Alaska Fishing Lodge Rates and Information

If you would like to know more about the Copper River Lodge, please contact us. The Copper River Lodge has a 90%+  rebooking rate, and word of mouth referral rate so openings are limited.

Package Rate:
$6,300/6 days of  fishing/ 6  nights  2021 Rates

Rate Includes:
Float plane transfers between Iliamna and the Lodge, all accommodations and meals during the week, taxes, flies, leaders, tippet, and guide services are all included in the package.

Not Included:
Airfare to Iliamna, fishing license, gratuities for the camp staff, liquor, fly out to other locations, and fishing equipment. (Some back-up fishing equipment is available at the lodge.)

Gratuities are not included in the cost of the package and are left to the discretion of the individual angler. However, for planning purposes fishermen can expect the industry standard of 10-15% of the fishing package ($630 to $945 is our recommended gratuity).

Arrival day:

Most guests arrive on Saturday and spend the night in Anchorage. It is good to get a hotel with an airport shuttle.   Please give yourself a couple hours to transfer from a commercial flight to your Iliamna Air Taxi flight.

Sunday depart from Anchorage with Iliamna Air Taxi at 4:30 pm. PLEASE NOTE THAT ILIAMNA AIR TAXI IS NOT IN THE MAIN AIRPORT. IT IS LOCATED IN THE SIGNATURE AIR TERMINAL LOCATED IN THE AIR CARGO SECTION OF THE AIRPORT. 6231 S. Airpark Pl.  Your hotel shuttle will most likely know the location. There is a combined 70lb baggage limit.

Upon arrival in Iliamna you will be met by the floatplane pilot.  If you have questions just ask anyone at the desk and tell them you are with the Copper River Lodge.

After roughly 45 minutes in Iliamna you will be transferred to the float plane near the airport with Iliamna Air Taxi’s van. You will then be flown to the Copper River Lodge in De Havilland Beaver which is a short 15 minute flight.

Arrival to the Lodge:

The guides will meet you at the plane with our boats and transfer you to the lodge. This is a 5 minute boat ride so keep your jacket out if it is a rainy day. Upon arrival at the lodge you will unpack,  have an orientation and dinner. 

Monday through Friday you will fish all day. Usually breakfast is at 7 am and departure is at 8 am. You will fish until 6pm. Please note that this schedule can change depending on when the best fishing is.

Departure Day:

On Saturday you can get some fishing in if you still need to catch a few fish. You can usually fish for 6 hours on Saturday. You will then depart 3:30 on the floatplane . This gets you to Iliamna in time for the 4:30pm flight to Anchorage. You will arrive in Anchorage at 5 pm. Please give yourself 2 hours between your arrival and departure from Anchorage.

Fly Out Charter Rates Rough Estimates:

Fly outs to other fisheries are not included in our package.  We do not make money on these charter, we pass on the costs of the air taxi we use to the clients that are in the airplane that day.   The air taxi is not part of the Copper River Lodge.   They are available nearly 100% of the time on short notice, so you can wait to make your reservations.  Plus if it is bad weather (unflyable) you do not pay for this service.  

The most common and least expensive fly out is to raft the Copper River.  This trip gives our clients access to a portion of the Copper that is not accessible to our jet boats out of the main lodge.  This trip is less expensive as you only need a fly out in the morning then you drift down to the lodge.  The cost of this fly out is $150- $175 per angler for the day.

The most expensive fly out is to our Silver Salmon fishery, as we also rent boats.  This can run up to $550 per angler for the day if 4 anglers go.   Silvers are only available in late August and September. 

Most of our fly out costs are somewhere in between but average around $425 per angler per day.

Here is an example of an average Copper River Lodge week:

There are 6 days of fishing at the lodge.  Usually Saturday is a lower Copper day as you depart in the late afternoon from the lodge, so there are 5 days available for fly outs.  Most guests spend 1 day on the lower Copper beyond Saturday, and spend one day fishing the Gibraltor, both of these do not have air taxis involved so there is no extra cost.  Fishing the upper Copper with a raft trip, or jet boat is our most common fly out, and that is $175 per angler.    Then we have guests that want try a fishing trip into Katmai park one day, and that will run around $425 per angler.  Then on Friday repeat your favorite day, lets say it was the raft trip in this case ($175) .  Your total air taxi bill on this average week would be $775 per angler, and you would be fishing new water everyday except you would fish the lower Copper twice and whatever fishery you decide to repeat.    When you compare our weekly rate plus your air taxi bill to a full fly out lodge, most of the full fly out  lodges are running 30-40% more for the week

2019 Week Package: $5,900 (per person)
 Duration:  7 days Season: June 8–Early October • Capacity: Six Guests  

Packages Include:

  • Float Plane Transportation Between Iliamna and the Lodge
  • Leaders/tippet
  • Flies
  • Local and State Taxes
  • All lodging, and meals throughout the week, 6 nights, 7 days.
  • 7 days of guided fishing (change out days are not full days)
  • Use of our lake boat to access the tributaries of Lake iliamna
 (Package does not Include fishing license, additional charters, flights to Iliamna from Anchorage, gratuities or alcohol)