Katmai National Park, Alaska

Grosvenor Lodge

Katmai National Park, Alaska

Grosvenor Lodge

What we like

Want your own piece of Alaska for a week, with two gorgeous lakes and one of the most impressive trout streams on the planet in your backyard? If so, Grosvenor is the place to be. Grosvenor is, in fact, the only lodge located on either Grosvenor or Coville lakes and is the only operation that accesses legendary American Creek without a plane—when other lodges are grounded by weather, Grosvenor guests get American to themselves. In addition, Grosvenor provides some spectacular rainbow trout and lake trout fishing from a narrow spit of land that divides the two lakes. Guests can fish before breakfast or after dinner, often casting to lake trout that crash salmon fry on the surface. We also love the setting—Grosvenor consists of three rustic and quaint cabins, with shared, yet private bath facilities, plus a cookhouse and a main lodge. The buildings are part of a concession within the park and maintained for a historic feel. The guest cabins are sprinkled in the tall, green grass and surrounded by beautiful birch and willows. Occasionally a bear or moose strolls through the grounds. Fishing is never farther than 15 yards away. Small groups and families thrive here.

Season

June - November

Species

Dolly Varden, Lake Trout, Pike, Rainbow Trout

Accomodations

Rustic and quaint two bedroom cabins with shared bath facilities, and a classic main lodge.

Occupancy

6

Lodge Features & Amenities

Amazing Food

Beginner Friendly

Couples Friendly

Remote Location

Wi-Fi

The Grosvenor Lodge Experience

As mentioned, Grosvenor is a concession within Katmai National Park and is maintained for an authentic Alaska feel. When fishing at Grosvenor guests rarely see other anglers and are afforded quick access to American Creek. In addition, Grosvenor is the only lodge that has jet boat access to Hardscrabble Creek, which is one of the wildest locations you might ever throw a fly. Hardscrabble hosts a healthy population of large dolly varden and scenery galore. While the accommodations lack in modernity, they make up for in style. Think trappers cabins with bunk beds on one side and a single bed on the other. Shared baths with private toilets and showers are located next to the cabins. Breakfasts and dinners are taken in the cookhouse and are five-star quality with salmon, beef tenderloin and the occasional lake trout on the menu. This is an intimate setting where guests and staff work closely together.

Variety is the deal here, but Alaska’s fabled leopard rainbows are the most sought after species. The rainbows reside in the lakes during winter and spring and move into the streams in late May and June. At that time big rainbows rise to mouse patterns, along with legitimate caddis and mayfly hatches. They also take salmon fry, either dead-drifted or twitched in the surface film. The rainbows average better than 20 inches long with real possibilities of getting a 28-to 30-inch fish. When sockeye salmon arrive, usually before the end of June, the rainbows focus on the eggs from those spawning fish. Anglers simply drift bead patterns behind the salmon to pick off those big rainbows. Dolly varden also are present and they’ll take leeches and nymphs. They range to 30 inches with the average fish going about 22 inches long. In the early season they are bright and fresh from the lakes; as summer progresses these fish gain their spawning colors and become orangish/yellow with developed kypes and white-tipped fins. Grosvenor and Coville lakes also produce lake trout, including fish that stretch to 20 pounds or more. Fly fishers concentrate on lakers that range between three and six pounds, often casting to them from shore near the lodge. As summer progresses these fish move to deeper water where they can be targeted with fast-sinking lines. 

Fishing Schedule
There’s no rush here—it’s not like you need to beat other anglers to the prime spots. Instead, you get up early, with breakfast being served around 7 a.m. Then you’re off with a guide to fish for rainbows, pike, dollies and/or lake trout. If you choose to fish rainbows on American Creek your entire day will be spent there, either fishing the lower end using a jet boat for access, or beaching the boat and hiking into the “braids” where you can sight-fish to large rainbows in a pocket-water sort of setting. Likewise, if you choose to fish Hardscrabble Creek or northern pike in the Grosvenor Lake outlet, you’ll spend most of the day, in not all day, in that area. You can fish from the narrow spit of land that the lodge rests on at any time, morning or evening, with the possibility of catching a northern pike, rainbow or lake trout. Early in the season, meaning June through mid July, it hardly gets dark so you can fish until you drop.

Boats and Equipment
Jet boats are the name of the game here.

