there is more to do & see
than just fishing
or so we’ve been told
Fishing the rivers & streams
of Bristol Bay Alaska
surrounded by millions of acres of wilderness
with some amazing wildlife viewing and photography opportunities
This is not Disneyland®
so have your cameras at the ready
As part of our packages, we fly you out to different destinations each day. Our fleet of three DeHaviland Beavers are maintained to the highest standards possible and our pilots are all veteran Alaskan bush pilots who will get you safely from point “A” to point “B” in these gentle birds.
While you might have been attracted by thoughts of our World class fishing, what you find is the flying becomes a huge part of the show. Rumor has it that people actually go to places like this just for “Flight-Seeing”?! Obviously they have never sampled our fishing.
We get asked about the bears all the time. Movies like “The Edge” (Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin) do not help the general perception of these magnificent creatures. We do get to see many bears while fishing all over the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. However, bears in general and especially in our region are relatively timid and do not want much to do with humans.
If you do want to see bears while you are at Mission Lodge, we can fly to Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park for the day. It is a spectacular experience that is often featured on television. The park has trails with viewing platforms that connect from the falls to the lake along the Brooks River. The best time for viewing at the falls is July through early August during the Sockeye Salmon run. There are many bears after this along the river clear into September, which happens to be some great Rainbow Trout fishing as well.
Take a Hike! If you feel like a little hiking exercise while around the lodge, you can explore the abandoned mine on Marsh Mountain. The mining road will first lead you through fairly flat tundra terrain and then up the pass through a short but steep uphill hike. From the pass you can either continue to the actual mine, or continue up the mountain to the west. You will be rewarded with an abundance of mountain wildflowers, (especially in June and July) and a good view of the beautiful surroundings. If you decide to go, you need to contact the Mission Lodge Manager.
For wilderness hikes, we have a number spots to hike to special fishing spots or places along the route of our lake hops. The guide will take you up ancient game trails to neverending visitas. This is not the end of the earth, but local lore says that you can see it from here.
We are working to development some partnerships around Bristol Bay that will allow us to stop into authentic fish camps to learn about the ways of life in our region. These will most likely be done in conjunction with our normal fishing or flight seeing programs.
CAST & BLAST
During the Fall, we do offer some bird hunting options for Ptarmigan or Ducks. These are full day options for groups of 2 – 4 hunters.
Ptarmigan hunting is for the adventurous, physically fit hunter only. The season starts August tenth. These little speed demons like to live on steep hillsides or in lumpy, sloping tundra areas near lakes. Tundra is like hiking on soft mattresses littered with big pillows with surprise bogs thrown in for extra fun.
Duck hunting is a little more forgiving and is done from primitive blinds starting on September 1st. It is a bit weather dependent and does not get very good until the weather turns to junk. The blue sky days are better spend fishing!
F.A.Q.'s - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where does the trip start?
A: Dillingham, AK. The lodge provides van transportation from the
Dillingham (DLG) airport. Approx 20 minutes from Dillingham to
Lake Aleknagik by van And then approx 10 minutes in a covered boat to Mission Creek Lodge.
Q: What is included in the package price?
A: Transport from Dillingham as described above, all meals,beverages accommodations. Fully guided daily adventures (including float plane transportation), all necessary gear and equipment (including fishing gear , waders and wading boots), filleting, packaging, freezing of Salmon species.
Q: What is not included:
A: R/t air transportation to Dillingham, AK, gratuities (suggested 15-20% of package price) , Alaska Fishing License ($55 for 7 day , $35 for 3 day) , Alaska King Tag ($55 for 7 day, $35 for 3 day – only necessary during King Salmon season ends July 31) , items of a personal nature such as massage, gift shop and smoked fish.
Q: What airlines service Dillingham (DLG):
A: Alaska Airlines (www.alaskaair.com) and their partner, Peninsula Airways (www.penair.com).
Q: How much fish and what kind can I take home?
A: We ask that each client not take more than one 50lb box of SALMON ONLY
WE PRACTICE A STRICT CATCH AND RELEASE POLICY ON ALL RESIDENT SPECIES (Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Artic Char, Grayling, Pike and Lake Trout).
