Nushagak OutfittersNushagak River Lodge

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When should I make my flight arrangements to arrive in Dillingham?

You should arrive the night before your scheduled fishing trip is to begin and stay at a B&B. You should be ready to fly to the lodge early the next day.

( Example) You have booked a fishing trip from June 20th thru the 25th. You should fly into Dillingham on the 19th and stay at a B&B so you will be ready to fly to the lodge the next morning.


2. When should I make flight arrangements to leave Dillingham for home?

Using the same example as above you should book your flight to leave Dillingham no earlier than noon of the 25th or stay at a B&B and leave the next day.


3. How do I get to Nushagak River Lodge from Dillingham?

Freshwater Adventures, an air taxi located next to the Alaska Airline terminal in Dillingham flies our clients to camp in a 8+ passenger DeHavilland Goose. We also use other local transporters in the area that fly DeHavilland Beavers. It is about a 15 minute trip from take off to landing on the river in front of the lodge.


4. Besides my airline ticket to Dillingham and the cost of fishing package what other expenses will I have?

The cost of your round trip ticket from Dillingham to the lodge is approximately $350 (subject to change). You and your luggage will be weighed when you load the plane at Freshwater Adventures and you will pay for the flight at this time. Your fishing license and king salmon tag for 5 days is $85.00 which can be purchased online or at the lodge. The gas for the boat for a 5 day trip costs about $30 - $50 per person with three people to a boat.


5. What am I required to bring on my trip?

First, your personal clothes (including warm items such as long johns, gloves, good rain gear, waterproof footwear, and warm hat). Weather ranges from 45 to 80 degrees. Second, a medium weight sleeping bag, not down. Third, a cooler filled with your favorite soft drinks, snacks, or spirits. We will use this cooler to send your fish home in. THIS COOLER CAN BE NO LARGER THAN THESE DIMENSIONS. 24 INCHES LONG, 14/12 INCHES IN HEIGHT, AND 14 INCHES IN DEPTH . If you bring a cooler larger than this it will have to be left in Dillingham and you will have to purchase a fish box from Freshwater Adventures (our float plane operator) and you will have to transfer your items to it. We are always pressed for space so please bring no coolers larger than the dimensions listed above.. Last, your fishing gear, rods, reels, and tackle box. We do have some gear on hand if you wish to rent rods and reels. We use 7 to 9ft bait casting rods, level wind reels equipped with 17 to 20 lb line. We do sell fishing lures (Spin Glos, Quick fish K-16, and Wiggle warts) if you can't find them where you live. They will be more expensive in Alaska. Oh, and don't forget your camera.

6. What size and type of luggage should I bring?

The biggest concern is overall weight.  You should bring no more than 50lbs of gear, including personal items and fishing gear, in order to ensure you and all of your luggage make it to the lodge. ABSOLUTELY NO SQUARE COOLERS, LARGE LONG DUFFEL BAGS, OR HUGE SUITCASES. IF YOU BRING ONE OF THESE YOU WILL HAVE TO PURCHASE FISH BOXES AND TRANSFER YOUR BELONGINGS. PLEASE ABIDE BY THESE RULES TO SPEED UP YOUR TRANSITION FROM DILLINGHAM TO THE LODGE.


7. How many fishermen to cabin and a boat?

We put 3 people to a cabin unless it is a man and woman then only 2. We can also arrange a cabin to suit a family of 4. We put 3 people to a boat but they will fish 4 people comfortably. The boats are 19.6 Lowes powered by 40HP Honda electric start four stroke outboard motors.  Boats also include oars and fishnets and are equipped with padded Fish-On seats.


8. If I have never fished for salmon before will there be somebody in camp to help us for a short time and show us some of the fishing holes on the Nushagak River?

Due to the high number of return clientele there will always be someone in camp who knows where the best holes on the river are located.


9. What do you have for bathroom facilities?

We have a centrally located bathroom facility that contains 3 showers and 3 toilets. In addition, we have 2 out door privies and a steam/shower room.

10. When and what are the meals like?

We have excellent cooks who prepare home-style meals. We serve a continental breakfast (cereals, pastry, muffins, juices, coffee, cocoa, etc.) At noon everyday we alternate between breakfast (eggs, pancakes, French toast, bacon, sausage, ham, etc.) and lunch (soup, salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, salmon, fried chicken, etc.) For dinner we serve favorites such as salmon, halibut, shrimp, crab, beef, poultry, etc. We also serve many different delicious deserts and have snacks available all day.

11. If I need to stay overnight in Dillingham on arriving or departing can you recommend a place to stay?

Hillside Haven can be reached at (907) 842-5060 or by email at

For a complete list of all options please see the Dillingham Lodging page.