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“Flights, Food, Fishing Fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Kulik Lodge

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Kulik Lodge
Naples, Florida
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“Flights, Food, Fishing Fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2011

My son and I arrived 7/29 and stayed thru 8/2/11. We went on the recommendation of a collegue who had gone last year at the same time. Absolutely fabulous! From the Katmai Air transportation to the Kulik Lodge general mgr. Pete, head guide Chaad, Chef and staff, everything and everyone was beyond expectation. We definitely had the feeling they wanted us there and to have a great time.
We did 1 flyout to fish for Salmon, unfortunately the Silvers "COHO" had yet to run, but we caught so many "Chum" Salmon it was unbelievable. Saw three bears on that trip, a very large estimated 800#r+, a 4-500#r, and finally at smaller 300#. Others who had gone to Brooks Lodge (which is included) reported seeing hundred+ bears...
What a fantastic time we had, and are already thinknig of a return trip....
The Lodge is very accommodating, the individual two person cabins are perfect with separate very comfortable twin beds, very welcomed hot shower, gas heat if needed. Only thing we would do next is pack lighter, but warmer and particularly have a rain jacket with hood suitable for submersion while fishing...as you fish from 7am to 11pm except for time out for sensational buffet meals....the best is the Salmon Chowder.
If you think you would just like to relax you can, but if you are into the fishing program then there is NO REST FOR THE WEARY!-----No Complaints, just fun. We would personally recognize two terrific guides Colby and Tyler who got us to the fish and Tyler particularly assisted and instructed us in improvement for our fly casting.
I would be remiss if I did not mention Russ the Katmai Air pilot---yes now after flying with you I do believe you just learned to fly and you do do it beautifully even in the 50knot cross winds.....Kulik Lodge staff and crew...THANK YOU FOR A MOST MEMORABLE TRIP....we will be back!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2010

My husband and I won a 5 day , four night stay at Kulik Lodge through a Sweep-Stakes. We were nervous as we have never fly fished before. Within an hour of our arrival the very helpful and friendly staff fitted us with boots, waders, rods and reels. We were assigned our own guide who very patiently thought us to fish. There were so many bears on the river and the scenery was incredible.
The food was wonderful and the family style dining with the other guests and staff only added to the experience. It was amazing how quickly we were transformed into fisherman with the help of dedicated and friendly Kulik fishing guides. We even fished the day we left for home, something we never imagined we would be doing. My husband and I have traveled the world and this tops our list of vacations. If you want the adventure of a life time without the hassle and anxiety of putting all the pieces together this place is for you.

Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2010

This was by far the most memorable place we have ever visited. Everthing was incredible from the peace and quiet of flyfishing to the incredible food and deserts. Oh and the Bears, who could forget them. (20 bears in one view!)

The staff and guide were exceptional, everything was perfect. We hope to go back again soon

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2010

Had a truly memorable experience at Kulik Lodge. Our first time in Katmai National Park and we picked a winner most definitely! I can understand why some of the guests have been going there every year for decades. 5-star food and service, professional and knowledgeable guides and comfortable super clean accommodations.

Don't miss a day trip to Brooks Lodge for bearviewing (Kulik sends a guide with you for the day), sockeye fishing the Brooks River (phenomenal with more bearviewing for added value), and the hike to Ukak Falls in the Valley of 10,000 Smokes. (Be in relatively good shape for this hike!)

This is the experience of your Alaska dreams!

Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2010

We flew in to Kulik Lodge on July 25, 2009 from Anchorage and flew out on July 29, 2009. It was my first experience fly fishing and my first trip to Alaska. The lodge, facilities, and service are all first class. Meals are incredible and you will never be hungry. The guides will teach you how to fly fish and will take care of all of your needs. This is a very remote location and airplane is the only way to get here, but the lodge and rooms have all modern facilities including hot showers, fresh water, electricity. The staff spends the entire season at the lodge and they are all very friendly and helpful. The history of the lodge and Alaska fishing is amazing. You can fish on the Kulik River close to the lodge for great rainbow trout fishing or fly out to various locations for other species of salmon, trout, etc. For a true Alaska fishing adventure, you will not regret choosing kulik Lodge!

  • Stayed July 2009
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Phoenix, Az
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2007

This is a destination fishing lodge but there is plenty of wildlife and sites nearby if fishing is not your only interest. The fishing, however, was excellent.

You can bring all your stuff, or nothing. The Lodge will supply you with rod, reel, waiters, boots, etc. This was extremely convenient for those in our group that had never fly fished before. There is a well stocked mini fly shop on the grounds in case you forgot something.

The lodge has it's own landing strip and we were greeted by the manager and staff immediately upon touching down. No time was wasted transferring bags, passing out room keys, issueing fishing licenses, providing equipment and getting us out on the Kulik River to fish.

Our visit was in later September which was a little late for the silver salmon but we caught ample rainbows and artic char. The Kulik River is immediately adjacent the lodge while we did short flyouts to the American and Brroks rivers on other days. Guides were polite, friendly and as always, very helpful.

At the end of a long day of fishing all I want is a cocktail, good food and easy conversation and Kulik Lodge provides exactly that. Beverages are included in the price (premium liquor poured) and the lounge area is full of most of the lodges 26 or so guests. Following an ample cocktail hour, they will provide an incredible dinner served family style at their 4 or so large dinning tables. Sit with different people at every meal and you get to know a lot of new people. Food was excellent - every meal - and ample.

Breakfasts are as good as dinners and coffee is deliverd to your cabin porch with a light knock on the door so you don't miss the fishing. Lunches are provided for your flyouts or you can return to the lodge if you fishing the Kulik.

Rooms are small cabins, two twins, small desk and chair, shower and head - all very clean. Beds were comfortable, warm and the evenings were quiet. Spent several evenings sipping bourbon and watching the sun set from the cabin porch

There are many Alaskan fishing lodges but Kulik is certainly one I would not hesitate to return to or recommend to others. They know their business, they know why you are there and what you want, and they provide it. And they do it all calling you by your first name when you get off the plane.

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  • Stayed September 2006, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Kulik Lodge

Property: Kulik Lodge
Address: Kulik Lake, Katmai National Park and Preserve, AK
Location: United States > Alaska > Katmai National Park and Preserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Katmai National Park and Preserve
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Alaska's Premier Fly Out Sportfishing Lodge Kulik Lodge is Alaska's premier fly out sportfishing lodge and is located in a spectacular wilderness setting. Superb fishing is available adjacent to the lodge on the Kulik River. The Kulik River is the epitome of a rainbow trout stream. Its gin clear water, gravel bottom and plentiful food supply provide an ideal habitat for the large population of native rainbow trout. Besides the great fishing right near the lodge and on the Kulik and Nonvianuk Lakes, including fly outs with your stay will provide the means to fish other hot spots within a 100-mile radius of the lodge and allow you to take advantage of the variety of species of fish available in southwest Alaska: rainbow trout, arctic char, grayling, lake trout, pike, and five species of Pacific Salmon. Kulik has riverboats cached at various productive rivers and streams; or you may take a one day float trip or hike in from your landing area to a hidden stream. The opportunity to view the breathtaking scenery of southwest Alaska is always a bonus. The Aleutian Range includes numerous active volcanoes, glaciers and the multicolored tundra. Kulik's comfortable guest cabins accommodate two people and are equipped with modern facilities. The native spruce lodge building boasts a large stone fireplace, dining area and bar where complimentary cocktails are served each evening. In the relaxed camaraderie of Kulik, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, new friendships are formed and old friendships reaffirmed. ... more   less 
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