FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
Staying in Anchorage
We have a partnership with the Coast International Inn Anchorage, located on Lake Hood near the airport, who provide a special rate for clients of Nushagak River Adventures. Additional details will be provided in our Travel Information document we will send once you book a stay with us.
From Anchorage guests will take a flight to King Salmon, Alaska via Alaska Airlines, PenAir or Ravn. We recommend using Alaska Airlines. Book your commercial airline flight with the plan to arrive in King Salmon by noon on day one of your trip. You’ll be greeted at the King Salmon airport by our partners at Branch River Air. They will gather your luggage and take you to their dock for a scenic 35-minute floatplane ride to Nushagak River Adventures. The cost of the floatplane ride is included in the trip price. Plan to depart King Salmon for Anchorage no earlier than 4 PM for the return flight on the last day of your trip.
You are welcome to bring alcohol, beer or wine. We welcome you to relax in a responsible manner. Alcohol is not allowed on the boats and may be consumed in camp only and at your own risk. We do not have a liquor license and therefore do not sell or provide alcohol at the lodge.
If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions please send an email to [email protected] with your specific needs at least two weeks prior to your trip—the sooner the better. We will work with you to accommodate.
Anglers can purchase Alaska fishing licenses online prior to your trip and print them at home. Make sure to purchase a king salmon stamp if you are coming during king season in June or July and purchase the license for at least as long as you’ll be fishing. Please make sure to purchase your license ahead as they are not available in camp. Anglers must have a “paper” copy of their Alaska fishing license in their possession at all times when fishing. Purchase them online at https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/Store/.
Your fishing guide will fillet and vacuum seal your salmon with our commercial-grade, air-chambered vacuum sealer. It gets placed in our freezer immediately. On the day of your departure we’ll add your salmon to a 50-pound, airline-approved transporting box to accompany you on your flight. If guests are staying overnight in Anchorage before departing for home, the hotel we recommend in Anchorage has freezer storage for guests. There is also freezer storage at the Ted Stevens International Airport you can use for a fee.
Throughout the summer guests can expect an average of 40 to 70° F with a likely chance of rain daily. Temperatures drop in August while rain fall increases. Plan to bring quality rain gear and multiple warm layers. We recommend Gore Tex® for maximum weather protection.
Nushagak River Adventures currently has three showers, three flush toilets, and three sinks in a shared bathhouse with one toilet/shower room dedicated to the ladies in camp. In Spring of 2019, before the season starts, our team is rebuilding the bathhouse to include a separate entrance for ladies.
All of our fishing guides are Red Cross certified first responders with their certifications kept up to date. We have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in camp as well as surgical supplies and several first-aid bags. There are first-aid bags on every boat. In an extreme emergency we have contact with a helicopter for transport to the Dillingham Regional Hospital. It is a smart idea to think about travel insurance.
We accept payment in quarterly installments with the final sum due by April 30th of the year of your trip. Reservations not paid in full by April 30th will be forfeited and subject to our cancellation policy.
Rarely guests need to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances. Our policy is cancellations after January 1 the year of your trip are subject to 100% of your deposit forfeited unless the space can be rebooked. If the space can be rebooked you may transfer your deposit or payments to another available date the same year or in the following 2 years based on availability. We are not responsible for loss of fishing time, lodging, flight delays or any changes because of weather, actions of third parties and acts of God. You may want to consider obtaining travel insurance. We partner with Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance to provide options for Fish The Nush guests.
Our team appreciates any tip you want to bestow on them. The industry average for guides is $50-100 per angler per day. When asked, we recommend about 5% of the value of your trip for the Executive Chef and Sous Chef who will split the tip. And we suggest 2% of the trip cost to the camp hand and housekeeper who will also split the gratuity. Guests should feel free to tip more or less congruent with the level of service you received and we encourage you to offer what feels good to you. Please hand tips directly to your guide, chef, or camp hand so they can show their gratitude. Guests commonly tip at the end of their stay. Please feel free to use the envelopes provided in your cabin.