Here is about everything you need to get ready for your trip to Great Alaska.
PICKUPS: Overnight lodge packages include Anchorage pickup and transfer to lodge by sightseeing van. Due to Covid-19, many clients are choosing to get to us via rental car this season (it's very easy!). If you do choose a rental car, driving directions are farther down this page.
If we are picking you up in Anchorage, please be ready in your hotel lobby by 7:15 on your pick-up day. Actual Pickup times are between 7:30 to 8:00 AM - but the exact timing varies, based upon the number of pickups that day, and everyone being on time and ready to go. Please call at least 48 hours prior to your arrival to schedule your pickup, by calling 866.411.2327
For those driving in, road construction is a fact of life in Alaska! Please plan on leaving by 7:00 a.m. from Anchorage and you'll have plenty of time to stop for photos, Moose sightings, or road work.
Seward or Whittier pickups are available for an additional fee by pre-schedule only so speak to your adventure expert when booking your trip.
Packing: Packing light is always a great idea - but in Alaska, it may be even more important to pack right. Restricting your gear to 1 large duffel and a medium backpack or waterproof "Dry Bag" is an excellent idea, as hard-sided luggage doesn't do so well in Alaska bush planes. We also offer a laundry service at the lodge so you can pack lighter, and wash your gear during your stay if you choose. More in-depth packing info:
Clothes: We recommend quick-drying "adventure wear" type quick drying and versatile pants and shirts, plus a comfortable set of long underwear (tops and bottom). Lastly, be sure to have as good a pair of rain gear as you can justify, along with good waterproof footwear, and you'll be set. Add a stocking cap and ball cap, sunglasses, a handful of ziplock baggies, bug spray, sunscreen/moisturizer and you're good. Throw in a couple of small containers of hand sanitizer, a comfortable couple of masks and we'll have plenty at the lodge. Fishing enthusiasts check our fishing gear lists for more fishing gear and packing lists
Returning to Anchorage: This is not included in the package price. Here are your options:
If you drove in, reverse the process! Plan on 135 miles or 2.5 - 3 hours to get back to Anchorage.
Commuter air from Anchorage: ($175.00 per person) After checkout at 2:00, a Great Alaska driver will shuttle you to the Kenai airport for the 25-minute commuter air back to Anchorage - 25-minute flight, arriving Anchorage from 4:00 - 5:00 each day typically.
Floatplane direct from the lodge: ($250.00 per person) Opt for a floatplane to pick you up right at the lodge and take off from the Kenai River, delivering you to Anchorage in about half an hour. Schedule varies daily but typically arrives Anchorage by about 3:00.
Fishing License: As of 2021, and for the first time, Alaska will no longer be selling pre-printed paper fishing licenses - all anglers will need to purchase their Alaska fishing license online and retain a printed copy to carry on the water. This is a big new regulation, but we are here to help make it easier for you. Fortunately, it is easy to go online and get your Alaska fishing license prior to your trip. Just choose the dates you'll be at the lodge, and purchase your license online, print it, and put it in your luggage...and you are set. Just remember to bring it to Alaska with you! (Don't worry, if you lose it we'll print you a new one!).
King Salmon Stamp: If you will be fishing for Kings (if you'll be fishing in either May, June, or July) you'll also need a King Salmon Stamp. You'll be asked about it in the license purchasing process. If you are fishing after July 31, you will NOT require a king stamp, as the King salmon season ends at 7.31. If your trip is between May 15 and July 31st, you probably will. If you have questions, just call our office and we can help.
Great Alaska is proudly and strictly catch and release for Kenai River King salmon. We deeply appreciate our guests, staff, and community support regarding this important issue. We love to fish for Kenai King, and we love to let them go!!! Please read a bit about our Kenai River Kings.
Great Alaska Adventures DOES still harvest Halibut, Sockeye, and Silver, and Pink salmon, and more, within seasonal regulations for our guests to take home for those special meals with friends and family.
Kids under 16 years of age, do not need to purchase a license- a free "harvest card" will be issued).
COVID UPDATE: Since the CDC retracted the mask mandate, some guests are wearing masks and some are not. We recommend all our guests be 100% vaccinated prior to their trip to Great Alaska Adventures. If you cannot safely take the vaccine, then we recommend the wearing of masks when you cannot socially distance (small planes, vehicles, and offshore boats, for example). Please do be advised that masks are no longer being routinely worn on our trips.
In keeping with CDC and state mandates, we no longer require proof of a negative covid test prior to arrival, but we do recommend traveling with your vaccination card, although we will not require it from you.