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The Copper River flows into Alaska's famous Iliamna Lake which is renowned for some of the largest rainbows in the State and the Copper River Lodge is the only lodge located on the river itself.

The Fishing

If you have never been to Alaska this is one of the best lodges to visit. The Copper River is one of Alaska's most consistent rainbow fisheries and it was Alaska's first fly fishing only catch and release regulated river. The season here runs from June 8 to early October and unlike other tundra rivers in Alaska that offer fly fishing for large trout, the Copper River runs through a scenic river valley which, aside from making it one of the more picturesque rivers in the state, also offers guests refuge from the relentless northern winds.


One of the things that distinguishes this lodge from others in Alaska is that only 6 guests are booked at a time, making for very personable service. This lodge has rustic accommodations, nothing fancy here, but you will find everything you need. The lodge has 4 heated rooms for 6 guests and each room has a single and double bed. Bathrooms and the shower/sauna house are shared.

Typical Day

Most lodges in Alaska run on an 8-5 day but this lodge runs from 9 am until 7pm because the early evening often presents the best fishing of the day and it is often a spectacular time for viewing wildlife. The guides pack a picnic lunch for guests which is usually eaten on the river but if the weather turns ugly guests might be able to talk the guides into returning to the lodge to warm up.

The lodge uses 16' boats with 40 hp jet units to run the river but guests rarely, if ever, fish from the boat. The Copper River is a perfect river for wading so boats are used only as a means to get from pool to pool. Boats return to the lodge at 7pm and dinner is served family style at 8pm. The lodge has a sauna that guests often enjoy after a hard day of fishing.


2016 Week Package: $5,400 (per person) US

Duration: 7 days • Season: June 8–Early October • Capacity: Six Guests

Packages Include:
Float Plane Transportation Between Iliamna and the Lodge
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


*Packages Includes float Plane between Iliamna and the Lodge, leaders/tippet, flies, and taxes

*Package does not include fishing license, gratuities or alcohol.

*Cheques should be made payable and mailed directly to Sweetwater Travel noting WILSON'S

* As with any trip travel insurance is recommended

Directions & Contact Information

Guests are responsible for arranging their flights to Iliamna via Anchorage. Upon arrival in Iliamna anglers are transfered to a dehavilland beaver float plane and flown 20 minutes to the lodge at the mouth of the Copper River.

Contact Us
Copper River Lodge | Iliamna, Alaska

Tel: 1.888.294.0624

Winter address:
PO Box 668
Livingston, MT 59047
Tel 406-222-0624

Summer Address:
Iliamna, AK 99606
Tel 907-571-1464

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