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

Why Choose Us?

Expect nothing less than a truly great Alaskan Fishing getaway at the Kvichak Lodge.
  • checkmark Prices are all inclusive, from airfare between Anchorage and the lodge to gourmet meals.
  • checkmark World class Alaskan fishing awaits you right outside of our lodge.
  • checkmark Fly-outs are not necessary to fish. In case of less than desirable weather, there are still fish to be caught.
  • checkmark Accommodations are spacious and private. You can have a shared room or private rooms depending on personal preferences.
  • checkmark We are here for you. Tell us when you want to fish and you will go fishing. Bird Hunting with everything included, available.
  • checkmark Fishing is not limited; early morning or after dinner.
  • checkmark Fly-outs are always an option.
  • checkmark We process your catch and ship it to Anchorage for clients.
  • checkmark Your experience will be personal. We believe in a low guest to guide ratios.
  • checkmark The lodge is owner operated by Mike McDowell, with over thirty-years experience

Getting Prepared For Your Trip

Preparing for your Alaskan Fishing Trip at Kvichak Lodge is very simple and this list is a suggestion of things you should bring to enjoy your stay in Alaska and at the Kvichak Lodge. *Are essential, the rest is up to you. Do not over pack. You bring your high spirits and enthusiasm and we will provide the rest.

  • Airline Tickets and Itinerary
  • Wallet
  • Travelers Checks, Cash and credit Cards
  • Copy of Traveler Check Numbers
  • Toiletries
  • Prescription Medications
  • Emergency Telephone Numbers
  • Polarized Sunglasses
  • Extra Pair of Sunglasses
  • Reading Glasses
  • Dress in layers
  • Light Pile or Fleece Pants
  • Fishing Hat or Stocking Cap
  • Fleece or Pile Jacket/Pullover
  • Long-sleeved Shirts
  • Short-sleeved Shirts
  • Good Rain Gear
  • Light Socks
  • Heavy Socks
  • Fishing Gloves
  • Camera, Chargers
  • Sun Screen SPF 25+ (Very Important!)
  • Lip Balm and Hand Lotion
  • (Optional)
  • Fly Rods, Travel Rods
  • Fly Reels
  • Spare Spools, Spare Lines
  • Leaders
  • Tippet
  • Fly Boxes
  • Dry Flies
  • Streamers
  • Nymphs
  • Floatant
  • Clippers, Pliers
  • Fishing Vest/Tackle Pack
  • Day Pack
  • Reel Lubricant
  • Hook File
  • Knot Tool
  • Hemostats
  • Split Shot
  • Waders
  • Wading Belt
  • Wading Boots (no studs) & Gravel Guards

A 50% deposit is required upon confirmation of dates and the remaining 50% balance is due sixty (60) days before arrival.

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.
•   2022 Fishing Schedule   •

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.