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Rapids Camp is one of Alaska’s best Fly Fishing Lodges. Have you ever wanted to visit an easy to reach lodge with unbelievable trophy Trout fishing? Where you can turn up with a bag of clothes and nothing else. Somewhere that provides all the fishing tackle you could need. Prefer to have your own space when returning to the lodge? How about having your private single room? If the answers are yes, then Rapids Camp is the perfect solution. 

One of the great beauties of Rapids Camp is that you can show up with just your fishing clothes and not worry about any fishing tackle. The lodge has you covered with everything from breathable waders and rubber-soled boots. Spey rods reels, lines, and flies. Rapids Camp has it all, and it’s all included for free. You are always welcome to bring your tackle and flies but is optional. Another advantage is when you stay at Rapids Camp, you can design your day trips. There are no set itineraries that you have to follow. The Rapids Camp team makes recommendations based on your goals and desires each night. It allows you to choose where you want to go the next day. 


Rapids Camp sits right on the bank of the famous Naknek River only 7 miles upstream from the town of King Salmon which is just a 15-minute drive from the airport. The lodge sits on the Naknek River, which in addition to having some excellent Salmon fishing is one of Alaska’s most prolific trophy Rainbow Trout systems. Most importantly, the lodge has a very strategic location when it comes to accessing the enormous range of fishing opportunities. There is everything from the home waters of the Naknek River, plus incredible fishing on Kulik River, Moraine Creek, Battle Creek, Little Ku, The secret Smokey River, and the Nushagak River. Rapids Camp also offers excellent access to the Alaska Peninsula. One of the state’s most remote and intriguing areas. This slender landmass extends nearly 500 miles southwest. Along its westerly course, snowcapped volcanoes rise upwards from sea level. In their shadow, anglers find some of the least-visited Pacific salmon, large Char, and trophy Grayling fisheries in the state.


Salmon fishing is why most anglers come to Alaska. One of the lodge’s favourite things to do is expose anglers to all five species of Alaskan Salmon. As far as the fishing for Rainbow Trout, Fish Alaska Magazine chose the Naknek River as the number 1 Trophy Rainbow River in Alaska. Located just downstream of the famous “rapids” of the Naknek River. Rapids Camp Lodge has some of the most unforgettable trophy Rainbow Trout fly fishing. Just mere minutes from the dock. The local rapids section of the Naknek River is especially good early and late in the season. The camp holds excellent appeal to anglers who like to fly fish in a traditional Steelhead fashion with Spey rods. Naknek River is one of Alaska’s Sockeye superhighways. With annual returns of Sockeye nearing 5,000,000 fish, it supplies the greater Katmai Park region with the biomass to support rainbow Trout of epic proportions.

Each night you will talk to your guide for the following day to make arrangements of where and when you wish to fish. Your guide will make recommendations based on both your target species, how you want to fish, and your abilities. Fishing each day is based on just two anglers per one guide. The fishing venues vary widely from days spent fishing from jet-powered aluminium boats to raft trips. There are also walk and wade venues to remote locations that are best suited to the physically fit. At times you will fish from boats, but the majority is done fly fishing while wading. 

Rapids Camp

Rapids Camp operates a fleet of aircraft which includes three De Havilland Beavers and one De Havilland Turbine Otter. The highest seat to the customer ratio of any fly-out lodge in Alaska means you wait only on the weather. You are given the highest possible number of angling options as detailed below. Kulik River has long been one of the region’s most famous rivers. It is a short, broad, easy-to-wade river system loaded with Rainbow Trout. Battle Creek is an easily waded, low gradient tributary of Kukaklek Lake. Although the lake is small, this does not reflect the size of the fish here. With gin-clear waters and fantastic sight fishing opportunities, it’s easy to see why this river continues to be high on our customer’s priority list.

Rainbow Trout

The Moraine Creek and its principal tributary Funnel Creek receive huge returns of Sockeye Salmon. As a result, it creates impressive numbers of monster Rainbow Trout. The Little Ku River is another Kukaklek tributary that has easy walk-in access and great opportunities to sight fish for Rainbow Trout and Dollies. Rapids Camp also runs trips to one of its secret locations fondly referred to as Smokey. For customers wanting to spey fish and experience the pull of a big King Salmon. With no crowds, fantastic swinging water, and lots of action from willing Kings and Chums, Smokey is a winner.

Depending on where you are fishing each day, lunch is usually sandwiches, salads, hot soup, cookies, fruit, sweets, crisps, etc. Alternatively, you can opt for a classic shore lunch. Just let your guide know the night before. If you are fishing on the Naknek River home water, expect a nice hot lunch back at the lodge.