Loaner Gear
Grosvenor can outfit all guests with rods, reels, fly lines, flies, and terminal tackle (leader, tippet, etc. Waders and boots are also available for use, which allows guests to save on bulk when traveling to and from the lodge. You will need to bring your own high quality rain jacket. If you bring your own wading boots, remember, felt soled boots are not allowed in Alaska. The lodge restricts metal cleats.

Quaint, cozy and rustic says it all. Three guests cabins are nestled in tall, green grass and surrounded by birch and alder trees. They rest on a narrow spit of land that divides Grosvenor Lake from Colville Lake. Fishing is never farther away than a 15 yard walk. Each cabin has heat and electricity and includes one twin-size bed and a twin-sized bunk bed. A recently renovated bathhouse is just steps away from the guest cabins and features two private restrooms with showers.

The main lodge is a classic Alaska structure, built in the Pan Adobe-style. It offers a fireplace, a couch, lounge chairs, a fly tying desk and an open bar where complimentary cocktails can be made each evening. The lodge offers a beautiful view of Colville Lake where you may see rainbows and lake trout crashing salmon fry.

The main lodge is just steps away from the kitchen and dining area where guests and lodge staff share meals around a large dining table with views of Grosvenor Lake.

Cuisine

An excellent variety of hors d’oeuvres are served in the lodge before guests walk to the dining room for outstanding Alaska-style meals. Salmon, lake trout, steaks, robust salads, bread and pasta are often on the menu. Eggs, bacon, oatmeal and coffee, among other offerings, make up breakfasts here. Lunches are served on the water or in the lodge, depending on the guests’ schedules. You won’t go hungry here.

Connectivity

Grosvenor is located in a very remote area of Katmai National Park, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay connected. Wi-Fi is available at the lodge when the generator is in operation. Streaming services are severely limited, but messaging, e-mail and social media accounts can be used. A lodge phone is available if needed.

Grosvenor is a fishing lodge first, but non anglers can schedule fly-outs to Brooks Falls for bear viewing or The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. On site, non-anglers have plenty of photography options with moose, bears, and a variety of birds frequently sighted.

Despite being so remote, getting to Grosvenor is pretty easy. Depending on where your trip originates, you my have to overnight in Anchorage. In either case, your Grosvenor experience begins at the headquarters of Katmai Air. There you board a pressurized Pilatus PC-12 aircraft and fly for an hour to Kulik Lodge (Grosvenor’s sister lodge). Upon arrival at Kulik you’ll be greeted by lodge staff and shuttled by van to the main lodge building. There you can eat lunch, grab a cup of coffee and wander the grounds if you’d like. Soon after, you’ll climb aboard a Katmai Air floatplane for a short and extremely beautiful 20-minute flight to Grosvenor Lodge. Each guest is limited to 50 pounds of luggage, including carry-ons.

2022 Rates Arrival and departure days on Tuesday and Saturday only
3 Nights / 3 Fishing Days: $3,745.00 per person
4 Nights / 4 Fishing Days: $4,745.00 per person
7 Nights / 7 Fishing Days: $6,745.00 per person

Guided Fly Outs Per Day, Per Person
$475.00 (book at lodge)

Included:

  • The number of nights lodging as specified in the package (double occupancy)
  • Round trip airfare from Anchorage (ANC) to Grosvenor Lodge
  • Daily guided fishing
  • All meals and complimentary cocktails at Grosvenor
  • National Park fees
  • Rods and waders (if needed)

Not Included:

  • Airfare to Anchorage, Alaska (ANC)
  • Daily fly-out fishing (can be arranged at the lodge)
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Alaska Sportfishing License (purchase online in advance)

Bookings are confirmed with a 50 percent deposit, made no later than seven days after booking a trip. Balance must be received no later than 90 days prior to the first day of the trip. Notification of cancellation must be received 90 days prior to the first day of the trip in order to receive partial or full credit for an alternate date. All payments are final and nonrefundable, with the exception of a medical or family emergency, deemed reasonable at GFFI’s discretion.

Booking a trip or making a deposit represents that the client accepts all terms and conditions. GFFI’s terms are in addition to any terms and conditions of each individual lodge that GFFI represents. Please read those terms carefully—lodge terms, which may differ from GFFI’s terms, supersede any agreements between GFFI and a client.

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