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“blue goobers at funny moose lodge” 5 of 5 stars
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Funny Moose Lodge
Funny River Road, Soldotna, AK   |  
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Durham, North Carolina
1 review
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“blue goobers at funny moose lodge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

4 guys, a van, supplies and fishing equipment. Rolled up to the lodge July 28th. Welcomed by Jim and given itinary for the week and the very few sensible camp rules One halibut trip, one float plane trip, 2 river trips. Charters were brilliant with limits on our target species plus some stellar "bycatch". The floatplane ut of high adventures is a must! Fishing at the lodge was steadily good once we learned how to "floss" the reds. Jim was an awesome host, fish filleter and raconteur, and captain Lou (another splendid character) did a terrific job on vacuum sealing. managing and tallying our catch. George (whom we met...) was most helpful on the front end when booking the trip, provided advice on timing, and even suggested we limit our charters until we see what we like. Other outfits may have quite happily booked us to the hilt while knowing we didn't need so much! Cabins were basic and comfortable and happily came supplied with linens, towels and even kitchen stuff like spices. It was better than luxury camping with a bed, roof, kitchen, hot water, gas grill and outdoor seating in an awesome setting Our fellow fish campers were all good people and the rapport was excellent. I heavily researched coming to Alaska for this trip and you absolutely cannot get a better bargain for a group of 4 than the funny moose lodge for a week with 4 charters. The vacation exceeded our expectations in every way thanks to the facilities, location, staff and organization of the lodge. If you didn't like this place then perhaps you should stick to the Holiday Inn in Orlando :):):)

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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New Braunfels, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

A great place for a serious fisherman. Not a place to pamper your wife. The charter excursions were well organized with expert guides. Neat comfortable, basic cabins. Well organized system for shrink wrapping fish and freezeing them.. They pack them in insulated boxes for taking home as baggage. Great fishing on the river bank at the lodge. The best trip ever.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bishop,CA
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

This was another Fantastic trip to Funny Moose. George and Jim...Thank you for so much fun!!! The Salmon are monsters this year! Every time we come back we learn more about Alaska fishing. PEOPLE if you are looking for the Ritz Hotel this ain't it. BUT if you want a Fish Camp where you have the best bed in Alaska and all the fun you're looking for then this is the place for you. All you need to bring is your food and happy spirit. The people that you meet in camp are from all over the country and you become friends on fishing trips, that is awesome. No where else you can fish the Kenai River, have your Salmon fillet for $1.00 and walk to the processor to have your fish processed for travel. We are already planning trip Number 3. George, Jim See ya soon!!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rigby
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

If I could rate this worse than terrible I would. The accommodations were filthy, we had to clean everything when we arrived. Mind you, I was there for the fishing not for the accommodations. There was no drinkable water and because of the intense smell of sulfur in the water the entire cabin if that's what you'd call it, half a trailer house, smelled so bad it was hard to be in there.
I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone!!!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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JimDicken, Guest Relations Manager at Funny Moose Lodge, responded to this review, July 23, 2012
It is hard to answer any review without knowing which cabin and who is writing it. We check most guests out by 9AM on Saturday and have all 10 cabins ready by 4PM the same day. However occasionally someone shows up early and we attempt to take care of them. This means a change of the linens, sweep and mop and get out so the guest can get in. We prefer and strongly suggest guests not show up before 1 or 2 PM to give us time to get the cleaning done properly. Every week someone shows up at 7AM at my door wanting to check in and we TRY to accommodate them if possible. Our cabins are wooden construction on concrete. They are not trailers. They are built to with stand Alaska's Winters and shelter our guests. They are basic cabins. PERIOD. They are not motel quality and some guests do not get that. This week we currently have 10 cabins booked and ALL 10 are return guests. Some people understand that we provide the cheapest Alaskan Fishing Vacation for a reason. We have taken great pains to show what we have on Youtube.com with embeds of video on the websites. The beds are comfortable, and the restrooms are clean. We did have some minor problems with a sulfur smell in the showers, but it does not permeate any cabin, the smell dissipates quickly in the bathroom. This was caused by an earthquake last year that was 4.6 and shook up the water table. We have installed filters for the water and drinking water in all cabins. NO person has approached me in the last month to tell me of any issues. IF a guest has a problem it is hard to deal with it if they do not tell us. I do not recall any one from Idaho of late from the Rigby area. I have staff on call almost every day that will gladly come in and re-clean a cabin if there is an issue. WE DO NOT offer daily house cleaning. You rent the cabin and it is YOURS for the week.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

