PO Box 89, Kiana, AK, USA
Kiana Lodge Reviews
The Kiana Lodge Jul 10, 2008
The Kiana Lodge offers a very unique opportunity to experience remote and wild Alaska. Kiana is located in the northwestern part of the state about thirty miles above the Arctic Circle in the 'Land of the Midnight Sun'. The village sits on a bluff that overlooks the confluence of the Kobuk and Squirrel Rivers and is populated by four hundred Inupiat Eskimos. More than three hundred miles from the nearest road system, the village is reached by small plane or boat, primarily from Kotzebue.
Lorry and Nellie Schuerch own and operate Kiana Lodge which is located about a mile upstream from Kiana on the Kobuk River. They both grew up on the Kobuk and Lorry has been riverguiding for fifty years. They customize fishing and river tours for small groups ranging from two to six people which allows for a personal and unforgettable experience.
The mighty Kobuk River contains world-class fishing which includes arctic char, chum salmon, northern pike, whitefish, and burbot, but the main catch is the rare sheefish. Related to the whitefish, the sheefish of the Kobuk River are the largest in the world and can reach sixty pounds. Lorry knows where to find them and Nellie knows how to prepare them.
The lodge operates from early June until the winter in late September. While fishing the uninhabited Kobuk Valley with its unspoiled scenery, it is not uncommon to see moose, brown and black bear, wolves, fox, and a wide variety of birdlife including arctic terns, ravens, and sandhill cranes. In the fall the Western Arctic caribou herd passes the area on its annual migration toward southern feeding grounds - 500,000 strong.
After closing up our nearby mineral exploration camp we had the good fortune to spend a night here. The Kiana Lodge has much to offer anyone interested in experiencing arctic Alaska. Visit their website at www.alaskasheefishing.com for details about the lodge, fishing, and river tours. The site also has excellent pictures.
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