Father and Son Alaskan Adventure
Memories to last a lifetime
Dad and I came to Alaska in 1981...(well he actually came in the late 60's to hunt Caribou north of Fairbanks, and promptly fell hard for Alaska!) but I joined him in '81, and to this day, the Father and Son Alaskan Adventure is definitely one of our favorites. There is no better way to bond than the wilderness of Alaska.
This great Alaskan trip combines our main lodge fishing with an overnight at BearCamp® to share with your son (or daughter, (or anyone you love, for that matter!) the Main lodge features nightly happy hour, riverfront rooms with view and great evening activities if you can choose between salmon fishing "by the fire", Moose river paddling or simply relaxing on one of the many view decks and fireplaces. Both 5 and 7 day versions are available of this great trip. Flexible, so you can folcus on more fishing, more eco-adventures or enjoy our amazing signature combination of them both, just as is.
All in one amazing Alaskan week, and 30% off kids 15 and under!
Your Alaskan family trip features stays at our world famous BearCamp and renowned riverside main lodge. BearCamp is a "glamping" style basecamp with twin and queen beds and linens, gas heat and light, "en Suite" potties in the tents and composting toilets and showers in shared bathrooms. Perfect for your Father and Son vacation. Our renowned Kenai RIver Adventure Lodge features incredible Kenai River and Kenai Mountain view rooms complete with view decks. Meals are served in the main lodge with lunches served "on the trail". All trips based are on double occupancy - single rooms sometimes available for an additional fee.
Hotel Pickup, Fly to BearCamp, Afternoon with Bears
You and your kid will be met at 7:30AM at one of three Anchorage pickup points by our private van for the scenic 2 ½ hour trip to Great Alaska. After arriving at our riverside Main lodge, Lunch and orientation is followed by your 50-minute flight to our incredible bear viewing camp in Lake Clark. After the gorgeous flight, you'll spend the afternoon experiencing the King of Alaskan wildlife, the Alaskan Coastal Brown Bear. Our amazing staff will share stories and teach you all about these regal animals, and you'll overnight in our custom hi tech weather-port wilderness tents with propane heat and light, surrounded by an electrified perimeter fence that helps provide a safe Alaskan family trip.
Morning with coastal Brown Bears
You'll wake in the wilderness and enjoy your hot coffee on the raised viewing platform while viewing the Bears in the meadow at the foot of Mt. Illiamna. Balance of the morning is spent getting to know the bears. Following lunch, you'll board the plane and head back to the main lodge, to settle into your riverfront cabins with a couple hours to relax before happy hour and dinner. Junior can run down to our private fishing hole and go fishing with our dedicated Beach Guide.
Offshore Fishing or Glacier & Wildlife Cruising
Today's a special day for father and son fishing in Alaska, and we'll target offshore fishing in Cook Inlet or Resurrection Bay (depending upon season). Giant Pacific Halibut, Ling Cod, Yellow eye Rockfish and Black Bass plus Silver, Pink and King salmon are all possible targets, but the whales, wildlife and scenery are a close second in these amazing areas. There will be incredible scenery, great wildlife and some tasty treats to take back home! Opt for a day of Glacier cruising and whale watching instead of father and son fishing in Alaska if you choose. Return to lodge about happy hour time. Junior can hit the private fishing hole again.
Trophy Trout Fishing
The Kenai river produces some of the most outstanding Trophy Trout fishing in Alaska..and it's an awesome fishery for expert fly fishermen and beginner spin fishers alike....fishing in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge with your son is all it's touted to be - clear mountain water, beautiful drifts, and great fishing. Two to four anglers per boat will drift and wade the Kenai River in search of Char, and especially Rainbow Trout. Back at the lodge in the late afternoon.
Kenai Peninsula Salmon Fishing
Another day of Alaska Salmon fishing in a power or drift boat. You may chase the world's largest Kings, cast spinners for aggressive shallow water Silver Salmon or swing flies for the acrobatic Sockeye salmon...it all depends upon the season and your own preference. (Five-day trips end with a 1/2 day fishing trip this day and a 2:30 checkout.)
Your Choice of Freshwater Fishing Adventures
Another great day of trophy fishing. Choose from Kasilof River Salmon or Kenai Rainbow Trout fishing (as in Days 3 & 4). It’s your choice, whatever adds the most to your memories of father and son fishing in Alaska. For more variety, you may opt to wade a mountain stream for Rainbow and Char or hike in to a high mountain lake for fly rod Grayling, depending upon season. Back at the lodge by 2 - 3:00 and a well deserved nap or a few more casts right in front of your cabin door, prior to happy hour, dinner and more evening activities.
Half-Day Kenai Salmon Fishing
Your final day with one of our great guides on your Alaskan family trips... Salmon fishing in power or drift boat, returning to the lodge at noon. At approximately 2:30PM, you will depart camp for your commuter flight to Anchorage or be met right at the lodge by your float plane charter back to Anchorage. Note- flights are not included in package price.
Recommended Gear List
However you choose to arrive, please be "dressed for adventure", as there may be a quick turnaround after lunch to get to the airstrip for your flight to bearcamp - flight times are affected by tides and each day is different time-wise. Please see our pre trip info. do get more extensive what to bring" and logistics/pricing information. If your trip includes an overnight at BearCamp, be ready to check in on day one with a smallish day pack (1500 cubic inches or less) packed and ready to go, as your BearCamp® experience may be scheduled for your first 2 days of your trip (though not always). Maximum traveling gear for flights is 15 pounds per person. If you are on an extended stay with Great Alaska, we'll hold your larger bag back at the lodge while you are at BearCamp.
Your Alaskan father and son Adventure includes complimentary sightseeing van pickup in Anchorage (we pickup at 4 downtown, mid town and airport locations). Pickup is typically at 7:30 - 8:00 AM (time varies slightly each day based upon number and location of pickups). You'll arrive at the main lodge around 10:30 for check in and orientation. We pick up at the cruise dock in Seward or Whittier for an additional fee. After lunch at our main lodge on the banks of the Kenai River in Sterling, we adjust your luggage to meet requirements for your Bush Plane flight to Alaska BearCamp, then we transfer to Soldotna Airport for your hour-long flight seeing trip over Cook Inlet past volcanoes and glaciers to BearCamp. Your return flight from BearCamp, we will return you to our main lodge in Soldotna, or you may take a connecting flight to Anchorage.
You may also choose to drive in yourself via rental car (free parking while you are at the lodge) or catch a commuter air flight (additional fee).
Complimentary van pickup in Anchorage on day one followed by sightseeing transfer to lodge. Trips include our signature meals "nearly world famous" nightly happy hour and appetizers, starting off with Lunch on Day 1 to Lunch on Last Day. Plus of course our legendary evening activities like "by the fire" salmon fishing and Moose River wildlife kayaking/paddle boarding. Finally, all necessary equipment for your daily adventures is included in your package along with lodge concierge service.
What's Not Included
Gratuities, Alaska fishing license, resort fee, fish processing/shipping and return to Anchorage on your final day are not included in the package price.