The Alagnak River flows approximately 70 miles from the two lakes on the northern end of Katmai National Park in a westerly direction to the waters of Bristol Bay. It is the exit point for a catchment area of approximately 1,400 square miles located entirely within wilderness areas and Katmai National Park.
ALAGNAK RIVER | Bristol Bay, Alaska
The Alagnak Lodge is located in the tidal section of the river about 5 miles inland from the mouth. We are about 30 miles north of the town of King Salmon, Alaska, and about 300 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska.
As well as our prime tidewater location on the Alagnak River, our central location in the Bristol Bay watershed opens up many possibilities for fly outs, mostly within 45 minutes flight time of the lodge.
Why is Tidewater Important?
For freshwater salmon fishing, there is a simple rule…the closer you are to the ocean, the fresher the fish, and the better the fishing. Pacific salmon stop feeding when they enter fresh water, and face a journey upriver that will gradually deplete their energy reserves. As they work their way upriver, their bodies start to deteriorate as they prepare for spawning. Many visitors travel to Alaska each year searching for the experience of fishing salmon renowned for their strength and spectacular leaps. If this is what you are looking for in your Alaska fishing adventure, then make sure you are fishing in tidewater!