The spruce log lodge was completed in 1976 on a bluff overlooking the river, the tundra, and the surrounding Nulato Hills with great attention given to protecting the wild locale in which it sits. Words fail to adequately describe this great structure; it is truly a gem nestled amongst the wilderness of Alaska.
A central great room with a vaulted “flying buttress” ceiling houses the stone fireplace and plush leather sofas where guests relax and recap their day on the river while looking out at the Unalakleet rolling along below. The appointments range from the mounts of trophy fish, moose, and caribou, to native Inupiaq artifacts and archaeological treasures. On either side of this great room are the dining area, gourmet kitchen, tackle shop, and hand carved fully appointed bar.
Guests stay in private cabins nestled below the lodge. Our full structure cabins provide the comforts of home while in the bush. Spend your nights in plush beds complete with the finest linens and blackout curtains for those endless days. Stay warm in the evenings with electric heating and extra blankets on demand. Complete with a private bath that includes hot water, soft towels, and some supplies you may have forgotten.
Dining and Bar
Wake up every morning to fresh coffee or tea along with made to order breakfast. And don’t forget to ask about the chef’s special. During the day our lunch options include sandwiches on the go for the adventure, fresh salmon shore lunch for the true Alaskan experience, or lunch at the lodge for those who love to indulge. Once off the river enjoy fine hors d’oeuvres by the bar with one of our signature cocktails. Finally be sure to save room for dinner as you sit down to a scenic dinner prepared by our talented chefs. It’s a dining experience like none other.
The bar itself is a relief carved Spruce depicting scenes found on the river and is surrounded with relics from Alaska’s great aviation heritage. We offer our clients a comprehensive beverage stock ranging from award winning wines to decades old single malts. The bar at the Unalakleet River Lodge gives a peaceful end to a great days fishing whilst sharing in the camaraderie of friends new and old.
The tackle shop is stocked with rods by Temple Fork Outfitters equipped with Ross and Shimano Reels. We carry a wide assortment of fly, and conventional fishing tackle specially purposed for fishing the Unalakleet River. Our fly-tying desk gives anglers the opportunity to custom tie any patterns that are inspired out on the river. Patagonia waders and rubber sole wading boots are available in all common sizes. We have what we like to call “backups for our backups” so that our guests never have to go without the optimal gear needed for fishing the Unalakleet.