Alaska - Goodnews River Lodge, USA
Goodnews River Lodge is located in a remote corner of south west Alaska about 450 miles from Anchorage, at the edge of the pristine Togiak National Wildlife Refuge.
The three forks of the Goodnews River flow out of the Ahklun Mountains, and meander through the Togiak National Refuge as they make their way to the Bering Sea. There are over 490 miles of fishable streams, braids, creeks and river branches to fish.
Goodnews River Lodge itself is located on the north fork of the river, which is the main branch, right at the upper edge of tidewater, and just seven miles from Goodnews Bay. From there the jetboats can easily access all three forks of the river, as well as the lower tidewater sections. The Goodnews boasts outstanding runs of all five species of Pacific salmon, sea run dolly varden, resident leopard rainbows and arctic grayling. On many occasions you are fishing for salmon fresh from the sea.
The majority of the fishing is done from the jetboats, two people fishing at the same time, but there are places where guests can get out and wade. Guides are rotated, and you will be allocated your guide after dinner each night and can discuss fishing plans for the following day.
The tented lodge consists of a boathouse, dining hall, commercial kitchen, bathroom/shower facilities with flushing toilets, drying room, and lodging for staff and guests. Guests stay in one of twelve twin cabins, each with an elevated front porch overlooking the river. The tented cabins are heated and have their own bathroom with shower and toilet. They are constructed of special hi-tech weatherproof fabric designed to give protection in the extreme Arctic environment.