Welcome to salmon paradise
You won’t need a coat and tie to wear to dinner, nor will you have to worry about tracking mud on the carpet. No one will be offended by your cigar smoke or your drink spilled laughing around the campfire. You will catch fish till your arms are sore and your back aches, and you’ll take home a box of Kanektok treasure for your efforts. Welcome to Alaska!
The Kanektok is a fish factory. With runs of all five species of Pacific salmon, rainbow trout, Dolly Varden and grayling, the river provides a great mix of quantity and variety. Our location on the river, 5.5 miles from its mouth, puts us in a unique position to sample the variety the river has to offer.
Downriver from our camp is the larger water, including the long gravel bars where the kings hold, the deep snaggy channels where the big rainbows lie, the backwaters that load with silvers and the tidewaters full of salmon fresh from the salt. Upriver from our camp, the river makes a transition to smaller water, side channels and tributaries. These sections allow hiking up channels for rainbows, targeting salmon in smaller water, making day-long drifts fishing for “anything” and working extremely productive dolly flats.
Our season at Alaska West on the Kanektok River is only 12 weeks long, but things change quickly during that period. Summer in Western Alaska is short! A lot happens between on the river between May and September – ice goes out, runoff comes and goes, five salmon species enter the river and spawn, rainbows, dollies and grayling have a feast on salmon eggs and flesh and before you know it the days are short and the morning frost has returned.
If you’re planning a trip to the Kanektok, it’s important to understand the river’s run timing – this chart will help. From mid-June to mid-July, king salmon are the most popular target, with rainbow fishing picking up in July as well. The second half of July provides a shot at the salmon grand slam (all five species, all on flies, in one day), and the most varied rainbow fishing. In August and early September, silver mania sweeps the Kanektok and the trout just keep getting fatter as fall arrives. It’s at least three fisheries in one – take your pick!
Our season is only 12 weeks long, but things change quickly during that period.
From mid-June to mid-July, king salmon are the most popular target, with rainbow fishing picking up in July as well. The second half of July provides a shot at the salmon grand slam (all five species, all on flies, in one day), and the most varied rainbow fishing. In August through the beginning of September, silver mania sweeps the Kanektok and the trout just keep getting fatter as fall arrives.
It’s at least three fisheries in one – take your pick!
Comfortable, Casual Accommodations
Anglers sleep in heated tents with carpeted wooden floors. Our dining tent gives plenty of room to spread out, relax and enjoy our Alaska Gourmet cuisine.
We provide showers and sinks with hot and cold running water, and our outhouse facilities are cleaned and emptied every day.
If you’re looking for white linen tablecloths, you should look elsewhere. If you’re looking for a very comfortable place to spend the week fishing, relaxing and enjoying a little corner of Alaska, you’ve come to the right place.
We call our facility a “tent lodge.” It is made up of a combination of permanent and semi-permanent structures, and is designed to combine comfortable living, eating and lounging areas with a location right on top of a phenomenal river. Dining Tent
The dining tent is a spacious 24′x 60′ heated structure with wood floors and is always kept neat and clean. Our kitchen has the state of the art equipment such as gas ranges, convection oven, microwave, refrigerators and freezers. Lounge Tent
The lounge is great place to relax after a full day of fishing. This large heated tent is furnished with comfortable chairs and tables. At your disposal are a refrigerator with cool soda, juices and mixers, poker chips with cards, board games, dart board, magazines, books, map board, telephone, satellite television and an online camp computer. We also have a fly tying bench with a limited supply of fly tying materials and vises.
After returning from your day’s fishing adventure this tent serves as a place for you to hang your wet waders, coats, boots and anything else you don’t want wet or dirty in your sleeping quarters. Gazebo/Viewing Deck
This split-level wood structure has a great river view. The bottom area is open-air and enclosed with fine mesh bug screen. This is a great place to sit and enjoy the midnight sun without being bothered by our little biting buddies. Directly above is the viewing deck. Bring your camera– the sunsets can be breathtaking! Showers and Restrooms/Outhouses
Our showers have hot and cold running water with a sink basin and chair. They are cleaned daily. Our restrooms are indeed outhouses. They too are cleaned daily and they are strategically located near your tent cabin. Tent Cabins/Sleeping Quarters
Your heated tent cabin is furnished with two single beds with full bedding and pillow, clean shower linen, nightstand, hang-down bug net, lantern, carpeted floor and clothes hangers. Our housekeeping staff will come through daily to make beds, empty trash and tidy up to ensure your new home stays neat and clean.