Bristol Bay Fishing Lodge

Flies or Lures

Mulchatna River - Salmon and Rainbow Fishing

Fly or lure fish the Mulchatna River in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The Mulchatna is a breeding ground for all five species of Pacific salmon. The river also boasts world-class Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Grayling, and Northern Pike. The roundtrip floatplane flight from Iliamna to the Lodge is included in the package.

The Mulchatna River

Salmon fishing the Mulchatna River in Bristol Bay, Alaska

The Mulchatna River, a 160-mile tributary of the Nushagak River, carves through the pristine wilderness of Bristol Bay, Alaska. This remote river is renowned for its untouched beauty and exceptional fishing opportunities, particularly for salmon and rainbow trout. The Lodge is based on the river with easy access to two other rivers—the Koktuli and Stuyahok.

2024 Season:  Chatna Lodge is open from June 26 to September 12.
Group Size:  Chatna Lodge caters to eight anglers per week.

The Fishing Program:

Rafting a Salmon-Filled Stream

Boats:  18 ft. Lowe flat-bottom boats with 30 to 45 HP Yamaha outboard motors. Drift or wade fishing.
Guides:  Experienced guides are well-versed in the fishing and the area. Guides prepare a shore lunch each day. The owner, who is also the head guide, has his Wilderness First Responder license and Coast Guard license.
Equipment:  Fly and spin fishing gear—rods, reels, flies, etc. Waders and boots are available for you to use, but please request sizes ahead of time.
Fishing License:  An Alaska fishing license and king salmon stamp are not included in the package.
Fish Care:  The Lodge provides vacuum-packed fish care for up to 25 pounds of your catch.

A Typical Fishing Day:

Rafting a Salmon-Filled Stream

A Typical Fishing Day:
You'll have a hot-cooked breakfast.
By 8:30 am - You'll head down the trail to the boats for an eight to 10-hour day of guided fishing.
Midday - Guides prepare a shore lunch of freshly caught salmon in season.
At 5:30 pm - You’ll usually return to the Lodge.
At 7:00 pm - Dinner is served.
After dinner, tie some flies, play cards, or get in some unguided fishing near the Lodge.

Fish Species

Mulchatna River Alaska Rainbow fly or lure fishing with Alaska Remote Adventures and Fishing with Larry

King Salmon:  Generally run from late June and closing on July 24. The Lodge prefers to practice catch-and-release with kings, only saving jacks under 24 inches. The limit is 2 per day, 4 per year. (2023)
Rainbow Trout:  The Mulchatna and its tributaries offer excellent rainbow fishing. These wild fish run thick in certain parts of the river system.
Sockeye:  also known as Reds, run thick in the Mulchatna starting at the end of June through mid-August. By the time they reach the Lodge, the Sockeye are often really red and spawning.
Silver Salmon:  also known as Coho, start running in early August to early September. Known for their acrobatics, these stunning fish are thick in the river and provide non-stop action.
Arctic Grayling:  Grayling are a high-elevation fish. Although elusive, they can be targeted in the surrounding streams.
Northern Pike:  Pike are caught year-round at the Lodge, but early spring and late fall fishing is best.
Dolly Varden are in good numbers from mid-July through mid-September.

Chatna Lodge on the Mulchatna

Chatna Lodge is a Fishing Lodge on the Mulchatna River in Bristol Bay, Alaska

Chatna Lodge is the only established lodge on the Mulchatna River. The Lodge sits on 80 acres of private land that is surrounded by state land.

Aerial View of the Lodge

Aerial view of Remote Alaskan Adventures Fishing Lodge on the Mulchatna River

The Lodge has four bedrooms and bathrooms and comfortably accommodates eight anglers. Oversized black leather recliners, generated electricity, hot showers, a fly-tying desk, river views, and wildlife viewing.
Communications:  Starlink Wi-Fi is available at the Lodge. A satellite phone is available in case of an emergency.

Four Bedrooms at the Lodge

The Dining Area at Chatna Lodge on the Mulchatna River in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

Two anglers per room with a private ensuite bathroom. The bedrooms have two full-size beds or a full bed with a bunk bed, as pictured above.

Meals at Chatna Lodge

Dining area at the Fishing Lodge on the Mulchatna River.

Meals:  Hot-cooked breakfasts. Daily guided-prepared shore lunches with the morning catch plus sandwiches and chips. Dinners feature a nightly entree such as prime rib, king crab, fresh salmon, ribs, and more. With advance notice, the Lodge can accommodate special dietary needs. Sodas are available for purchase.
Alcohol:  The Lodge does not provide alcohol. You can purchase any alcohol for the trip while you’re in Anchorage. Or, with advance notice, the Lodge will buy alcohol for you and bill you at -cost.

Five Salmon Species

Salmon Fishing at remote Alaskan Adventures Fishing Lodge on the Mulchatna River.

The Lodge on the Mulchatna River

Floatplane at Chatna Lodge on the Mulchatna River in Bristol Bay

40-Minute Floatplane Flight

You'll take a 40-minute Floatplane flight from Iliamna to Chatna Lodgge on the Mulchatna River. The roundtrip floatplane flight is included in the package.

Getting to Chatna Lodge:

1.) You’ll fly to Anchorage and stay one night at a hotel of your choice.

2.) The following morning, you’ll take a one-hour charter flight to Iliamna. This roundtrip flight is not included and runs $550.00 to $670.00 per person (2024). The Lodge will arrange this flight for you in advance, to be paid at the time of your check in with the airline.

3.) From Iliamna, you'll take a 40-minute floatplane flight and land on the river near the Lodge. You'll walk up to the Lodge, about 100 yards.
(The roundtrip floatplane flight between Iliamna and the Lodge—is the only flight included in the package.) The first- and last-night hotel stays in Anchorage are not included in the package. A list of recommended hotels is in our confirmation packet.

2024 Rates:

Lodge Season:  June 26 - September 12.

7-nights at the Lodge
and 5.5-days guided fishing

$6,000.00 per person

Bear Viewing Option:
An 8-hour bear viewing excursion may be arranged for an added fee. Request an information packet for details.

Signed Release:

The Lodge requires a signed Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Assumption of Risks, and Indemnity Agreement.

Request a Mulchatna River
Information packet  

The Packages Include:

• Roundtrip floatplane flights between Iliamna and the Lodge
• 7-nights lodging
• Meals and sodas at the Lodge
• 5.5-days guided fishing
• Starlink Wi-Fi
• Use of fly and spin fishing equipment
• Fly-tying materials
• Use of waders and boots
• Up to 25 pounds of vacuum-sealed salmon
• Airline-approved wax fish box

The Packages Do Not Include:

• Airfare to Anchorage, and return
• First and last night’s lodging, ground transfers, and meals in Anchorage
• Roundtrip charter flight between Anchorage and Iliamna
  ($550.00 - $670.00 p.p.)
• Fishing license and king salmon stamp
• Rain gear
• Alcohol
• Gratuities
• A fuel surcharge may apply.
• Global Rescue
• Travel Insurance
• Anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Fishing Travel Experts

Guy Schoenborn

1-800-205-3474 ext. 1

MT Office:  406-322-5709


Brad Staples

1-800-205-3474 ext. 3

Cell (503) 250-0558