Rainbow King Lodge Alaska

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THE BEST ALASKA FISHING LODGE

Situated on the pristine shores of the largest lake in Alaska, Rainbow King Lodge provides luxurious accommodations and expertly guided sports fishing experiences in the midst of one of Earth’s last true wilderness environments. With a capacity of only 16 guests per week, you’ll be on first-name basis with the staff the entire time, and you will feel like you’re staying in the very well-appointed vacation home of a friend. Alaska fly-fishing lodge guests enjoy:

  • A comfortable lounge for sharing fish stories with other guests
  • A billiards table
  • Luxurious recliners by the fireside
  • Well-stocked fly shop
  • Card tables
  • Mixers available for bring-your-own spirits
  • A relaxing hot tub to soothe away the aches and pains of a hard day fishing
  • HD TV for relaxing during the evening
  • A driving range for the golf enthusiasts in your party
Rainbow King Lodge Grounds
  • Warm hospitality
  • Top quality bedding
  • Handcrafted gourmet meals
  • Secure Wi-Fi to keep in contact with family and business connections
  • Over an acre of meticulously kept lawns and flower gardens
  • Gourmet meals at dinner
  • Freshly prepared stream-side lunches while out fishing
  • Made-to-order breakfasts
  • Customized menus to accommodate virtually any dietary needs

At least one of the salmon species will be available at all times of the season, allowing you to plan your trip to include the species of your choice. While all Salmon species will never run at the same time, the best overlap of runs will occur from mid to late July.

Rainbow Trout are available throughout the season, with the largest and most plentiful being available during June and mid-August through September. Arctic Grayling fishing is always excellent, as is the Arctic Char and Northern Pike.

Read what others have written about the Rainbow King Experience

Trophy trout and silver salmon fishing in September

"The rooms are clean and comfortable with private bath. The lodge is a great gathering place with hot tub, pool table, card table and big screen TV. You will not loose weight as the chefs are incredible. The guides are knowledgeable, helpful and always have a smile on their face. Truly the best fishing lodge regardless of your fly fishing expertise as there are many fish less than a stones throw away." - mccarrollray
Rainbow King Lodge
2017-12-26T14:08:16+00:00
"The rooms are clean and comfortable with private bath. The lodge is a great gathering place with hot tub, pool table, card table and big screen TV. You will not loose weight as the chefs are incredible. The guides are knowledgeable, helpful and always have a smile on their face. Truly the best fishing lodge regardless of your fly fishing expertise as there are many fish less than a stones throw away." - mccarrollray

27 years and counting

"I have been coming to Rainbow King Lodge for 27 years now and plan to go back again next year with two friends. I have experienced different owners and different guides over that period. Today, RKL is the best it has ever been. If you want the ultimate in fly fishing adventure they can give it to you. I have come during the first week of the season all the way to the last week of the season. Each is unique and you can find your special week based on what you want to experience. All you have to do it ask them.
All the best." - Bob B.
Rainbow King Lodge
2017-12-26T14:15:28+00:00
"I have been coming to Rainbow King Lodge for 27 years now and plan to go back again next year with two friends. I have experienced different owners and different guides over that period. Today, RKL is the best it has ever been. If you want the ultimate in fly fishing adventure they can give it to you. I have come during the first week of the season all the way to the last week of the season. Each is unique and you can find your special week based on what you want to experience. All you have to do it ask them. All the best." - Bob B.

Rainbow King Lodge, more than just fishing

"Some people think that they go to a fishing lodge to go fishing only. How wrong they are. Rainbow King Lodge is very well managed. You get to experience Alaska. Walk the streams to see they clear water, fish, see the bears up close. Great accommodations, great food, easy to get along with. This is a great place for your wife, brother, best friend. The flights to the many areas to fish are spectacular and the highlight of the trip, unless you like the fishing. I've gone every year since 1993. I can go anywhere and my favorite place is Rainbow King Lodge." -  Dr. Schlichtemeier
Rainbow King Lodge
2017-12-26T14:12:44+00:00
"Some people think that they go to a fishing lodge to go fishing only. How wrong they are. Rainbow King Lodge is very well managed. You get to experience Alaska. Walk the streams to see they clear water, fish, see the bears up close. Great accommodations, great food, easy to get along with. This is a great place for your wife, brother, best friend. The flights to the many areas to fish are spectacular and the highlight of the trip, unless you like the fishing. I've gone every year since 1993. I can go anywhere and my favorite place is Rainbow King Lodge." -  Dr. Schlichtemeier

Fishing Trip Of A Lifetime!