Although anglers who visit Rapids Camp are targeting Salmon and Trout, there’s a lot more on offer. Let’s say you’ve worn your arms out catching so many fish and are looking for something else to do. You can fly to Geographic Harbour, where boats are waiting to fish Kodiak Island or Geographic Harbour. You will head out into Larsen Bay and catch fresh Herring. After you land some Herring, the guides will take you out to sea for a full day of deep-sea fishing for monster Halibut.


The guides at Rapids Camp all speak perfectly good English and know the area very well. Allowing you to experience the best fishing possible while staying at this lodge. All the lodge guides will have all the fly tippet material and fly that you could require for your days fishing. All our guides are expert casters, more than willing to help with any fishing tuition or questions you may have. All you have to do is ask them, and they will gladly assist.

Other activities

If you’re looking for more events, Rapids Camp Lodge provides a wide variety of ecotype activities. These include flightseeing of the regions many glaciers, volcanoes and wildlife viewing. There are also activities such as the best bear viewing in the world, clam digging, and beachcombing. These activities make Rapids Camp the ideal location to bring along your non Angling Partner

Contact Us

Contact us if you have any questions regarding our Rapids Camp fly fishing holidays or any of our fly fishing vacations. Please call us on 01603 407596, Our experienced team will be happy to help with any queries you have. Are you looking to explore more of our fishing holidays? Make sure to view all our alternative fly fishing destinations in Alaska and request a free brochure.

Rapids Camp

Situated on 60 acres of riverfront property on the banks of the famous Naknek River just downstream from the famous rapids sits the lodge. In addition to the main lodge, there is also a detached private home originally built for the owner which is now also available as accommodation and is perfect for private groups.

The Lodge

Rapids Camp is a casual but well-appointed lodge that can accommodate a max of 10 guests per week in single rooms that all come with private bathrooms. The main lounge area provides comfortable couches with stunning views over the river through large windows. It is the main lounge area that customers tend to relax with a nice cool drink and talk over the day’s events about the ones that got away. For further relaxation why not enjoy the hot tub and Suana and if you so wish you can also order a massage as the lodge has its own full-time masseuse on staff.

For those who still have some energy left after a full day fishing, there are board games as well as darts to keep you entertained. Want to keep in touch with what is happening around the world the lodge has satellite television and to keep in touch with business or loved ones the lodge provides high-speed wireless internet. 

Food & Drink

One thing for sure is you will not go hungry at Rapid camp Lodge, it employes its own 2 full-time gourmet chefs who prepare and cook all the food. In the morning breakfast is served buffet style. At breakfast, you also have the chance to pack up a lunch box if you have not ordered a shore lunch or not returning back to the main lodge for lunch. Your packed lunches will include fresh deli-style sandwiches, fruit, baked goods, and beer/wine. Those who return to the lodge for lunch will find a great lunch spread, again buffet-style to keep you fueled up for the day.

After a long day on the water return to the lodge for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails which will be served in the main longe area. Once dinner is ready you will be called through to the dining room for a full sit down three coarse meal. Throughout the week you will be served traditional Alaskan food that’s a mix of local seafood and quality meats. There is everything from BBQ night, succulent steaks night, fresh Salmon to king crab night. Fresh pastries, baked bread, and rolls will also be served to complement your meals you certainly will not go hungry. Oh, and we have not even mentioned the desserts yet, some of which you will just want to eat again. If you have certain dietary restrictions, the lodge can cater to these and are happy to do so.

For more information about this accommodation, contact our experienced team who will be happy to answer any queries you have. Alternatively, you can request a free brochure.


