King Salmon, Alaska

Rapids Camp

King Salmon, Alaska

Rapids Camp

Why We Like It

This is daily fly-out fishing at its finest. Rapids Camp is located at the epicenter of the famous Bristol Bay “leopard” rainbow trout fishery, and right on the banks of the Naknek River. Lodge guests can simply walk from breakfast to a private dock where multiple boats and a fleet of planes are ready to shuffle anglers to a new river each day. This is the place and the way to access the most legendary rivers in Alaska, including the Naknek, Nushagak, Brooks, Battle, Moraine, Kvichak, American and Big Ku, among others. Your 30-plus-inch leopard rainbow swims here! Easy to reach from Anchorage.


June - November


Arctic Char, Chum, Grayling, King Salmon, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Silver Salmon, Sockeye


The beautiful main lodge provides great views of the Naknek River and offers eight spacious single-occupancy rooms, each with a private bath. A separate house—“The House on The Hill”—can accommodates groups of two to four.



Lodge Features & Amenities

Amazing Food

Beginner Friendly

Corporate Friendly

Couples Friendly

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The Rapids Camp Experience

You can rack up big numbers during a week-long stay at Rapids Camp. The question isn’t how many fish you’ll catch. It’s more about how your arms and wrists hold up after fighting so many rainbows, char/dolly varden and salmon . . . and how much more tape you want to wrap around the line-burns on your fingers! Bristol Bay is the land of plenty and you will catch plenty here.
Rainbows are the primary target and you will find intriguing options no matter when you visit. In June and July one of the most exciting events takes place when big rainbows crash smolt in the Naknek River just upstream from the lodge. Later, when the salmon arrive, rainbows chow down on eggs. In late summer and fall these fish feed on flesh that tears off salmon in the deterioration process. At any time of the season, fishing mice imitations on the surface or nymph patterns underneath is also an option.
It’s not all about big rainbows at Rapids Camp. King salmon are available in June and July and Rapids Camp offers one of the best king programs in the area. Wave after wave of sockeye, chums, pinks follow those kings. Silvers arrive in August and keep anglers busy through the end of the season in late September. Grayling also are present, and by late August you might catch some of the most beautifully colored Arctic char you’ve ever seen.
Fishing Schedule
Guests help plan each day depending on the species they want to target and the suggestions of guides. Coffee is on at the main lodge around 6:30 a.m., and breakfast follows at 7. After breakfast guests “gear up” and then walk to the float plane dock to either climb into a boat or onto a plane to begin the day. You will either boat or fly to an outstanding piece of water, fish all morning, take lunch on the banks of the river, then fish through the rest of the day, returning to the lodge for appetizers and dinner in the evening. Rest and repeat.
Planes, Boats and Equipment
Anglers use high-quality jet boats to access the Naknek River. Rapids Camp also has jet boats on several other rivers, which are accessed via short flights on the lodge’s airplanes, which include two de Havilland Beavers and a turbo Otter.

The lodge rests on a 60-acre private compound on the banks of the Naknek River. Eight single-occupancy rooms each offer a private bath and access to all of the lodge’s amenities, including a hot tub, an exercise room, the lodge bar, a reading room, and satellite TV. The lodge also offers a guest house, called “The House On The Hill” that accommodates groups of two to four.
Rapids Camp’s menu features the freshest ingredients flown in daily from Anchorage. Meals include fine meats, like duck, Kobe beef, venison, halibut and a variety of salmon. Lunches may include salmon, sometimes cooked on the banks of the river you’re fishing. Five-star experience in a comfortable and casual setting.
Wifi available throughout camp and in private rooms.

Rapids Camp focuses on fishing but non-angling companions can take part in a variety of activities, ranging from bear viewing at Brooks Falls, to checking out King Salmon and Naknek and the commercial fisheries that occur there, to hiking local trails. Scenic flights over the wild Alaska landscape, including the Valley of 10,000 Smokes, is part of the daily equation.

Guests can fly into Anchorage International Airport prior to 12 p.m. on the first day of their trip and then fly from Anchorage to King Salmon via Rapids Camp’s private aircraft, a Pilatus PC-12. If guests can’t arrive prior to 12 p.m. on the first day of their trip they should fly to Anchorage the day prior to their trip and overnight at the Captain Cook or Inlet Towers hotels. Upon landing in King Salmon Rapids Camp staff will meet the Pilatus and transfer guests to the lodge in a shuttle van. The drive is about 15 minutes. Guests can get settled into their rooms and familiarize themselves with the camp setting. At the end of your trip, departure to Anchorage occurs after breakfast, weather permitting. All flights out of Anchorage should be scheduled any time after 6 p.m.

A typical trip is seven nights lodging and six days of fly out fishing (Friday to Friday schedule).
7 Nights/6 Days $11,495 per person
4 Nights/3 Days $8,995 per person

Our prices include round-trip airfare from Anchorage to King Salmon, guided fly-out fishing each day (weather permitting), single-occupancy lodging, all meals, beer and wine and loaner fishing gear. Also included are the use of all amenities—hot tub, satellite television, weight room, etc. Rapids Camp is all catch and release on rainbow trout but allows some retention of salmon. They will ship your fish from Alaska to your doorstep in the continental United States.
Airfare to Anchorage; fishing licenses; guide and staff tips; lodging in Anchorage

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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