Copper River Valley Alaska Fishing Lodge and Fishing Guides for King Salmon, Sockeye, Rainbow Trout, Arctic Grayling
Copper River Valley Fishing Lodge
Gakona Lodge is an historic lodge located adjacent to the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in the Copper River Valley of interior south central Alaska. Gakona Lodge was established in 1904 and considered one of the oldest operating original roadhouses in Alaska. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and provides lodging, a tavern, and restaurant to travelers, fisherman and hunters.
We are located at the confluence of the Gakona and Copper Rivers just off the Richardson Highway north of Glennallen. North of Valdez 125 miles and north east of Anchorage 198 miles on Highway 1 (Tok Cutoff).
We have great fishing at Gakona Lodge on the Gulkana, and Klutina Rivers in Alaska's famed Copper River valley. Our on site fishing guides service will take you fishing for King Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Rainbow Trout, and Grayling.
About Our Lodge
Step in and have a look around. We are one of the only remaining original roadhouses left in Alaska. You'll find the lodging and accommodations very unique and historic. The beauty is awesome, the fishing and outdoor activities are fantastic and the company is, well, above average. For you do-it-yourselfers, we not only have a good night's sleep but we offer rafting and camping equipment rentals and campers are always welcome.
The lodge consists of 9 rooms with 2 shared bathrooms, 1 room with private bath and 4 cabins (the cabins have their own bathrooms.) Most of the rooms in the lodge have double beds and some with an additional single bed. Two of the cabins have kitchens and multiple-Rafting the Copper River at Miles Lake bedrooms.
We have Tipi's for those who would enjoy sleeping next to a fire. We provide a continental breakfast for those staying in the Lodge and from May 20th to September 15th we have the Carriage House Restaurant open in the evenings serving everything from a burger to halibut. The food is awesome! We also have a tavern called The Trappers Den where you can fill your cocktail fancy.
Copper River Valley Alaska Fishing Guides
Our Copper River Valley Alaska fishing guides services customers on the Gulkana, and Klutina Rivers of South Central Alaska fishing predominently for Kings, Sockeye, Rainbows, and Grayling. We can also help you setup a Halibut Charter in Valdez. We are located adjacent Wrangell St. Elias National Park and in the heart of the Copper River Valley. We are located at the confluence of the Gakona and Copper Rivers. We are not necessarily a destination spot but an opportunity for travelers in Alaska to stop by and catch fish while staying at a very historic lodge and visiting the extraordinary beauty and sites offered in the area.
For those interested in fishing...this is true Alaska fishing... You will not be competing for a spot on the river! And... the fishing is fantastic! Our guides will work hard to insure your success.
We fish, when you want... and how you want... this is your adventure!
Copper River Valley Alaska Fishing Trips
The Klutina River is accessed via the Richardson Highway about 12 miles south of Glennallen. The Klutina River has good runs of both Alaska King (chinook) salmon and the world famous Copper Red (sockeye) salmon. The Klutina provides excellent opportunities to catch sockeye salmon! The river is glacial and swift which produces ideal red salmon fishing opportunities. The salmon run close to the shore to avoid the main current of the river. The more productive fishing spots include fishing at one of the two bridge crossings on the highway system; or one of the many river access points along the road to the Klutina Lake. The road to Klutina Lake is rough in areas, particulary further up toward the lake. There are many Guides that offer jet boat service for kings, but there is also hike accessible access to the confluence on the downstream side of the confluence with the Copper River. In addition, the rough road leading to the Klutina Lake has side roads and trails that lead to the river. Typically, the farther up toward the lake one travels the better the fishing opportunity for landing kings. Please be aware that Ahtna Incorporated (a native corporation) owns much of the property surrounding the river. Please respect their property rights.
The Gulkana River is accessed via the Richardson Highway, just north of the town of Glennallen or adjacent Gakona Lodge. The Gulkana is known for its excellent grayling fishing and also has respectible runs of both Alaska King (chinook) salmon and the world famous Copper Red (sockeye) salmon. Rainbow trout are also present in the Gulkana River. There are 83 miles of Gulkana River between Paxon Lake and the Richardson Highway bridge.
Roads and trails departing the Richardson Highway provide access to portions of the river. Floating the 50 mile stretch from Paxon Lake to Sourdough is the best way to access the upper section of river, but there are also two trails about 7 miles long that provide access to this section as well. Near Mile Marker 169, the Meirs Lake, Middle Fork trail takes off and leads to the confluence of the Middle Fork. Near Mile Marker 161, the Haggard Creek trail leads to the Canyon Rapids section of the Gulkana. Easier access via the road system is on the lower part of the river at the following areas: Richardson Highway bridge, near mile marker 127; Pull out near mile marker 129 with a trail leading a little over a mile to the river; Sailers Pit access road that leads 1 mile to the river just past mile marker 129; just before mile marker 137, a gravel road leads a little over 1/4 mile to the river; one-half mile short of mile marker 140, there is a pull out with a trail that leads approximately one-half mile to the river; Sourdough campground road is accessed off the Richardson Highway mid-way between mile markers 147 and 148. Jet boats access the river from this campground and mainly travel upriver in salmon season.Â Gakona Lodge has access to the mouth via the Lodge.
Valdez Alaska Fishing Trips
Valdez Alaska on a clear day is one of the most scenic towns in Alaska! The drive from Gakona Lodge (16 miles north of Glennallen) down to Valdez is spectacular as well featuring snow capped mountains, glaciers, and magnificent water falls!
Towards the middle of August the Silver Salmon start running. It is a great opportunity for extraordinary action.
There are two primary ways to fish Valdez:
- Go to Allison Point and fish for pink salmon or silver (coho) salmon. In season, both provide incredible action from the bank!
- Hire a charter to take you fishing out toward where Prince William Sound meets the Gulf of Alaska. Tip: It's a long ride - hire a charter with a fast boat! Halibut, Rockfish, and Cod are the primary species targeted by charter boats. Charters out of Valdez also offer overnight trips for salmon shark. We would be happy to assist you with a Guide
Let us be your choice for a wonderful Copper River Valley Alaska fishing trip!