This subject comes up often. People who have never been Trophy Rainbow Trout fishing at Alaska Rainbow Lodge ask, “What is the best travel plan to get to and from the lodge?” After 50 years here in Alaska, here’s the best itinerary we can suggest.

The day before you come to the lodge

Fly into Anchorage the day before your trip. Most of our guests stay downtown at the Hilton, Marriott, or Holiday Inn hotels. (Downtown is about a 15-minute cab ride from the airport.) Anchorage has some great restaurants like Sullivan’s, Glacier Brewhouse and Simon & Seaforts, all within walking distance from your hotel. There is also plenty of shopping, great museums, bars and theaters close by.

The next day

The next day, take a cab back to the airport and catch the noon flight to King Salmon, AK. This flight is about an hour and ten minutes long.

Which airline to use
King Salmon has flight service from Anchorage on two airlines: Alaska Airlines and Penn Air – their contact information is on our website. We strongly recommend Alaska Airlines for two simple reasons: You probably won’t be delayed by weather and all your bags will get onto the big jet. And the quicker you get here, the faster we can put you on some huge Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char, King Salmon, Silver Salmon and Grayling.

Arrive in King Salmon

When you arrive in King Salmon, our pilots will be waiting at the airport to take you by van about one mile to the Naknek River where our floatplanes are moored. We’ll load you and your gear onto the plane, and in about 45 minutes, land on the Kvichak River in front of Alaska Rainbow Lodge.

Going home

The return leg of your trip back to Anchorage begins at about 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. in the morning, mostly dependent on when your flights are scheduled. Don’t worry! We will get you back to King Salmon on time to make your flight to Anchorage. Once you’re back in Anchorage, you may take a connecting flight home that same day. But you can also stay overnight in Anchorage to explore the city some more.

I hope this helps you when making your travel plans. And it’s never too early to make your travel plans to ensure you get exactly what you need and when you need it. As always, call me if you have any questions.

Tight lines my friends,
Ron Hayes