Board: Full board
Rooms: Twin rooms
Telephone: Satellite (Chargeable)
Internet: In lodge
Laundry: For nominal charge
Power: 110 Volt
Meals: In lodge dinning room
Alcohol: Beer included, spirits chargeable
Equipment Hire: Included
Cards Accepted: Credit & debit cards
Cash Accepted: US Dollars
Freezer Room: At lodge
Filleting Area: At lodge
Species Information
Rainbow Trout
Season: 1 June to 28 October
Peak: 21 July to 12 Sept
Weight: 1lb to 15lb
Average Weight: 2lb
King / Chinook Salmon
Season: 14 June to 28 July
Peak: 21 June to 12 July
Weight: 10lb to 60lb
Average Weight: 18lb
Sockeye Salmon
Season: 21 June to July 26
Peak: 4 July to 18 July
Weight: 4lb to 12lb
Average Weight: 8lb
Chum Salmon
Season: 1 June to 26 July
Peak: 21 June to 19 July
Weight: 5lb to 25lb
Average Weight: 11lb
Pink Salmon
Season: 1 June to 26 July
Peak: 21 June to 19 July
Weight: 2lb to 6lb
Average Weight: 4lb
Coho / Silver Salmon
Season: 8 August to 28 September
Peak: 15 August to 12 September
Weight: 6lb to 20lb
Average Weight: 12lb
Dolly Varden
Season: 1 June to 28 October
Peak: 1 July to 28 September
Weight: 1lb to 12lb
Average Weight: 2lb
Arctic Char
Season: 1 June to 28 October
Peak: 1 July to 28 September
Weight: 1lb to 12lb
Average Weight: 1.5lb
Season: 1 June to 28 October
Peak: 1 July to 28 September
Weight: 10lb to 200lb
Average Weight: 20lb


Although the fishing has set weeks, we have daily flights departing from the UK, therefore should you wish to either extend your stay with additional days in the beginning or end in Anchorage, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

Day 1: (Thursday)

Depart UK (alternative routes available), Arrive Seattle.

Depart Seattle, Arrive Anchorage. On arrival, you will take a taxi to the Anchorage Hotel. Overnight accommodation: Anchorage Hotel (Twin room) R/O

Day 2: (Friday)

At lunchtime, you will take a taxi to Ted Stevens Airport and depart from here to King Salmon. On arrival, you will be met by the Lodge staff and taken to your accommodation. You will spend the rest of the day preparing for the next days fishing.

Overnight accommodation: Rapids Camp Lodge (Twin room) F/B

Days 3 to 8: (Saturday to Thursday) Fishing Days

Depending on the time of the year, you will target Kings, Chum, Sockeye, Silvers, Pinks and Rainbows. It is you who decides when to move on, as there is no fixed itinerary. During each day a fresh shore lunch will be prepared by our guides for you and guiding is based on two rods to one guide. You can mix the fishing up and change a day fly fishing for a day out on the lodges boats deep sea fishing for mighty Halibut which is a great alternative.

Overnight accommodation: Rapids Camp Lodge (Twin room) F/B

Day 9: (Friday)

In the morning you will depart back to Anchorage. On arrival, take a taxi back to the Anchorage Hotel.

Overnight accommodation: Anchorage Hotel (Twin room) R/O

Day 10: (Saturday)

You will take a taxi back to Anchorage International Airport. Depart Anchorage, Arrive Seattle

Depart Seattle

Day 11: (Sunday)

Arrive UK


Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
02/06/2022 12/06/2022 11 10 6 £10,338 N/A Enquire Now N/A
09/06/2022 19/06/2022 11 10 6 £10,338 N/A Sold Out N/A
16/06/2022 26/06/2022 11 10 6 £10,338 N/A Enquire Now N/A
23/06/2022 03/07/2022 11 10 6 £10,338 N/A Sold Out N/A
30/06/2022 10/07/2022 11 10 6 £10,338 N/A Enquire Now N/A
07/07/2022 17/07/2022 11 10 6 £10,338 N/A Enquire Now N/A
14/07/2022 24/07/2022 11 10 6 £10,338 N/A Enquire Now N/A
21/07/2022 31/07/2022 11 10 6 £10,338 N/A Sold Out N/A
28/07/2022 07/08/2022 11 10 6 £10,338 N/A Enquire Now N/A
04/08/2022 14/08/2022 11 10 6 £10,338 N/A Sold Out N/A
11/08/2022 21/08/2022 11 10 6 £10,338 N/A Enquire Now N/A
18/08/2022 28/08/2022 11 10 6 £10,338 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/06/2023 11/06/2023 11 10 6 £10,414 N/A Enquire Now N/A
08/06/2023 18/06/2023 11 10 6 £10,414 N/A Enquire Now N/A
15/06/2023 25/06/2023 11 10 6 £10,414 N/A Enquire Now N/A
22/06/2023 02/07/2023 11 10 6 £10,414 N/A Enquire Now N/A
29/06/2023 09/07/2023 11 10 6 £10,414 N/A Enquire Now N/A
06/07/2023 16/07/2023 11 10 6 £10,414 N/A Enquire Now N/A
13/07/2023 23/07/2023 11 10 6 £10,414 N/A Enquire Now N/A
20/07/2023 30/07/2023 11 10 6 £10,414 N/A Enquire Now N/A
27/07/2023 06/08/2023 11 10 6 £10,414 N/A Enquire Now N/A
03/08/2023 13/08/2023 11 10 6 £10,414 N/A Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's Included