"My 11-year-old son and I recently spent a week at Rainbow King---July 17 to 23rd 2016. We were greeted at the Iliamna airport by the guides and taken to the lodge which is only a few miles away. From the minute we arrived, we were welcomed by the staff and immediately felt their warm hospitality. The other guests must have felt it as well, and everyone just sort of naturally mixed. We had a wonderful dinner, and then a quick briefing on the week ahead by Gus. Our room was great, and the beds are very comfortable! We were awakened by a knock on the door the next morning and in came the hot coffee and hot cocoa for my son----not too bad! We went to the dining room for breakfast, back to our room to get ready, and off we went. It's that simple. Each day was a new adventure followed by relaxing in the "rec room", a great meal, lots of laughs, and a great nights sleep. The fishing was incredible, and the guides were AWESOME. They were all extremely personable, polite, attentive and knowledgeable. Not only can they fish and instruct, but they can cook the best shore side lunches I could have imagined. The pilots and the aircraft were also AWESOME! We were in Heaven. Gus and his crew are the most hospitable, and professional bunch of people I've ever met---hands down. The owners and staff of Rainbow King have got it figured out! John Jr. did not want to leave….. If you are looking for a first class Alaska fishing experience, look no further. The fishing was incredible (sockeye, rainbows, grayling), but it was the people who made it a truly special experience. Thank you, Gus and your crew for taking such good care of us and making our trip of a lifetime so perfect!" Capt. John F
Rainbow King Lodge
2017-12-26T14:18:42+00:00
"My 11-year-old son and I recently spent a week at Rainbow King---July 17 to 23rd 2016. We were greeted at the Iliamna airport by the guides and taken to the lodge which is only a few miles away. From the minute we arrived, we were welcomed by the staff and immediately felt their warm hospitality. The other guests must have felt it as well, and everyone just sort of naturally mixed. We had a wonderful dinner, and then a quick briefing on the week ahead by Gus. Our room was great, and the beds are very comfortable! We were awakened by a knock on the door the next morning and in came the hot coffee and hot cocoa for my son----not too bad! We went to the dining room for breakfast, back to our room to get ready, and off we went. It's that simple. Each day was a new adventure followed by relaxing in the "rec room", a great meal, lots of laughs, and a great nights sleep. The fishing was incredible, and the guides were AWESOME. They were all extremely personable, polite, attentive and knowledgeable. Not only can they fish and instruct, but they can cook the best shore side lunches I could have imagined. The pilots and the aircraft were also AWESOME! We were in Heaven. Gus and his crew are the most hospitable, and professional bunch of people I've ever met---hands down. The owners and staff of Rainbow King have got it figured out! John Jr. did not want to leave….. If you are looking for a first class Alaska fishing experience, look no further. The fishing was incredible (sockeye, rainbows, grayling), but it was the people who made it a truly special experience. Thank you, Gus and your crew for taking such good care of...

The lodge is comfortable and the food is good

"The Rainbow King Lodge provides as much fun as can be packed into a week of fly fishing in Alaska. The lodge is comfortable and the food is good, but the quality of the guides and the fishing is just fantastic. The float planes take you to extraordinary settings, great fishing, and a wonderful opportunity to understand why Alaska is so important to preserve and enjoy. Don't miss it!" - Vincent G
Rainbow King Lodge
2017-12-26T14:20:01+00:00
"The Rainbow King Lodge provides as much fun as can be packed into a week of fly fishing in Alaska. The lodge is comfortable and the food is good, but the quality of the guides and the fishing is just fantastic. The float planes take you to extraordinary settings, great fishing, and a wonderful opportunity to understand why Alaska is so important to preserve and enjoy. Don't miss it!" - Vincent G

You Can’t Do Better Than Rainbow King!

"I have been fishing for a week every year for the last 16 years with Rainbow King Lodge! Gus, Becky & Tony are the best! The fishing is incredible, the lodge is amazing, the food, the guides, I cannot say enough about it! I always tell everyone, this is my trip of a lifetime that I do every year! I cannot wait for 2018!" - Rand B
Rainbow King Lodge
2017-12-26T14:06:29+00:00
"I have been fishing for a week every year for the last 16 years with Rainbow King Lodge! Gus, Becky & Tony are the best! The fishing is incredible, the lodge is amazing, the food, the guides, I cannot say enough about it! I always tell everyone, this is my trip of a lifetime that I do every year! I cannot wait for 2018!" - Rand B

#1 premier guide, outfitter, and lodge in Alaska

Rainbow King is the #1 premier guide, outfitter, and lodge in Alaska. There is nothing that compares in regards to the proprietary fishing locations, the lodging, the guides and staff, the equipment, and overall experience of Rainbow King. The food is prepared by top notch chefs and served by staff that are attentive to every little detail. Gus and the staff are the best guides in the world, regardless of your skill level. Bottomline, it’s the best fishing in all of AK, and maybe the world. Book your unforgettable trip with these guys…you‘ll be glad you did.” – Charles H.
Rainbow King Lodge
2017-07-13T11:42:44+00:00
“Rainbow King is the #1 premier guide, outfitter, and lodge in Alaska. There is nothing that compares in regards to the proprietary fishing locations, the lodging, the guides and staff, the equipment, and overall experience of Rainbow King. The food is prepared by top notch chefs and served by staff that are attentive to every little detail. Gus and the staff are the best guides in the world, regardless of your skill level. Bottomline, it’s the best fishing in all of AK, and maybe the world. Book your unforgettable trip with these guys…you‘ll be glad you did.” – Charles H.

