Bristol Bay Sportfishing’s lodge is located 190 miles southwest of anchorage. Air service between anchorage and Iliamna is provided by PenAir, an Alaska airlines partner, for reservations call 1-800-448-4226. Iliamna air taxi is also a Bristol Bay Sportfishing regular schedule partner serving Iliamna for over 25 years; please call Nancy at 907-571-1248 for reservations.
Once you arrive in Iliamna our staff will meet you at the airport and provide transportation to the lodge. Guest who are flying their own aircraft to Iliamna will find Iliamna airport capable of handling both reciprocating and jet aircraft. Should your airline schedule require an overnight in anchorage please visit one of our recommended hotel and dining establishments as listed below.
Major airlines have daily flights to and from Anchorage and major cities worldwide:
Internet based travel services (Expedia, Orbitz) and your local travel agents can easily help you with your reservations to and from Anchorage. You may wish to tour Anchorage for a day or two, and some flight connection schedules will necessitate an overnight stay in Anchorage. We recommend the following hotels near the Anchorage airport:
HISTORIC ANCHORAGE HOTEL “***”
330 E St.
Anchorage, AK 99501-2399
Phone 1: 907-272-4553
Toll Free: 800-544-0988
web site: http://www.historicanchoragehotel.com
National Register of Historic Places.
Restored historic building located downtown. Free continental breakfast, newspaper, coffee makers and hair dryers. Personal mini bars in each room.
MILLENNIUM ALASKAN HOTEL ANCHORAGE “****”
4800 Spenard Rd.
Anchorage, AK 99517-3236
Phone 1: 907-243-2300
Toll Free: 800-544-0553
web site: http://www.millennium-hotels.com/anchorage
World-class ambiance on lakeside setting. Deluxe 248 room hotel on Lake Spenard. In-room refrigerators, hair dryers. Wildlife displays. Lakeside dining. 24-hour room service. Outdoor patio.
500 West Third Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
Web Site: Hilton
Located in the heart of downtown, the Hilton Anchorage stands out for its convenience and comfort. Just a 10 minute drive away from the Ted Stevens International Airport and a block from the Alaska Railroad Depot, the hotel is also within one or two blocks from fishing opportunities, flight-seeing businesses and tour companies, museums, Nordstrom's and the 5th Avenue Mall and many unique Alaska-themed boutiques. Within 5 short blocks, over 100 dining options surround the Hilton Anchorage, in addition to our own dining establishments, the Top of the World and the Hooper Bay Cafe. Situated on the 15th floor of the West Tower, the Top of the World Restaurant features Alaskan seafood fine dining and an exquisite view overlooking the Alaska Mountain Range.
Barrett Inn -Board Room
4616 Spenard Road
web site: Westmark Hotels
Captain Cook Hotel and Restaurant
(907) 276 - 6000
Simon & Seaforts
Seafood & Prime Rib
(907) 274 - 3502
Lamb Veal & Seafood
(907) 278 - 4502
Club Paris Alaska's Premier Steakhouse
(907) 277 - 6332
Rental cars and taxis are generally abundant at the airport, reservations are always a a good idea though. Most hotels also have shuttle services, but reservations should be made for your specific connection times.
If you have a chance, downtown Anchorage is a fun place to tour.Iliamna is a dry town, so if would like beer, wine or alcohol during your stay this is a good opportunity to “stock your cooler”. Here is a web cam of downtown anchorage.
Iliamna Air Taxi has guaranteed seats for our guests on their flights. Ask for Nancy when you contact Iliamna Air Taxi. You will need to identify yourself as a client of Bristol Bay Sportfishing to get this fare.
Lodge staff will greet you at the Iliamna terminal and load your gear up in one of our SUV’s for the short drive to the lodge.
Most airlines allow you to check two bags, plus your rod case, without additional charges. They may charge you an additional bag fee for your fish on the return flight. Your fish are packaged in waxed, airlines approved containers and will travel with you as baggage. If you have to overnight on your return trip, most hotels in Anchorage will store your fish in their freezers for the night. Also, there is freezer storage at the Anchorage Airport. Since the “911” incident airlines are getting much more restrictive with baggage, please check with your specific carrier for weight and carry-on limitiations. All carriers have different regulations with respect to baggage.
Travel with your camera gear, reels and flies, included in your carry-on luggage. Please try to use soft, duffel-type luggage if possible. It packs easier in the float planes. Carry a few large plastic bags, or TFS Wader Briefcases for storing your wet clothing and wading gear, for the return flight home.
In the unlikely event of a family emergency, be sure to leave the number of your hotel in Anchorage, and the number of the lodge with your staff and/or family.