We were a party of 4 adults (2 couples) from Nova Scotia Canada. We arrived at Funny Moose Lodge May 25 and stayed for 7 days. Did not know what to expect but found this place to be the most economical so we booked it. It turned out to be great. It is a little out of the way in that it is located about 15 minutes or so out of town, but if your looking for a place to put up your feet and relax this place is perfect. Jim was great to work with. A real friendly guy that did everything possible to make people feel at home. He is the one responsible for booking salmon and Halibut fishing trips. He has been working in the area for quite some time therefor he is a great resource for people wanting to book other adventures as well. We got to meet George the owner as well as Lou, which owns a seperate lodge connected to the same property. They were all terrific and we all felt as though we made friends with the whole gang. There is a beautiful river just down the hill from the property where guests can go fishing as they please. There is also a bench where you can just sit and enjoy the view. I have to say that we as a group have absolutly nothing bad to say about Funny Moose Lodge nor the people that run it. We had lots of fun, met some great people, and we now have memories that we will cherish forever. Thanks for much for everything, we certainly hope to see you all again!!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pennsylvania
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

My girlfriend and myself stayed at Funny Moose the first time this year and we did our research for months prior to planning the trip. We used tripadvisor and read all reviews, made phone calls and we knew what we were getting long before we booked. I can say it was just what they say it is, a fishing camp and that is just what we were looking for this vacation. As far as the cabins we found them to be perfect and just what we needed. We had a clean cabin with clean sheets and blankets along with all the cooking items we needed. We actually enjoyed this cabin as compared to some places we have stayed on prior fishing trips. To be honest if your truely there to fish and enjoy Alaska you dont spend many hours in the cabin or at camp. We spent little time in the cabin or at camp we were way to busy fishing, hiking and site seeing.
When it comes to the people Jim and George, I found both to very nice and concerned about our trip and safety. Jim would go out of his way to help any way he could and George was pleasant to us the whole trip as well as the personal guest George had were very nice. We have both traveled and have been to resorts and or cruises and we have never been treated better then we did here at Funny Moose and this is no lie. I dont think we were just lucky I saw first had Jim going out of his way to help other guest and making them feel at home. The fishing was tough no doubt. Salmon run was down due to the winter they had and water levels. BUT we knew this prior to arriving in Alaska because we did our research from the time we booked right unit the morning we left. We knew what the fish counts were the emergency orders ect. We also had a learning curve to overcome, we had to learn the spots to fish, how to catch and the different rules but we were willing to put in the time, effort and not have someone hold our hand do it for us. This makes the trips more enjoyable when you can have the chances to just go and do it yourself. During our stay in 8 days we only slept 35 hours most of our time like I said was out enjoying the rivers and fishing. We got lots of advice from Jim as to where and how to fish, locals, the tackle shops, others on the river and our guides all were great and pointed us in the right direction to get into fish.
The charters were great no complaints what so ever. All the guides were awesome and very helpful not only on their charter but helping us plan our DIY days.
Overall we had a great trip and are bringing several of our friends wtih us next year. We felt the cabins were just what we needed and no more plan and simple because you don't spend time there other then to sleep and take a shower. As far as Jim what can I say he was wonderful and a true gentleman to us. He helped me with fishing spots, equipment ,tackle and good conversation. He exchanged books with us and was joy to sit and share stories with.
Lou from the camp next door was great guy and did our fish packing and we had no problems. Lou was very helpful with some good tips and site seeing areas.
Can't wait to get back next year.
Jon and Cheryl Pennsylvania

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Riverside, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