Top of the Line Everything!

"From the moment you are picked up at the small Iliamna Airport to the day you depart this fishing lodge does not disappoint! The guides are very professional and friendly and able to help beginner fly fishermen/women to those who are already proficient. The rooms and clean and nicely appointed and the beds are comfortable. The food is excellent! You are able to order breakfast as you like it, lunch is done out at your fishing site, cooked by the guides, and delicious. Dinners are a real treat. The chef is creative and in my opinion as good as any 5-star meal I have had. The wait staff and housekeepers are also friendly and learn your names and make sure you have everything you need. We fished a new river each day and caught silver salmon to take home, and rainbow trout and grayling to release. The rivers are remote so most of the time you fly in and out of the fishing sites. Each river is breathtaking in its own unique way. One can spot bald eagles, kingfisher birds, even a bear or two! Each day is tailored to what you would like to fish for. This is a small lodge - I believe it is 16 people max. Each guide has 2 people only. This lodge is top of the line in every area. An experience to remember! Thank you, Rainbow King Lodge! We will be back!" - Darlene H
Rainbow King Lodge
2017-12-26T14:14:06+00:00
"From the moment you are picked up at the small Iliamna Airport to the day you depart this fishing lodge does not disappoint! The guides are very professional and friendly and able to help beginner fly fishermen/women to those who are already proficient. The rooms and clean and nicely appointed and the beds are comfortable. The food is excellent! You are able to order breakfast as you like it, lunch is done out at your fishing site, cooked by the guides, and delicious. Dinners are a real treat. The chef is creative and in my opinion as good as any 5-star meal I have had. The wait staff and housekeepers are also friendly and learn your names and make sure you have everything you need. We fished a new river each day and caught silver salmon to take home, and rainbow trout and grayling to release. The rivers are remote so most of the time you fly in and out of the fishing sites. Each river is breathtaking in its own unique way. One can spot bald eagles, kingfisher birds, even a bear or two! Each day is tailored to what you would like to fish for. This is a small lodge - I believe it is 16 people max. Each guide has 2 people only. This lodge is top of the line in every area. An experience to remember! Thank you, Rainbow King Lodge! We will be back!" - Darlene H

RKL is the best it has ever been

“I have been coming to Rainbow King Lodge for 27 years now and plan to go back again next year with two friends. I have experienced different owners and different guides over that period. Today, RKL is the best it has ever been. If you want the ultimate in fly fishing adventure they can give it to you. I have come during the first week of the season all the way to the last week of the season. Each is unique and you can find your special week based on what you want to experience. All you have to do it ask them. All the best.”  Bob Buckman
Rainbow King Lodge
5.0
2017-07-13T13:28:01+00:00
“I have been coming to Rainbow King Lodge for 27 years now and plan to go back again next year with two friends. I have experienced different owners and different guides over that period. Today, RKL is the best it has ever been. If you want the ultimate in fly fishing adventure they can give it to you. I have come during the first week of the season all the way to the last week of the season. Each is unique and you can find your special week based on what you want to experience. All you have to do it ask them. All the best.”  Bob Buckman

Great for experienced anglers and novices alike.

“This is Alaska fishing the way it should be experienced by everyone who has dreamt of going! Remote waters, fly in and out on Beaver DeHavilland’s, pristine conditions, knowledgeable guides, helpful staff, and lodging that relaxes and reenergizes you after a long day of catching! Great for experienced anglers and novices alike.” – Kirk S., August 2016
Rainbow King Lodge
5.0
2017-07-13T13:28:44+00:00
“This is Alaska fishing the way it should be experienced by everyone who has dreamt of going! Remote waters, fly in and out on Beaver DeHavilland’s, pristine conditions, knowledgeable guides, helpful staff, and lodging that relaxes and reenergizes you after a long day of catching! Great for experienced anglers and novices alike.” – Kirk S., August 2016

Holy Grail of fly fishing

“When friends ask about my experience, the answer was always the same, ‘It was the best 6 days of fishing I have ever had. I have found the Holy Grail of fly fishing.'”
– James Wright
Rainbow King Lodge
5.0
2017-07-13T11:37:40+00:00
“When friends ask about my experience, the answer was always the same, ‘It was the best 6 days of fishing I have ever had. I have found the Holy Grail of fly fishing.'” – James Wright

Trip of a Lifetime!

