Talachulitna River

The Talachulitna River is known to the locals as the Tal. The river begins where the snow melts on Beluga Mountain and flows onward for 45 miles where it joins the Skwentna River. The physical river begins at Judd Lake where Talchulitna Creek also forms.

The river is a catch and release, at least in parts, river for Rainbow Trout and Steelhead. Many people enjoy drift fishing on the Talachulitna River. It is also a good river for rafting as it is made up long stretches of Class 1 segments interspersed with class 2-4 segments. There are several companies that operate drop-off and pickup drifting trips. The pickup spots vary, but you can also raft to Skwentna Town if you can survive Hell's Gate.

The Beartracks Lodge is one of the few lodges along the river. This is prime fly fishing country, and Beartracks Lodge specializes in fly fishing expeditions. Expect trophy sized Rainbow Trout and Arctic Grayling along with King Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, and Silver Salmon.

For King Salmon fishing, the best time is late June through mid-July with the peak usually right around July 1-4.

For Sockeye Salmon fishing, the best time is late July through mid-August with the first week of August being prime.

For Silver Salmon fishing, the run spans the entire month of August with the peak in mid-August.

  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $6,000 to $7,000 Per Person
    4 - 5 Days: $4,000 to $5,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing
Map of Talaheim Lodge

Nestled in the foothills of the Alaska Range, Talaheim Lodge lies 80 miles west of Anchorage and 50 miles from the nearest road. Located on the Talachulitna River, one of the first hook-and-release Alaska trout fisheries in the state, it’s a prime location for a remote Alaska fly-in fishing lodge. Massachusetts native and forester Mark Miller pitched a tent at this site in 1974, naming it Talaheim Lodge. Mark now has 34 years of experience …

  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $3,000 to $4,000 Per Person
    4 - 5 Days: $2,000 to $3,000 Per Person
    2 - 3 Days: $1,000 to $2,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing
Map of Talvista Lodge

The Talvista Lodge sits just 75 miles from Anchorage along the Talachulitna River. The lodge is a beautifully constructed three story unit with guest rooms on the second floor, which is complete with a bear viewing balcony. For dining, the lodge hosts three meals a day, including a full breakfast, brown-bag lunch, and a three-course dinner. Expect large portions of Alaskan style foods. You won't leave …

  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $3,000 to $4,000 Per Person
    4 - 5 Days: $2,000 to $3,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing
Map of Beartracks Lodge

Beartracks Lodge sits at along the foothills of the beautiful Alaskan Range where the Talachulitna River meanders towards the ocean. This is a fly-in lodge about an hour from Anchorage. Where guests can opt to fish locally or charter a helicopter charter and fish remotely for the day. The lodge consists of a main lodge and log cabins. There are hot showers, comfortable beds, and family-style meals. …

  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $3,000 to $4,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing
Map of Talstar Lodge

Talstar Lodge sits on the shores of the Talachulitna River in Southcentral Alaska. The Talachulitna River passes just south of the beautiful Alaska Range. The river runs for 33 miles before it joins the Skwentna River. This is Rainbow Trout country, and this world-class fishery can be accessed through the Talstar Lodge. The lodge is a series of backwoods cabins that sleep between three and five guests. Cabins are equipped with twin beds, linens, and flush …