Aleutian Rivers

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The Alaska Sapsuk (aka Hoodoo River) is located 500 miles Southwest of Anchorage on the Alaska Peninsula. The camp is located just an hour from the Bering Sea village of Nelson Lagoon.  The Sapsuk Camp is located 16 miles northwest of Nelson Lagoon on the banks of the Sapsuk River (aka Hoodoo River ). The Sapsuk Camp offers excellent accommodations and fishing opportunities. Access to this camp is only available via jet boat on the river. Travel time from town to the camp varies but is usually a scenic 50-minute ride.

The camp is located on a high bluff looking over the river.  Our two home pools are some of the most productive on the river, so you can fish late into the night.


Contact Property Manager

email: Pat Vermillion
email: Scott Schumacher
Call Pat and Scott : 406-222-0624

The Fishing

We have a 3 to 1 guest to guide ratio.  They can help the beginner learn how to cast, or show the experienced fly fishermen how to reach a tricky undercut bank. They will give you as much or as little assistance as you desire.


The accommodations at our riverside camps are insulated, heated, solid platform constructed weatherport structures.  Our guests sleep in comfortable beds with a bath-house style shower facility with on demand warm running water as well as what might be the nicest outhouses in the state.


Please contact us for the most up to date rates. Includes all accommodations and meals during the week, and guides services.  Not included is the airfare from Anchorage to Nelson Lagoon, liquor, fishing licenses and gratuities.  Hotel rooms or food expenses due to weather delays getting to the camp are not our responsibility.


During King season we recommend a 9/10 wt single handed rod or a 9 wt 12 ft spey rod.  During Silver season we recommend 8/9 wt single handed rod, spey rods and switch rods also work.  We do have Trout and Dolly Varden so bringing a 5 wt is nice to have.  We would suggest a floating line for Trout and Salmon and a sinking line for Salmon (optional).  Please bring at least 3 9 ft 1X tapered leaders and 20 lb and 15 lb tippet spools
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Why Aleutian Rivers

Nelson Lagoon is on the Alaska Peninsula (located 500 miles from Anchorage), far beyond the areas typically reached by traveling anglers. The village has about 60 year-round residents (80 percent Alaskan natives, the majority Aleut) in 25 households. Until recently, there were few fresh-water recreational fishing opportunities in this area.  We have received permission to trespass on the uplands of our rivers.  This gives our fisherman unique access to each fishing hole, where others have to stay in the river.

Itinerary in brief

Arrival Day

We strongly recommend all travelers arrive in Anchorage one day prior to your trip date.  All passengers will leave mid morning for Nelson Lagoon.  It is roughty a 2 hour and 20 minute flight.  You are then transfered upstream to the camp which is about an hour boat ride.

Fishing Days

We usually go fishing right after breakfast, and fish as long as you would like.  The guides will usually return right before dinner to give you time to shower and have a drink.  Please note one of the best fishing spots is right in front of the camp and you are welcome to fish all evening.  Fishing in the evening and morning is not guided, so we encourage you to fish with a buddy.

Departure Day

On the exchange days, you might get some fishing time in but fishing time is limited. You will depart Nelson Lagoon mid morning.  You will  then board the charter to Anchorage.