  • All international flights
  • Private flight Anchorage to King Salmon
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • 6 days fishing via boat and plane
  • All fishing tackle
  • Waders

What's Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Meals at the Anchorage Hotels or Bar expenses
  • Transfer in Anchorage
  • Tips for guides and all camp staff
  • Fishing license


  • Flight upgrades

  • Additional nights in Anchorage

  • Single rooms in Anchorage

Price Supplements

  • N/A

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes


Alaska operates a Visa waiver programme (VWP); you are required before travel to complete an Electronic System Travel Authorisation (ESTA) online, which is compulsory for all USA Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) travellers before boarding an air or sea carrier to the USA.

Medical Requirements

No vaccinations currently required

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is no additional airport departure tax when leaving Alaska

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Seattle (approx 9 hrs) Seattle – Anchorage (approx 3 hrs) Anchorage – King Salmon (approx 1 hr)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in the economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags, you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags are dependent on the airline. We, therefore, recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airline’s website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights, we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

King Salmon to Rapids Camp Lodge (15 Mins)

Questions & Answers

Where is the lodge?

Rapids Camp sits on the banks of the famous Naknek River in King Salmon.

Where will I fish?

The mighty Naknek River is right out the front door of Rapids Camp and provides some of the biggest Rainbow Trout to be found in this area. You can also fish the Katmai Park rivers such as Moraine, Battle, Brooks and American Creek. You get a chance to fish several “unnamed” systems on the peninsula and up to the Nushagak.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

The travel time depends on where you are going to fish and is mainly taken up by just flights times from Rapids Camp. On arrival at each location, there will be boats waiting to take you both up and downstream from your landing point. Most of the travelling is done within 40 mins then you will be fishing.

What fish will I catch?

Depending on what time of year you join us at Rapids Camp will depend on what species will be available in the rivers, so please make sure you check out the species information on this tour. Throughout the year King Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Sockeye and Silver Salmon are all on the main menu.

How many fish will I catch?

The amount of fish you will catch at Rapids Camp will depend on the target species. Rainbow Trout catch rates are highest in August and around 10 to 15 quality fish a day is good but at times there can be many more.

How will I fish?

Fishing at Rapids Camp is conducted in many different ways. For customers wanting to target the big Kings and& Chum Salmon, it is best to swing large flies with Spey rods. For the smaller Salmon, you can fish with shorter lighter rods such as 12ft switch rods which make great both single and double Spey fishing. You can then fish with 5# single-handed rods with drys for the many Trout and Grayling. Although you use boats to access the river up and down the majority of the fly fishing is done by wading on foot.

Do the guides speak English?

All the guides speak very good English.

Who is best suited to this destination?

To anyone who wants to gets lots of action and catch lots of fish especially Rainbow Trout.

What skill level is required?

With the variety of fishing available at Rapids Camp and with the expert guidance of the guides this lodge is suitable for all levels. If you are far more experienced and only want to chase the specimen fish we also cater for that also.

How physically demanding is this trip?

The beauty of the Rapids Camp program is their diversity of venues. They can show you small systems that require a bit of hiking and fitness, but also can help those not willing to hike and even prefer to fish from the boat.

When is the best time to go?

Rapids Camp has a very diverse fishing program so this will depend on the preferred target species. For the largest migratory Rainbow Trout, June/July and September are great but August offers the best catch rates and more diversity in the Rainbow Trout waters. King Salmon fishing is best in June to mid-July and Silver Salmon in August. Halibut and other bottom fish can be targeted from June–August.

What is the accommodation like?

The lodge houses their guests in eight spacious double occupancy bedrooms with private baths. The ten-acre property sits directly on the banks of the Naknek River. Meals are taken in the lodge’s main building adjacent to the comfortable great room equipped with satellite TV, open bar and high-speed wireless internet.

What is the food like?

Compared to other wilderness fishing lodges, River Camp Lodge has a huge advantage in being connected to the town by a road. This accessibility to daily flights from Anchorage allows their world-class chefs to pamper guests with meals of the freshest ingredients. They serve only the finest meats and wild game, have access to the freshest Salmon and Halibut on earth and have fresh produce delivered weekly. The lodge employs two full-time professional chefs that turn out phenomenal meals from fresh seafood to prime rib. Desserts are delicious, the bar is always well stocked and the wine selection is always top-notch. Guests help themselves to local draft beer from the bar and the lodge has several excellent California, Chilean, and other imported wines as part of every meal and cocktail hour.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

Rapids Camp has a diverse selection of equipment available at no extra charge. From waders/boots to Spey rods, they can take care of all your needs. You can show up in Anchorage with only your clothing and they can take care of the rest.

