Goodnews River Fishing Lodge in Alaska

  • The ONLY full service lodge located on the Goodnews River.
  • Outstanding runs of all five species of Pacific Salmon
  • Sea run Dolly Varden, resident Leopard Rainbow trout and huge grayling.
  • Almost exclusive access to 490 miles of fishable water.
  • Cast-and-Blast option is available.


Share this fishing trip with your friends.

This Alaska fishing lodge is a rare find in the fishing world. Goodnews River fishing is like it was before the crowds discovered your favorite secret fishing hole. The river is small, and intimate, easy to wade, and located about 450 miles from Anchorage, Alaska. It sits at the edge of the Togiak National Wilderness Reserve and flows into the Bering Sea in southwest Alaska.

If you’ve fished some of the more famous Rivers in Alaska, you know you have to compete for the best spots on the river with other lodges. Not here. The only other anglers you’re likely to see are your campmates!

  • This lodge is the only full service lodge on the Goodnews River.
  • Very little fishing pressure.
  • The Goodnews River is a small, intimate, easy wading River.
  • Outstanding runs of all five species of Pacific salmon.
  • Sea run Dolly Varden.
  • Resident Leopard Rainbow trout and grayling.
  • Weather is rarely an issue.
  • The lodge accommodates 16-24 fishermen.

Salmon fishing on the Goodnews River


If you are looking for an Alaska fishing lodge that puts fishing first, then look no further.

The lodge is located in a remote corner of southwest Alaska and accessible only by private charter airplane. The three forks of the Goodnews River flow out of the Ahklun Mountains, and wander through the Togiak National Refuge as they make their way to the Bering Sea. There are over 490 miles of fish-able streams, braids, creeks and river branches for you to enjoy.

The Goodnews River boasts outstanding salmon runs of all five species of Pacific Salmon, sea run Dolly Varden, resident Leopard Rainbow Trout and Grayling. Chrome bright Salmon, most still with sea lice, are the norm in tidewater. These fish are fresh and feisty, and will challenge your angling skills. Resident Leopard Rainbows and Grayling, along with sea run Dolly Varden can be caught in all three branches of the river, as well a the numerous creeks, streams and braids. It’s a river system as nature intended, with no trace of human interference besides you and your guide.

Aerial view of the Goodnews River


The Goodnews River Lodge itself is located on the North Fork of the river, which is the main branch, right at the upper edge of tidewater. Just seven miles from Goodnews Bay. From there, jet boats can easily access all three forks of the river, as well as the lower tidewater sections.

The lodge consists of a dining hall with commercial kitchen, a bath house with flushing toilets and shower area, a drying room so your gear is always ready for the next day, a Recreation Hall for relaxing after dinner, and newly completed guest lodging. All guests stay in double occupancy Tent/Cabins including their own separate bath area complete with shower, sink and toilet. The lodge accommodates 16-24 fishermen.

Goodnews River LodgeThe cabins are constructed of special hi-tech weatherproof fabric designed to give protection in the extreme Arctic environment. Each with an elevated front porch overlooking the river or the mountains. Just right for relaxing after a long day fighting fish.

Ideal for couples, some are large enough to accommodate a family of three. Any request for a single accommodation can be accommodated if available.

Each guest cabin offers:

  • Full Bath with sink, Shower and flush toilet
  • Front door and cross-ventilating windows
  • Front Porch for gear storage and relaxing
  • Carpeted hardwood floor
  • Thermostatically-controlled propane heat
  • Electric and gas lighting
  • Extra long mattresses with flannel sheets and thick comforter

This is NOT a fly out lodge, so weather is rarely an issue. Access the over 490 miles of fishable water via a fleet of high speed jet boats. It’s all here at the Goodnews River Lodge, and it’s all yours to enjoy.

This Alaskan fishing lodge on the Goodnews River is a rare find in the fishing world.


The best time to go Goodnews River fishing depends on what you want to catch.

Late July, through mid August are our most popular weeks of the season, and we are currently maintaining a waiting list for each of these weeks. However, the fishing is great June through October.

Are you interested in booking this fishing trip?

It’s best to get on the waitlist early. There is no cost to do so, and we will contact you when space becomes available. You will then have the opportunity to book your Alaska adventure.

Get Pricing and More Information

Reference Trip #OI-GRL1


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Goodnews River Fishing Lodge in Alaska”

Ask Us About a Fishing Trip Request pricing and availability

Outdoors InternationalDiscover why thousands of people have trusted Outdoors International to help plan their trips.

Outdoors International has a team of hand-selected fishing experts to help you book your next trip. Our job it is to help you in researching, booking and planning a great trip with one of our amazing outfitter partners around the world.
There's a reason I keep booking this steelhead fishing trip!
Second time I’ve done this particular trip. The steelhead run was awesome! The food was even better than the first time, which is hard to imagine, and our guide is the best there is! If catching big fish is your thing I highly recommend booking through Outdoors International.
Ernie Sorenson
Mark Stasz with a great dorado.
We had an incredible time fishing in Mexico. We've already booked our next trip and can't wait to go back!
Mark Stasz
Greg Pope with a Strobel Lake rainbow trout.

I expected big trout on this trip based on all the stories I've read over the years, and I was not disappointed! I broke my own personal best rainbow trout record at least SIX times on this trip, with the biggest being a 16 pound beauty.

I will be going again soon!

Greg Pope