Bearclaw Lodge and Alaska Kingfishers
Bearclaw Lodge and Alaska Kingfishers
An epic Bristol Bay, Alaska ownership of a turn key freshwater lodge or dynamic family legacy. Two businesses at separate locations wrapped into a great value. The offering includes 8 different deeded parcels totaling 14 acres, a 10 guest lodge facility on Lake Aleknagik, and a 16 guest remote tent camp on the Nushagak River. Also included are 22 boats and all the equipment needed to provide a world-class experience in the land of endless water ways and mind blowing natural bounty.
The Owners and Operators for Twenty Years
Owner/Operators, Rob and Lisa Fuentes started Bearclaw Lodge, a genuine family oriented business in 2002. Twenty years in the making, the owners are ready to hand over the fishing rod to new stewards of such a special way of life.
The lakes and rivers that make up the Bristol Bay and Wood-Tikchik eco-system are truly remarkable. Rob and Lisa saw this potential and through the years they have assembled all 7 parcels on a finger of land that jets out into Lake Aleknagik, forming a private and protected cove called the Lodge Peninsula. They then added a residence, shop, and equipment laydown property in Dillingham to supply logistical operations.
And finally the Fuentes bolted on Alaska Kingfishers, a world class fly-out tent camp on one of Alaska’s most prolific rivers, the Nushagak.
Don’t miss this opportunity own a piece of the real Alaska where summers are two days in one and the people are as authentic as the environment they cherish.
There is No Place on Earth Like Bristol Bay
This is one of the few intact ecosystems left on Earth, relatively unchanged by the pressures of the outside world’s problems such as drought and population. Instead, millions of Pacific Salmon (all five species) return from the ocean each year on their journey to one of the hundreds of small streams in the area from which they were born. These salmon run a gantlet of predators upstream to a series of massive lakes, some thirty miles long and a thousand feet deep. Eventually, they arrive to the exact spawning bed of their birth, following their ancestors millennium old instinct of navigation to conclude the cycle of life. Their decaying bodies provide unbelievable volumes of nutrients to support some of the world’s largest trout and concentration of bears. This is home to Bearclaw Lodge and Alaska Kingfishers and could be yours as well.
Bearclaw Lodge, built in 1998, is an all-inclusive operation providing all gear, tackle, waders, meals, guides, boats, and fish processing for it’s guests.
The lodge hosts 10 guests in five double-occupancy rooms with shared baths which are supported by a dining room, full kitchen, a gear shed, and a beach front deck situated on 13.8 fee simple acres.
Several ancillary buildings situated on the Peninsula provide owner/manager and staff housing. Custom adventures are crafted using the Bearclaw Lodge as base camp and travel host.
A short boat ride to the world famous “Wak” (short for the Agulawak) for 20-30 inch rainbow might be on one days agenda. Another day, guests could be stepping onto the floats of a classic Alaskan flyout to “Wak’s” sister river that locals refer to as the “Pak” (short for Agulapak) for even more monster rainbows. Some days are spent kayaking the miles of coastline from the lodge spotting bald eagles, spawning salmon, feeding brown bears, and traveling moose.
- Five 16 foot Hog Island skiffs with 4 stroke 40-60 hp Mercury Jet Outboards
- Four 16 foot Lowe skiffs and One 18 foot Lowe skiff with 4 stroke 30 hp Outboards
- One 23 foot Wooldridge Super Sport Drifter with a 350 hp inboard and custom upgrades
- One 20 foot Hewes Craft skiff with a 4 stroke 150 hp Outboard
- Northern Lights 12KW Generator with 8800 KW Magnum Inverter and 1000 AH battery bank
- Fishing waders, tackle, rods, and reels for 10 guests
- Back up generators, four freezers, two fridges, fully furnished living spaces, and kitchen equipment
- Two chambered vacuum packers and fish processing equipment
Alaska Kingfishers is a luxury tent camp, one of the longest standing camps on the Nushagak River.
The camp consists of quonset style, double-occupancy canvas tents on wood platforms which comfortably service 16-20 guests with warm showers, hot meals, flushing toilets, and electricity. It is a small community of 24 tents and 11 river boats. it is an understatement to say this is a fantastic asset and important operation.
Guests target salmon including Kings, Chum, and Sockeye with their guides catering on two clients per boat. Alaska Kingfishers is known for operating some of the best maintained and equipped boats and outboards in the region.
Alaska Kingfishers is located on the same leased parcel from Choggiung Limited Village Corporation since it’s inception in 1995. Recent correspondence with the land manager for Choggiung confirmed their intent to transfer the land lease to the new owner.
- Six 20 foot Alumiweld skiffs with 90 hp Outboards and 9.9 hp Kicker motors
- One 23 foot Alumaweld Super V with Mercury 200 hp Outboard and 9.9 hp Kicker motor
- Two 22 foot ATEC skiffs with 60 hp Outboards and 9.9 Kicker motors
- One 23 foot Seapeople skiff with 200 hp Outboard
- One 20 foot Smoker-Craft with 150 hp Outboard and 9.9 hp Kicker motor
- Fourteen 10x12 Client Tents
- Seven 10x12 Staff Tents
- One 18x46 Dining Tent, a 12x25 Kitchen Tent, a 10x20 Shower Tent and a 12x24 enclosed Storage Shed
- Multiple generators, eight freezers, three fridges, two chambered vacuum packers
- Fully furnished living spaces and needed kitchen equipment
Vehicles and the Dillingham Residential Property
Dillingham, Alaska is an incorporated fishing town with a population of near 3,000 people situated at the mouth of the Nushagak and Wood Rivers on an inlet of Bristol Bay in southwest Alaska. This region is not connected to what is known as the road system to central Alaska. The 6,400 foot runway serves Alaska Airlines commercial flights daily from Anchorage on an hours flight, private charters from the lower 48 often are parked at the airport. Barge service from Anchorage and Seattle supply fuel and other needed supplies to the area. A 22 mile paved road connects Dillingham to Lake Aleknagik where commercial fishing sized vessels can navigate the Wood River to deliver supplies and reduce logistical issues and freight costs. Dillingham is known as the gateway to the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, the Wood-Tikchik State Park, and the vast expanse of the Nushagak River system. From Aleknagik people can travel to Brooks Falls, lake Illiamna, and throughout the refuge and park lands for recreation. Known as the salmon factory of the world, this region is beyond description. Included in the offering is a home, shop and laydown yard on a residential lot near the town of Dillingham at 4515 Diamond Willow Street. Three vehicles are located here to support the two businesses in moving people and goods. The buildings and vehicles are integral to supporting Alaska Kingfishers.
- 2006 Ford 450 Shuttle Bus
- 2007 Ford Van
- 1998 Chevy Suburban
- 932 Acre Residential Lot with two buildings and large gravel storage yard
- 28x36 Enclosed pole barn shop
- 28x40 Home with enclosed storage
- Four 20 foot storage containers
Charlie and Kerry are a father-son team that work with fellow Alaskans to mindfully and carefully transition ownership of their real estate and businesses interests to a new generation for the Last Frontier. We encourage the brave of heart because Alaska is full of challenges that are met with the greatest of rewards.
Kerry can be reached at 907-841-3214
Charlie can be reached at 907-654-5614