Is internet and phone signal available?

The lodge does have internet, but I would not expect your cell phone to work. The lodge does have a phone to use if needed.

Are there other activities available?

There is some great bear viewing at Brooks Falls and scenic flights to the land of ten thousand smokes or beachcombing on the peninsula are always a neat option.

How much does it cost?

We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view, all prices and availability click the “Dates & Prices” tab above.

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel arrangements Sportquest Holidays can book just the lodge and fishing for you.




Hope this comes to you ok as we are not very good on computers. We had a brilliant holiday and managed to land some beauties which we are going try and send you pictures of. But like we have said on the phone we are not great with computers. If you do not get any please can you call me

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Darren, yes we received your form and well done, told you you could do it. The pictures are coming through as well.

Glad you both had a great time I will pass on your kind comments to the guys at Rapid Camp.

Let us know your dates for next year and we can get you booked in

All the best


Hello Sportquest, with this being our fourth trip with you we were hoping the fishing would of been a little better. Maybe look at sending people there at a slightly different time as the water was very low which made fishing very difficult. I know its nothing you could of done but maybe look and speak to the guides a little more. We would for sure go back as the guys who run the lodge were very good and accommodating. Apart from the fishing the whole trip went very smoothly and we will be back in touch soon for next years adventure

Speak soon and you should get some pictures any day

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Darren, Glad to hear everything else went well and transfers etc were organised well. That is one thing we would love above all to guarantee, is the fishing. Perhaps we can in the future speak with the guides for their feedback.

It was great to chat with you about the trip and as soon as you have got your holiday dates for next year we can look at some availability.

Until then, all the best


Thank you Peter for all your help

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Lewis, it was a pleasure to help you organise this trip and look forward to helping you in the future



What an amazing place and thanks Paul for recommending we look at this place. We have been to many places in Alaska so this was a pleasant change. Can highly recommend

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Guys, great hear you liked this destination. We get very good comments on this lodge and their hospitality. Really looking forward to seeing your pictures and possibly helping you again next year.

Tight lines


Well it did not start very good as our flight from Edinburgh to London was delayed making us have to run to catch our connecting flight. With us being in our 60's this was no easy feet. The fishing was little harder than we thought and read about but I guess thats fishing. The guides where very helpful and made the best of a tricky week.

On a more positive note, that rod and reel you recommended Peter was perfect for the job and will be going on future trips. Thanks Sportquest

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello what a start to the holiday, at least you made it. The guides did speak to us after you returned and said that you had a hard week but still managed to have good time. Perhaps next year we can look at other dates for you.

I will let Peter know about the rod and reel. Is there anychance of any pictures? I can email you a link to dropbox if you are ok with that?

Thanks for choosing Sportquest


Peter & Mel, thanks for being so helpful in organising this surprise for my partner. I wish you could of been there to see his face when he opened the letter gifting him this holiday. He never stopped going on about it and now he has been and asking what surprise I have got him for next year.

I am sure you have got a customer for life and his list of places to fish has grown.

Thank you so much

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Angie, glad to hear you managed to keep it all a secret and he loved the present and what a present. Pleased everything lived up to your expectations and he loved the trip

All the best


Just a quick note, thanks for this trip made lots of childhood dreams come true

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Angus, that is all we ever hope to achieve. Really looking forward to see you pictures I believe you caught something pretty special.

Thanks and speak with you soon


Wow what an amazing trip. The scenery was breathtaking and we managed all our target fish. We may have to look at a different flight route next time. I have emailed you some pictures hope you like them.

Thanks Mel for all your help, we will be in touch soon

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Lee Alaska is a stunning part of the world and is very hard to describe to people just how it makes you feel. The general feeling is being completely alone and away from the busyness of general life. It will take you a while to get over that feeling

Hopefully you will want to return next year. Look forward to speaking with you


Thanks for organising a great holiday we had an amazing time

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

It was our Pleasure David. So good to speak with you after the trip and thank you for the pictures

Hope to see you again next year
All the best


Thanks Sportquest we all had an amazing time, see you next year same week again please.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays


It was great talking to you on the telephone, looking forward to the pictures in the post.

Regards Peter

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