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Nelson Lagoon Adventures - Steelhead River Camp
  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $2,500 to $3,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing

Aleutian Rivers Angling hosts two fishing camps on the Alaska Peninsula. Both camps, the Sapsuk River Camp and the Steelhead River Camp sit within a few miles of the village of Nelson Lagoon. This is a remote region that exists on the outskirts of where tourists usually travel. Nelson Lagoon is a small village of 25 houses and guests of Aleutian Rivers Angling are invited by the native peoples to enjoy the natural fishing paradise in these remote waters.

Expect comfortable accommodations with a focus on fishing. Currently, both camps feature Weatherport Tents that sits on raised wooden platforms. The tents feature solar panel lights, padded sleeping cots, and easy chairs. There is a fly-tying table. Guest sleep in sleeping bags with a liner. Expect basic accommodations in a clean and comfortable location.

Meals are served buffet and family style. Guest enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner prepared by local cooks who understand how to create amazing meals. Snacks and beverages are available throughout your day. The focus here is on unprecedented fishing.

Sapsuk River Camp

16 miles northwest of Nelson Lagoon on the banks of the Sapsuck River is where you will find the Sapsuck River Camp. As one of the larger rivers in the Nelson Lagoon area, the Sapsuk River makes an excellent location to fish for Salmon, Steelhead, Dolly Varden char, and Rainbow Trout. Guests are transported to fishing locations via 22 foot jet-powered skiffs with a USCG certified guide. The Kings begin to show up around the first week of June and begin their peak from mid-June through mid-July. The Silver Salmon hit the scene by the middle of August and peak through the middle of September. Between the Kings and the Silvers are the Reds, and those happen to be one of the best eating salmon out of all five species. The Steelhead and Rainbows are available all summer long. Dolly Varden show up from the beginning of June through mid-October. Dolly's are often mistaken for Rainbows. They are excellent fighters and a little bit of a challenge.

Steelhead River Camp

40 miles West of Nelson Lagoon at the mouth of the Sapsuk River is where you will find the Steelhead River Camp. Here, guests fish for kings, silvers, reds, rainbows and Dolly Varden char. Dolly Varden show up from the beginning of June through mid-October. Dolly's are often mistaken for Rainbows. They are excellent fighters and a little bit of a challenge. Dolly Varden are available from June through mid-October. Steelhead show up in mid-September and peak through mid-October. Rainbows are available all summer long. The Silvers peak from mid-August to Mid September.

Nelson Lagoon Adventures supplies guests with all of the fishing equipment needed. Guests are welcome to bring their own equipment. If you bring your own fly fishing gear, make sure that you have fly patterns that match the Alaska salmon and trout tastes. A good tip is to bring a fly box with a range of flies in the colors of bright pink through solid black. A mixture of popsicle patterns works too. Leech patterns are often used too. Rainbows and salmon love the color pink.

Bird Hunting

This is prime bird hunting territory. Mix fishing and birding on your adventures. The local area is host to waterfowl, such as King Eiders, Common Eiders, and Harlequins. For dry land hunting, the area is rich in Ptarmigan. Season runs from October through mid-November.

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