Overall this place is a great. This is a family owned business and if you can accept this you will love this place. We found the owner's and staff to be great. The owners were very friendly and shared stories and information. I felt that they helped create a great experience for our group. Jim the owner even provided a large sockeye fillet for us so we could compare it to the silver salmon we caught (all cooked to perfection on the grill). He also provided us with tastes of smoked salmon. We all could tell he really wanted us to have a great experience. I felt that he would have done anything possible to help us enjoy our time at the lodge.
We took a fly out fishing trip and all caught silver salmon. One person limited out, another caught one under limit and I caught 1 but I have very little fishing experience. Our guide put us on fish. The water was so clear we were basically sight fishing. It was really nice. The silver season had just started and like fishing in general in 2012 (alaska) it was slow. That being the case we were very pleased to have plenty of bites and some really good catches. The fresh silver are great eating and I still have a good bit at home in the freezer. The plane ride was one of the best things we did on our trip. We flew over glaciers and it was a great experience. Highly suggest this trip.
The next day we went on the lower Kenai river. The silver fishing was very slow for everyone. The pink salmon were their in mass and provided a great day of fishing. We all caught alot of pinks. They are not as good to eat but provided a very fun day of fishing.
This place provided a lot of bang for your buck. Fly outs are not cheap and from the price shopping we did you could not get a better deal anywhere in Alaska. The rooms were simple but had the basics (our cable worked). The location was very quite and relaxing. We were close enough to get beer and food but far enough away to enjoy the lodge. The logde is more like being at a friends house who has a seprate guest house. For our group this was great because in Alaska I was not looknig for a sheek resort. I wanted great fishing, a chance to meet local Alaskans, and quite relaxing stay. I found all this at the Dennise Lake Lodge at a price that is very hard to beat in Alaska. Oh yeah the breakfast was very good, and the provide lunches were enough to keep us full for a long day of fishing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We provide deluxe lodging, within the lodge or in adjacent cabins - overlooking the breath-taking Denise Lake. All rooms feature a private bath, TV and refrigerator. We also have Group Cabins with kitchenettes. BBQ on the deck to cook your delectable catch at day's end. High speed internet, a computer, laundry facility, parking, fire pit, canoes, paddle boat and breakfast are also available. The quiet, friendly and relaxed atmosphere at the lodge creates a warm setting to experience the best of Alaska. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Alaska Denise Lake Lodge Soldotna