Founding the first sportfishing lodges in the entire Bristol Bay area in 1950 gave Alaskan aviation pioneers Ray Petersen and John Walatka the pick of the hot spots. Operated today by Ray's son, Sonny Petersen, the 'Angler's Paradise' lodges are amongst the world's finest freshwater sportfishing destinations.
Kulik Lodge is centrally positioned amongst some of the best trout and salmon fishing areas of Alaska and is part of the only lodging concessions inside Katmai National Park authorised by the National Park Service, right next to the world famous Brooks Falls with unsurpassed bear viewing opportunities. Excursions to the volcanic 'Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes', the abundance of wildlife in the park and the incredible fishing opportunities make Katmai National Park Alaska's most exciting destination.
Superb fishing is available adjacent to the lodge on the Kulik River and on the Kulik and Nonvianuk Lakes. The Kulik River is the epitome of a rainbow trout stream. Its gin clear water, gravel bottom and plentiful food supply provide an ideal habitat for the large population of native rainbow trout.
Besides the great fishing right near the lodge, including fly outs in your stay will provide the means to fish other hot spots within a 100-mile radius of the lodge and allow you to take advantage of the variety of species of fish available in south-west Alaska: rainbow trout, arctic char, grayling, lake trout, pike, and five species of Pacific Salmon. Kulik has riverboats cached on various productive rivers and streams; or you may take a one day float trip or hike in from your landing area to a hidden stream. The opportunity to view the breathtaking scenery of south-west Alaska is always a bonus. The Aleutian Range includes numerous active volcanoes, glaciers and the multicoloured tundra.
Kulik's plays host to a maximum of 28 people. Comfortable guest cabins accommodate two people and are equipped with modern ensuite facilities. The native spruce lodge building boasts a large stone fireplace, dining area and bar where complimentary cocktails are served each evening. In the relaxed atmosphere of Kulik, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, new friendships are formed and old friendships reaffirmed.
Transfer day to the lodge are on Saturday and Tuesday.
$5,325-$5,675 per person (plus tax) from Anchorage.
Fly-outs are an additional $400 per person, per fly-out, if booked in advance of final payment.
Shorter stays are available
*prices subject to change
• Full board and accommodation for seven nights at Kulik Lodge based on double occupancy.
• Seven days guided fishing with two fishermen to each guide.
• Alcoholic and soft drinks.
• Flights from Anchorage to Kulik Lodge.
• Alaskan visitors fishing License.
Price does not include:
• International Flights.
• Optional Flyouts.
• Accommodation in Anchorage.
• King Salmon stamp.
• Gratuities to the house staff and fishing guides.
• Items of a personal nature.
Anchorage GMT -9 hrs
Flight Time from the UK
London - Seattle: 9 hrs 30 mins
Seattle - Anchorage: 3 hrs 35 mins
Anchorage - Kulik: 1 hr 30 mins
Visa Requirements for UK Citizens
You will need to register for a 90-day US Visa Waiver under the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) prior to departure. This is an online registration and will be valid for two years or until the date on which your passport expires, which ever comes first.
The five species of Pacific salmon: chinook (King), sockeye, coho (silver), pink and chum; rainbow trout, Arctic char, grayling, northern pike, and lake trout.
Season to Travel
June - September
Tackle and Kit
We would recommend a 9ft single-handed 8-9 weight rod with varying sink-tip lines for most of the salmon. If you are going for the big Chinook salmon then we suggest also taking a 12-14ft double-handed 9-10 weight rod with a multi-tip line that has fast sink tips or a shooting head system. For the other species use a 9ft single-handed 5-8 weight rod with floating line, 5-30lb leader material, flies, chest waders, waterproof jacket, lifejacket, collapsible wading stick, insect repellent and polarised sunglasses.
Alaska has a variable climate and you should dress with comfortable layers that can be shed or put on accordingly. June and July are generally warm, by August and September the weather can be cooler with frosts in the mornings and evenings. Dress code at all the lodges is informal.
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