Arrived at camp first day it's open. Jim and Lou very nice guys. George the owner couldn't care less to meet any of us. Completely ignored. There are NO FISH the first month of season. NO FISH. Caught 2 small halibut in high horrible seas. Member of party slammed onto floor from waves. It was a pukefest even with patches. Cabins DO NOT have drinkable water! Horrible SULFUR water from earthquake. Must rinse dishes in bottled water before using. Showers STUNK! Absolutely no ocean or lake access locally. You can drive hours and not get to fish able water without a guide. The area is setup for GUIDES. Not you. Local lake had 4" rainbows and only boat access. Kenai river is devoid of catchable fish near camp. Lots of 1" baby fish
Beautiful area. Lots of moose rabbits birds etc hiking trails.
Grocery and restaurants 2-3X regular prices. Local Alaskan Trooper station close to town. I had a visit for my son who is going into law enforcement. Crime and arrests were high all around area. Troopers really earn their money. GREAT people who work hard to keep area secure.
This could have been a great stay IF the owner had said there are NO FISH at ALL in the river and we would have put trip off for 6 weeks BEWARE
2 salmon trips with Jerry NO FISH He won't let anyone touch the fishing poles while fishing. Guides can't fish --He said he doesn't need to fish because all the poles out are his any way. Not fun

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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, Guest Relations Manager at Funny Moose Lodge, responded to this review, June 24, 2012
I will try to answer this one issue at a time...
Jim and Lou good .. George could care less. This is not true. George has hired me for a reason. I am good with people. George has been in the business since the 70's and prefers after years of working with customers to take care of the fishing schedules and the bookings rather than the day to day interaction with guests. We have some of the best guides on the Kenai and George manages to book them and keep the schedule for 10 groups smoothly.
Sulfur Water: We have had some issues with a sulfur smell from one well on the property. There is no "City Water" throughout most of Alaska. The smell is slight but I do understand that some might have a more sensitive nose.
The idea you can drive for hours: Bogus.
The early runs in May and June happen on the lower rivers. We are 38 miles up and we do have trout, dolly varden and the occasional whitefish at camp. May and June are BIG KING SALMON days, The kings on the Kenai Peninsula are the largest in the world and that is what people come for... The rivers are much less pressured than the later months. We book people in May and June specifically for Kings. IT is only 38 miles to the ocean by river and less to the lower river and the Kasilof River where many of our guests fish from the bank in May for King Salmon. Tthey catch fish. The Russian River Reds start coming up the Kenai also and there are places on the Kenai to catch them about 16 miles from camp. There are over a DOZEN parks with lakes with fish and holdovers. There are also lakes in the Skilak Loop area, and there are several parks in the Swanson River area that can be fished. I keep this info available, and I am always willing to help people find places to fish. Had the guest asked I would have willingly provided it.
Grocery Prices: It is Alaska. We are not connected to the lower 48 without going through Canada. We have short growing seasons, most food is barged in, other than seafood, etc. Thus prices here are higher. Still they are not outrageous, and the coupons for Krogers / Fred Meirs you have at home work here as well as the points for gasoline.
Crime: We are 15 miles out of town and have never EVER had a problem here. No customer has ever had a criminal issue in town. The rivers are VERY safe that is where you will spend most of your time.
The idea that there are not fish at all is proven false by the 30 pound king salmon caught by another guest the same week. Other guests caught red salmon on the Kasilof, and some caught what are called Jack Kings which are under 20 inches and there is a limit of 10. We do not control the weather, I am sorry the Halibut trip was not up to your expectations but that is part of weather in Alaska. . There are fish, the review before this is a good example of the difference in customer expectations. The guest was here the same week. Check the dates on that review.
The last comment makes no sense at all. Jerry is one of the easiest going guides on the river. He does tell folks that there is a rod holder to use. Most guides when back trolling in a drift boat watch the rods and when a fish hits can take a good back stroke before the guest can grab the rod and set the hook. Otherwise Jerry tells them they can hold the rod all day. I have personally fished with Jerry several times and he takes great care to give advice that will best get you the fish. I can only imagine there was a missed communication between the guest and Jerry.
Late May and June are not as busy as July for fish, HOWEVER the biggest KING SALMON are caught at this time, and fishing is good normally. Red Salmon, Steelhead, Dolly Varden, are readily caught. The techniques here are specialized but I am always here to help and our guides will be willing to answer questions about fishing in the area as well. It just takes communication.
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Address: Funny River Road, Soldotna, AK
Location: United States > Alaska > Soldotna
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