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Becharof Rapids Camp
  • 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

Along the shore of the Egegik River in the Bristol Bay Watershed is Becharof Rapids Camp. It is accessible from King Salmon via float plane and offers guests a pristine wilderness area that is rich in wildlife and fishing opportunities. The camp design features out cabins and a cook house. There are never more than a total of 12 guests per fishing trip.Guests share two bathrooms and two showers that feature an on-demand hot water heater. Guests of the lodge report that they enjoy their stay. Meals are served buffet, and there is plenty of good food. The focus here is 100% on fishing and not on thread count. That is reflected in the price of your stay. The cabins are comfortable, and the fishing makes up for anything you might want at camp. Guests share a common room which features satellite TV, comfortable couches and overstuffed chairs. It is a perfect place to relax after dinner and share stories about your fishing adventure.

The Unbelievable Bristol Bay and Egegik River

The Bristol Bay watershed is prime spawning grounds for all five species of Pacific Salmon. Expect the Kings to start showing up at the beginning of June. A few earlier birds may appear by mid may if the winter was mild. The Chum or Tiger and the Red Salmon show up by the end of June and populate the streams and rivers on into late August and early September. The Red Salmon are so plentiful that they pool in the deep sections of the river in such thick numbers that one could probably reach down and catch one with their bare hands. That is just what the bears do. The Silver Salmon head upstream in the late part of July and peak during the month of August. Silvers are amazing sports fish. They are the true acrobats of the sports salmon world. They strike a fly or lure hard enough to startle you. The kings are the giants. The Alaska record is 125 pounds. The reds, though plentiful can be difficult to catch. Ask your guide how to place the fly at their eye level. The last species is the Pink Salmon, and they spawn only on the even years.

Other Fish that Delight the Sports Fishermen

Rainbows are quite large here. Trophy size is 18 pounds. Arctic Grayling is also present and while small are most amusing. If you are lucky you might encounter a Dolly Varden char which is about the size of a large Rainbow Trout and are amazingly sporty to fish. The Becharof Rapids Camp offers a range of float trips down local rivers. Those trips highlight the best Salmon rivers and offer anglers a wonderful opportunity to experience all that Alaska is, and still fish for amazing species of fish.

Wildlife Viewing and Lifetime Impressions

The local area is rich with wildlife. Most people expect to see bears, and you will. They don't always expect to see wolves, but you will. The caribou migrate through the area and with them come the carnivores. On a good day, you will also see a tenacious wolverine.The arctic fox is shy but curious, and the beavers and otters are busy enjoying the rivers. Overhead are an assortment of raptors, such as bald eagles. The grasslands are full of birds and critters that offer guests a peek into the wild world we call Alaska.

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