a 100-mile radius of the lodge. When you opt for fly outs with your stay, you can chase southwest Alaska’s other native fish including arctic char, grayling, lake trout, pike, and all five species of Pacific salmon (depending on timing).
Whether trekking by plane, boat, or on foot, you’ll drink in the area’s breathtaking scenery, amidst the backdrop of the Aleutian Range and its volcanoes, glaciers and multi-colored tundra. There’s more than fish here too, so keep an eye out for birds, bears, and other wildlife.
After a day of exploration and fishing, relax with complimentary cocktails around the large stone fireplace in our native spruce lodge, enjoy sumptuous meals, and soak up in the camaraderie of your fellow guests and friendly staff. Swap those fish stories, make plans for tomorrow, and turn in to dream of the next day’s catch.
Established in 1950 as part of the original Angler’s Paradise family of lodges, Kulik Lodge was founded by Alaska aviation pioneer, Ray Petersen, as the first fly out fishing lodge in Alaska. From its humble beginnings as a rustic tent camp, Kulik Lodge has since developed into a full-service sport fishing lodge with all modern amenities.
The historic main lodge building, built of native spruce, boasts a large stone fireplace and bar where our guests enjoy complimentary cocktails, reflect on the day’s adventures, and/or tie flies in preparation for the days to come.
Also located in the main lodge building is the dining area where guests and staff alike gather to dine ‘family style’ on hearty meals prepared by our professional chef and kitchen staff.
Despite our location in the midst of the Katmai wilderness, some of the creature comforts available (almost) make our guests forget how remote they really are. One of those such comforts is our sauna and outdoor hot tub where guests routinely rejoice about their day on the water while taking in the spectacular view across Nonvianuk Lake.
For those looking to get away, but still stay connected during their trip, WiFi is also available for guest use in the main lodge building.
Guests are housed in comfortable cabins during their stay, each of which include modern amenities such as heat, electricity, shower, and private toilet facilities.
We’re able to accommodate up to twenty-seven guests at a time across our eleven guest cabins with varying layouts of 1-2 bedrooms and 2-4 beds (depending on the cabin).
Nestled between the eastern shore of Nonvianuk Lake and the mouth of the Kulik River, Kulik lodge is centrally located between numerous legendary rivers, streams, and lakes across Bristol Bay (and beyond), the majority of which are within a short twenty minute float plane flight from our lodge.
Our fleet of float planes operated by our own Katmai Air flight service allows us to fish many of the most fabled waters of the region (along with a few close-kept secrets) for all five species of Pacific salmon, trophy rainbow trout, lake trout, Arctic char, grayling, Northern pike, and more.
Just a short walk from our lodge, the Kulik River is regarded as one of the most productive streams for rainbow trout throughout Bristol Bay. That gives our guests and guides access to world-class trout fishing even when poor weather limits fly out opportunities.
Our season runs from mid-June through the end of September, and like most Alaska fisheries, what we fish for (and how we fish for them) depends largely on the time of the year.
We fish both fly and conventional gear at Kulik depending on our guest’s preferences. However, its important to note that some (but not all) of the waters we frequent are restricted to fly fishing only. Interested in learning how to fly fish during your stay? No problem, all of our guides are excellent instructors and well-versed in both fly and conventional methods.
June 10th - October 3rd, 2023
Three, four, and seven-night fishing trips to Alaska’s original fly out fishing lodge.
Located smack dab in the middle of some of the most fabled trout and salmon waters in Bristol Bay and Katmai National Park, Kulik Lodge is ideal for both large groups and individual anglers.
Included in our sportfishing package is round trip air transportation between Anchorage and Kulik Lodge, lodging, meals, boat and guide service on Kulik River, loaner rods and waders, and complimentary cocktails each evening. Guided fly outs are also available as add-ons, but are not included in the package price.
July special: Unguided bear viewing/sightseeing trips to our sister operation at Brooks Falls, Brooks Lodge, are free to all Kulik guests during the month of July!
June 10th - Ocotber 3rd
The historic Kulik Lodge is your home base for exploring the magnificent waters, flora, and fauna (ahem, like bears!) of Katmai National Park & Preserve. Three, four, and seven-night trips available.
Included in our explorer package is round trip air transportation between Anchorage and Kulik Lodge, lodging, meals, boat and guide service on the Kulik River, loaner rods and waders, and complimentary cocktails each evening.
July bear viewing special: Unguided bear viewing/sightseeing trips to our sister operation at Brooks Falls, Brooks Lodge, are free to all Kulik guests during the month of July!
The atmosphere at the lodge is casual, so comfortable medium-weight clothes are the normal attire. While fishing or hiking we recommend that you dress in layers to regulate your body temperature with the whims of the weather. Expect temperatures in July and August to average 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit with fluctuations varying from 40-75 degrees Fahrenheit. June, September, and October can be much cooler and wind chill can drop temperatures as much as 30 degrees. Extra warm clothes are recommended for these months.
The baggage weight allowance for each guest staying at Kulik is 50 lbs. per person. Your clothing and gear should fit into at least two small, soft-sided bags and a rod case. Any excess baggage may have to be flown in at a later time, on a space available basis. However, storage is available at the office in Anchorage for items not required at the lodge.
The lodge and guest cabins have wireless internet access and a computer is available at the lodge for internet use by guests that don’t have any other means to access the internet.
High quality rain gear, a warm sweater or jacket, long-sleeved shirts, warm socks, fleece pants, and polypropylene or merino wool underwear (for use under your waders) is highly recommended. Cool morning boat rides and wet fishing days require warm hats and fingerless gloves.
Dry storage is also limited on our boats, so we recommend a waterproof ‘dry bag’ to store extra layers, camera equipment, and other items that you don’t want getting wet while on the water.
We also recommend comfortable walking shoes or boots for wearing around the camp (a waterproof pair is ideal). You may also want a swimsuit for our hot tub and sauna.
Guests should also bring their toiletries and other personal items. However, bedding and towels are supplied at the lodge for guest use.
Anglers should have line clippers, needle-nosed pliers, insect repellent, sunscreen, and polarized sunglasses. You can bring your own or purchase these items, along with various souvenirs, shirts, and hats in the small fly shop at the lodge.
Conventional anglers should pack their favorite light or medium action rods and a good quality reel spooled with at least 8 lb test line. Expect to lose tackle to snags! We recommend bringing plenty of large spoons and spinners and extra terminal tackle including swivels. Almost any color combo will work, but we find silver and orange to be the most consistent producers.
Please note that only single hooks are permitted. All treble hooks must be replaced with singles or trimmed down to one hook. Also keep in mind that some of the waters we frequent (such as American Creek) are designated as fly fishing only by Katmai National Park regulations.
We offer Simms, Redington, and Cabelas brand waders and boots for our guests to use during their stay (children’s sizes up to adult XXL waders and wading boots up to size 16 available). You can save some weight and bulk when packing by using our waders.
Some folks prefer their own waders and boots, however please note that felt soled boots are no longer allowed in Alaska. Boots with metal cleats are also not allowed at our lodges. A common compromise from our guests is to bring their own waders but use a pair of our wading boots during their stay.
Please do not bring sleeping bags, towels, nylon landing nets, gaffs, creels, or any type of firearm. If you do bring bear mace, be sure to inform you pilot as it can’t be packed inside the planes. We do not recommend bringing bear mace.
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