"I have read, and agree with, all of the other positive reviews of Rainbow King Lodge. I took my two young adult sons here in August 2016. Neither of my boys had extensive experience fishing, and I wanted to hook them on the sport if you will. They both had the time of their lives, catching (and releasing) dozens of beautiful, hard-fighting rainbow trout a day, as well as hooking some salmon (the Silver run was late this year), grayling, and Dolly Varden. Every day was a different, and fun, experience for us, including hiking the length of rivers, taking small outboard jet boats, rafting, and driving to a secluded spot on a river where Rainbow King had built a small shelter and you could fish all day or take a nap as my younger son did in front of a roaring firepit after he caught his daily limit of Silver Salmon! In short, we loved our experience at Rainbow King Lodge and look forward to returning one day soon." - Mark S
Rainbow King Lodge
2017-12-26T14:16:55+00:00
"I have read, and agree with, all of the other positive reviews of Rainbow King Lodge. I took my two young adult sons here in August 2016. Neither of my boys had extensive experience fishing, and I wanted to hook them on the sport if you will. They both had the time of their lives, catching (and releasing) dozens of beautiful, hard-fighting rainbow trout a day, as well as hooking some salmon (the Silver run was late this year), grayling, and Dolly Varden. Every day was a different, and fun, experience for us, including hiking the length of rivers, taking small outboard jet boats, rafting, and driving to a secluded spot on a river where Rainbow King had built a small shelter and you could fish all day or take a nap as my younger son did in front of a roaring firepit after he caught his daily limit of Silver Salmon! In short, we loved our experience at Rainbow King Lodge and look forward to returning one day soon." - Mark S

True experts

"Fantastic experience salmon and trout fishing. True experts and fantastic accommodations." - Lauren K
Rainbow King Lodge
2017-12-26T14:20:56+00:00
"Fantastic experience salmon and trout fishing. True experts and fantastic accommodations." - Lauren K
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THE ULTIMATE ALASKA FLY-FISHING EXPERIENCE

Rainbow King Lodge operates seasonally from June to September. Sea-bright king salmons lead the charge in June, providing some of the most challenging angling on the face of the planet, with sockeye salmon following their lead in late June and early July. Chum salmon and pinks are next, with silver salmon providing the grand finale in August and September. The grand prize of Alaska fishing, rainbow trout are available all season with the huge trophy rainbows moving up out of Lake Iliamna in Mid-August and September. Arctic grayling and Arctic char are both hard fighters that are in the rivers and creeks all season.

Illustrations © Joseph R. Tomelleri

Rainbow Trout
Rainbow Trout
Chum Salmon
Chum Salmon
Lake-Trout
Lake-Trout
Chinook-Salmon
Chinook (King) Salmon
Pink Salmon
Pink Salmon
Northern Pike
Northern Pike
Sockeye Salmon
Sockeye Salmon
Arctic Greyling
Arctic Greyling
Pacific Halibut
Pacific Halibut
Coho (Silver) Salmon
Coho (Silver) Salmon
Dolly Varden
Dolly Varden

Rainbow King Lodge combines the wilds of Alaska with the luxuries of the modern escape.

LUXURY ALASKA FISHING LODGE ACCOMMODATIONS

Unlike many other fishing lodges in Alaska, where guests participate in combat fishing with hundreds of others, you’re more likely to see moose, brown bear, foxes, and other wildlife than fisherman outside of your own party and the guides. The fishing grounds for guests of Rainbow King Lodge include over 30 streams and rivers in the Iliamna/Katmai watershed that have been secured for exclusive access via private licenses. You’ll depart from the lodge in the morning on an aircraft equipped with floats to your fishing destination of the day. There will be one guide for every two anglers, and you’ll enjoy a hot lunch prepared by your guide in the fresh air on the shore of the river or stream where you’re fishing. Here is what you can expect from our Alaska fishing lodge when you’re not out fishing…

Fly Out Lodge
Fly In / Fly Out
exclusive waters
Exclusive Waters
High Speed Wi-Fi
High Speed Wi-Fi
Hot Tub
Hot Tub
Fly Shop
Fly Shop
Beginner Friendly
Beginner Friendly
fireside recliners
Fireside Recliners
Mobile Service
Mobile Service
Gourmet Meals
Gourmet Meals
Wildlife Viewing
Wildlife Viewing
HD Television
HD Television
Billiards Table
Billiards Table
Five Star Bedding at Rainbow King
Five Star Bedding
The Lounge
Driving Range
Driving Range
Card Tables
Card Tables

CONTACT

For current availability, booking, rates, and anything else, just send us your current info and we’ll get
back with you as soon as we return from today’s fishing excursion. Call: (800) 458-6539