room Kvichak River The world's largest Salmon Run and Trophy class Rainbow Trout

About Kvichak Lodge

Mike McDowell has been the owner and operator of the Kvichak Lodge for the last thirty plus years. An avid sportsman, philosopher and conservationist, he knows as much about the Kvichak River by actual experience that anyone on this pristine water.

In addition to offering world-class fishing, the Kvichak Lodge is proud to offer other unique Alaskan experiences. Katmai National Park is located 50 miles from our lodge and a fly out bear viewing trip at the world-famous Brooks Falls is a favorite activity for our guests. Bird hunting is available on request.

For the individuals who are interested in day trips our guides are happy to do a float trip down one of the tributaries or adjoining streams so that you can enjoy both a float fishing adventure as well as bear viewing.

The Kvichak River and the Lodge by the same name are not only a mirror of breathtaking nature, but it is a reflection of mankind for thousands of years. The� Kiatagmuit Eskimos originally lived on the north bank of the Kvichak River in the village of Kaskanak and used Igiugig as a summer fish camp. At the turn of the century, these people moved upriver to the present site of Igiugig. The Kvichak Lodge, where you will stay, was built in the mid 60's and its rich history is the story of the people that first came and the visitors thereafter.

The Kvichak River is a large river, about 50 winding miles, in southwestern Alaska. It flows southwest from Lake Iliamna to Kvichak Bay, an arm of Bristol Bay, on the Alaska Peninsula.

Professional Guides

Our guides are the best in the business. We are proud to state that we have almost 55 years of combined experience with our guides to ensure that your experience with us is unique. We work to make sure that each of our guest's individual fishing needs are paired with the person who has the most expertise in that specific field, whether it be fly fishing for rainbows, trolling for silvers or casting off a secluded island for the monster king that you would like to see hanging on your office wall.

Alaska's Best Fishing Experience

The Kvichak Lodge is located approximately 240 miles southwest of Anchorage in southwestern Alaska. The lodge is situated about one half mile from the mouth of Lake Iliamna.
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A Guided Alaskan Fishing experience


Kings, Chinooks

The largest of the Pacific Salmon, Kings are the first to return to their birthplace to spawn and die. Adults weigh from 15 to 60 lbs. but expect those in the 25 to 50-pound class to give you a most sensational challenge on rod and reel.


Reds, Sockeye

The Kvichak River is historically the largest Sockey Salmon run in the world.


Cohos, Silvers

Most of the Mighty Cohos's weigh between 8 and 12 pounds.


Rainbow Trout

Rainbows in Alaska naturally occur up to 24 lbs. or better in the Iliamna, Bristol Bay drainages. The current Kvichak Lodge trout record is 23.3 lbs. caught in September of 99.


Dolly Varden



Smallest of the Pacific Salmon, averaging between 3 and 5 pounds, arrive in mid-July and August. What Pinks lack in size, they make up for in aggressiveness and non-stop action.



Grayling are God's gift to entry level fly rodders and light tackle fanatics. Most Grayling average 10 to 14 inches with trophies measuring 21 inches and weighing 4 lbs.




Chum, Pink Salmon

Chum Salmon average 8 to 12 lbs. Pink Salmon is the smallest of the Pacific Salmon, averaging between 3 and 5 lbs.