Q: When does the day start and end?
A: A typical day starts at 7:00 am with breakfast (coffee is available at 5:30 am) with planes leaving between 7:30-8:30 am and returning between 5:00 â€“6:00 pm. Depending on the group size and scheduling for the day you are welcome to request a later start. Dinner is generally at 7:00 pm .
Q: What does a typical day look like?
A: 7:00 am full sit down breakfast
7:30-8:30 am depart for a full day of guided activities
5:00-6:00 pm return to lodge
6:00-7:00 pm appetizers are served and activities are scheduled for the next day
7:00 pm Alaska gourmet dinner is served
After dinner guides sit down with guests and talk about the next days activity
Q: Can I change my mind about what I want to do when I get there?
A: Absolutely, no plans are made before a guest arrives. Each night the head guide will talk to each guest about his/her desires for the next day and then prepare a plan for the following day. The plans will be posted on a guest board each evening.
Q: How old should a child be before bringing him/her to Mission Lodge?
A: Every child is different. Days are full and depending on the child and how engaged he/she is in the outdoors will determine the proper age – remember there are no price reductions for children. Our aircraft hold 6 passengers – no matter what the age.
Q: What kind of aircraft does the lodge use and what is the safety record?
A: The lodge operates three (3) DeHavilland Beavers on floats. Our safety record is without injury incident in our 24 years of operation.
Q: How far do you travel to daily destinations?
A: We have so many destinations it is hard to answer this question. Your destination travel time will be anywhere for 10 minutes to 1 and a half hours. Much of this depends on winds and weather. In a normal week you will generally only travel on average 20-40 minutes a day by plane (EACH WAY). Some of our destinations are close and only a 10-40 minute boat ride from the lodge.
Q: What about weather if we can’t fly?
A: We have several opportunities within easy boat access from the lodge.
On average in a season we only have approx three (3) days in which the planes cannot fly at all. We never compromise customer safety EVER. If it is not safe we DO NOT fly.
Q: How will we travel once we reach our destination?
A: Mission Lodge has over 40 boats stashed throughout the Bristol Bay region. Many of the destinations you will fly in and meet your guide who will be waiting for you with a boat. Other destinations you will fly with your guide and will have a boat at your destination. Some destinations will be accessable only by foot, others will have a kayak waiting for you or you will bring a raft with you. All of this will be pre-planned the evening before and will be fully orchestrated by your professional guide.
Q: How bad are the bugs?
A: It depends on the month and the season – wet seasons are worse than dry seasons. Normally unless you are hiking in the tundra the bugs are not bad at all. They can be pesky at times in the evenings on the decks if the wind is still. A good bug repellent with deet is highly recommended. Mosquito netting is normally not needed but if you plan on doing a lot of hiking it may be a good idea. The lodge has bug repellent but you are always encouraged to bring your own.
Q: What is the best time to come?
A: Mission Lodge is only open during the prime fishing months and the prime weather months. Any time from June-September is excellent it just depends on your activity desires. If you are specifically seeking a certain species of fish or a particular animal then sometimes are better than others. Please refer to the fish and animal viewing chart.
Q: Can you accommodate special diets?
A: Yes, within reason. Because of our extremely remote location certain items may be hard to come by – please make sure to fill out the questionnaire and return ASAP to forewarn our chef of your special needs. If we cannot accommodate your needs, we will advise you in advance.
Q: How many people can the lodge accommodate?
A: 24 guests is our maximum most weeks host no more than 20 guests.
Q: Do all rooms have a private bath?
A: No , we have 20 guest rooms and can accommodate 20 guests each with a private guest room. However, three rooms have completely private baths, another four rooms share a bath in between each two, and thirteen rooms upstairs share three very large bathrooms complete with showers, stalls and vanities. We have found the majority of our male clients do not mind sharing a bathroom but enjoy having a private bedroom.
Q: Do we have to pay extra for a private bath?
A No (unless it is the ‘owners suite’) private bathrooms are given to couples first and then to returning clients. If you would prefer a private bath please make sure to make a note upon booking. Requests will be handled on a first come, first served basis given the above priorities.