Bristol Bay, Alaska

Kulik Lodge, Katmai National Park

Bristol Bay, Alaska

Kulik Lodge, Katmai National Park

Why We Like It

Kulik Lodge is one of the best operations in the Katmai region. The Kulik River, right out the back door, ranks as one of the region’s top rainbow trout streams with each cast possibly leading to a 20- to 30-inch rainbow in the net. Guests here get first shot at it every day, either by jetboat or a short walk to the water. Short daily fly-outs with highly experienced pilots take guests to an array of quality trout creeks and rivers, including the Moraine, American, Little Ku, and Battle. This variety allows anglers to tailor trips to their specific desires. The newly renovated cabins are exceedingly cozy and a few two-room options are available as well. Rich in history, Kulik is widely regarded as Bristol Bay’s first dedicated fly-out lodge and has set a standard of service since opening in 1950. It has its own airstrip and fleet of planes including two Pilatus PC-12s that comfortably ferry anglers from Anchorage to the lodge and back. This is a well-oiled operation that knows how to get anglers into big fish in very remote places.

Season

June - September

Species

Coho Salmon, Dolly Varden, Grayling, King Salmon, Lake Trout, Pike, Rainbow Trout, Sockeye Salmon

Accomodations

Guests stay in cozy one- or two-bedroom cabins surrounding a classic Alaskan lodge built from native spruce. It's a place where you can kick up your feet and enjoy roaring fires and rich fish stories.

Occupancy

24

Lodge Features & Amenities

Amazing Food

Beginner Friendly

Couples Friendly

Diehard Approved

Fly Shop Onsite

High Value

Remote Location

Rental Equipment

Wi-Fi

The Kulik Lodge, Katmai National Park Experience

All fly fishers fit in here, whether traveling as a single, pair, entire family, or corporate group. For those who want to really savor the lodge experience and not travel far to the fishing grounds, this location is ideal. Right out the door you’re only minutes from Kulik and Nonvianuk lakes and the Kulik River. Lake trout, sockeye salmon, Dolly Varden and, of course, rainbow trout are the main draws. For those wanting additional variety and adventure, short fly-outs can be arranged each day. Want to fish five rivers in five days? You can do that. Want to visit Brooks Falls or Moraine Creek to view the bears? Done deal. You choose your experience here.

Any downtime can be spent in the lodge’s great room where massive moose antlers hang above a stone fireplace and salmon mounts and historic images adorn adjacent walls. Grab a book or sit down at the fly tying table and enjoy the Alaskan experience. All meals are served here, too, with guests mingling in with guides and fellow patrons to discuss the day’s fishing and formulate plans for the following. And don’t worry about going hungry—drinks and hors d’oeuvres are served in the bar area, as well as custom to-order breakfasts. Lunches are served at the lodge or on the water. Dinners are delivered to the dining room table and may include salmon, halibut, shrimp, steak, pasta, and salads.

The Kulik River is one of Alaska’s best rainbow trout streams. Guests at the lodge get to fish it any day they choose, usually following an easy three-minute jetboat ride or a five-minute walk to the river. During Alaska’s nearly endless summer daylight, guests may fish as early or late as they choose—if they have enough energy after daily guided excursions. Kulik is ideally situated for daily fly-out fishing options too and provides quick access to many of Alaska’s most productive rainbow trout waters. The lodge stores jetboats on many of these streams so anglers can simply step out of a floatplane, climb into a boat, and start fishing.

Fishing Schedule
Guests wake early for a built-to-order breakfast then meet their guides on the beach in front of the lodge. You’ll either load into a jetboat for a day on the Kulik or other nearby streams or climb into one of Kulik’s fleet of floatplanes and enjoy an amazing flight to other legendary waters. Packed lunches are most often served on the water and you’re right back to fishing. At days end, lodge staff greets guests with a drink as you get off the floatplane. Anglers fishing via jetboat need only walk up to the lodge for their favorite libation.

Boats and Equipment
Jetboats are the name of the game here and are used whether fishing streams or the area’s numerous lakes. Kulik’s incredible collection of bushplanes will get you anywhere else. Bristol Adventures, Kulik’s parent company, also owns Katmai Air, which means this fleet is superbly maintained and ready for takeoff.

Loaner Gear

Anglers can use the lodges fishing gear if needed, which includes waders, boots, fly rods and reels, and all leaders, tippet and flies. 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.

Kulik’s newly remodeled cabins sleep two guests very comfortably. The addition of several new two-room cabins makes it easy for larger parties to spend quality time together. Each cabin has a heating unit that’s very efficient at keeping the rooms warm, electricity, and private bath and shower. Each cabin offers views of Nonvianuk Lake and the beautiful lodge grounds. Space to hang and dry waders is plentiful. A short walk from the cabin places you at the main lodge, built out of local spruce around a massive stone fireplace surrounded couches and chairs. Meals are served at the main lodge next to a bar that opens when anglers returns from fishing. And what fly fishing lodge is complete without a fly tying table? A hot tub and sauna are also available any time. 

Cuisine
Expect to eat classic Alaskan meals that include wild salmon, halibut, scallops, prawns, steaks, potatoes, pasta, homemade breads, salads, and smoked meats. You will not go hungry here. Made-to-order breakfasts and coffee start the day. Lunches are served on the water or back at the lodge depending on a guest’s preference. Dinners are served when all guests have returned from their day of adventure. The staff here truly takes pride in making your meals great.

Connectivity
Wi-Fi is available in the main lodge. Streaming services are limited and reliability depends on the number of guests who are online at any given time. However, Kulik’s bandwidth easily handles e-mail, social media, and messaging. A telephone is available at the main office/store.

Kulik is a fishing lodge first, but fly-outs to Brooks Falls and the famous Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes are available. In July, flights to Brooks are free for Kulik guests. These flights are also available in June and August for a standard fly-out rate. These bear viewing trips are unguided, but Kulik’s sister lodge, Brooks Lodge, provides a bear orientation when guests land. During summer, guests at Kulik see plenty of bears and other wildlife, including moose, otters, waterfowl, and eagles. Lynx sometimes visit the lodge grounds.

Getting to Kulik is easy. Simply arrive in Anchorage ahead of the scheduled flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays to board one of their private, pressurized Pilatus PC-12 aircraft for an hour flight Kulik Lodge. Upon arrival at the lodge’s private airstrip you’ll be greeted by the staff, shuttled by van to the main lodge, and then shown to your room. Note: Each guest is limited to 50 pounds of luggage, including carry-ons.

2022 Rates
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 air travel from Anchorage (ANC) to Kulik Lodge
  • Daily guided fishing
  • All meals and complimentary cocktails
  • National Park fees
  • Rods/reels and waders/boots (if needed)

Not Included:

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

Bookings are confirmed with a 50% 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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