The Alagnak River has long been renowned as one of the finest sport fishing rivers in Alaska, and is home to strong runs of all five species of pacific salmon, unusual even in Alaska. The five species of salmon each have their own natural schedule, but with plenty of overlap.
The Alagnak River system drains westward from the mountainous region bordering Kamishak Bay in Cook Inlet, Alaska. The approximately 1,400 square mile Alagnak River system lies south of the Kvichak River system and north of the Naknek River system. Upstream the Alagnak River system contains four major lakes, two rivers and many well-known streams and creeks such as the Funnel, Moraine, Battle and Kulick. Kukaklek and Battle Lakes are drained by the Alagnak River and Nonvianuk and Kulik Lakes are drained by the Nonvianuk River, which flows into the Alagnak River.
With the exception of the last 7 miles, all this drainage lies within the Kaitmai National Park and Preserve and the Alagnak Wild River Corridor. The last 7 miles of the lands abutting the river and some within the Corridor are mostly owned by the Levelock Native Corporation and a few parcels by individual members of the Levelock Native Corp and a very few non-native landowners. There is virtually no development or agricultural activity of any kind in this entire drainage system. The Alagnak River is and will remain free of any pollutants dangerous to fish. This whole drainage system is a true pristine Alaska wilderness.
The Alagnak Lodge is located in the tidal section of the river about 5 miles inland from the mouth. We are about 25 miles north of the town of King Salmon, Alaska, and about 300 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska.
As well as our prime tidewater location on the Alagnak River, our central location in the Bristol Bay watershed opens up many possibilities for fly outs, most within 45 minutes flight time of the lodge.
Why is Tidewater Important?
For freshwater salmon fishing, there is a simple rule…the closer you are to the ocean, the fresher the fish, and the better the fishing. Pacific salmon stop feeding when they enter fresh water, and face a journey upriver that will gradually deplete their energy reserves. As they work their way upriver, their bodies start to deteriorate as they prepare for spawning. Many visitors travel to Alaska each year searching for the experience of fishing salmon renowned for their strength and spectacular leaps. If this is what you are looking for in your Alaska fishing adventure, then make sure you are fishing in tidewater!
Why is the Alagnak River so special?
The exceptional quality of the Alagnak River watershed fish populations can be attributed to several factors, the most important of which is the watershed’s high-quality and diverse aquatic habitats unaltered by structures or flow management controls. Surface and sub surface waters are highly connected, enabling hydro-logical and biochemical connectivity between wetlands, ponds, streams and rivers and thereby increasing the diversity and stability of habitats able to support fish. High aquatic habitat diversity also supports the high genetic diversity of fish populations. The return of spawning salmon brings marine derived nutrients into the watershed and fuels both aquatic and land food webs. The Alagnak is one of the very few watersheds blessed with the perfect stream bed attributes that facilitate the spawning of all the salmon species.