Skip to main content

Take Your Pops on an Over-the-Top Alaskan Fishing Trip This Father’s Day

Your pops is worth more than a flashy watch or a gift certificate to the bourbon-of-the-month club. This Father’s Day, if you genuinely care about your dad, if he really loves fishing, and if money is no object (we’re talking $25,000 discretionary income to blow), why not take dear ol’ pa on a once-in-a-lifetime, father-son fishing trip to one of the most remote wilderness lodges in Alaska?

Tikchik Narrows Lodge is no ordinary fishing getaway. Perched on a tiny rock outcropping that straddles two lakes in Bristol Bay, the lodge is remote even by Alaskan standards. From above, it appears to vanish amid the surrounding 1.5-million-acre Wood-Tikchik State Park – a wilderness system with more than 13 significant lakes stacked one above the other. To the west, the edge of the lakes touch stunning fjords in the Kilbuck Mountains. It’s a place only accessible by float plane, and the nearest road system is more than 300 miles away. This is an area of Alaska few outsiders ever see – a wild, rugged destination in which to truly disappear.

Guests stay in one of seven rustic, but well-appointed cabins. All offer private entrances and porches with stunning views of the lakeshore and towering Kilbuck Mountains. The goal, of course, is to spend as little time in one’s room as possible, though. Most days are spent on exclusive, fly-out fishing excursions to untouched lakes without another human being in sight for more than 100 miles. The lodge also provides boat tours to the snowfields of Mirror Bay, kayaking in a nearby wilderness lake, wildlife viewing trips to Brooks Falls, and flightseeing tours of the impossibly vast tundra in every direction. The lodge’s private guides facilitate every aspect of every day, including meals, gear, transportation, and their own outdoor expertise.

Obviously, this level of secluded luxury doesn’t come cheap. Per-person rates at Tikchik Narrows Lodge run USD $8,900 per week (based on double occupancy) which includes all meals, accommodations, fully guided, fly-out fishing tours, and all essential gear (tackle, waders, and boots). The only thing you need to figure out is how to get you and your pops there.

If dad is the hardcore adventurous sort, check out these three badass, bucket-list-worthy Father’s Day vacations.

Editors' Recommendations

Mike Richard
Mike Richard has traveled the world since 2008. He's kayaked in Antarctica, tracked endangered African wild dogs in South…
Sony’s best noise-canceling headphones just got a big price cut
A man wearing the Sony WH-1000XM5.

While traveling can be a lot of fun, especially as you get to see and experience new places, one thing that can always be annoying is the sounds of travel. Whether it's the loud whine of an airplane engine or the hustle and bustle of a busy city, sometimes the sound of everything can get overwhelming. That's why it's important to pick the best headphones you can find to help block all that noise out and let you experience things in relative peace. Luckily, one of the best headphones on the market, the Sony WH-1000XM5, has an excellent deal from Best Buy, bringing the price down to $350 from $400, a substantial discount for such a great pair of headphones.

Why you should buy the Sony WH-1000XM5
What sets the Sony WH-1000XM5 apart from other headphones is its industry-leading Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), which easily outperforms comparable headphones like the AirPods Max. It often won't just reduce noise but completely erase it, and one thing that Sony has improved since the XM4s is high-frequency cancellation, which is ideal for places with a lot of people talking, such as coffee shops or crowded bus and train stations. Of course, it also has an excellent transparency mode, which you can switch to easily if you need to talk to somebody or are feeling uneasy and want that extra sense working for you.

Read more
This Belize eco-resort is literally built into the jungle and offers a uniquely local experience
Check out the most jungle-friendly luxury resort in Belize
Hamanasi Sunset

We all dream of disappearing from our lives for a week or more each year to sit on a beach, listen to the ocean, and indulge in relaxation and little umbrella drinks. Of course, now there are a dozen things we must think about that come with this kind of getaway to paradise, from price and customer service to excursions and locations, and believe it or not, the environment.

Everyone's favorite tropical getaway, the Caribbean, sees marine pollution and degradation, coral reef destruction, and high demand for their water and energy resources. The flip side is that the tourism industry is nearly 15% of the region's overall GDP, meaning abstaining hurts the region as much as it helps. Luckily, a resort tucked away in the jungle of Belize has a solution.

Read more
Take the high route when hiking: The best high-elevation hikes around the world
Can you take on these high-elevation hikes?
Hiking in high elevation

Taking the high route involves more preparation, both physically and mentally. True, it's not easy, but the adventure to the top will surely be worth it once you see the amazing view. So to help you get started, we listed below some of the world’s best high-elevation hikes that will take you to new heights while also possibly allowing you to discover something you didn't know about yourself.

Inca Trail, Peru
While there are other trails that can get you to the famous archaeological ruins of Machu Picchu, none or more famous than the Inca Trail. While you can get to the mythical citadel without making the trek, you will miss out on imposing mountain passes, snowcapped peaks visible along the route, cloud forest high in the Andes, and the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Inca. The three- to four-day trek can only be done with an approved outfitter, and there are limits on the number of people allowed on the trail daily. Plan early as slots fill up fast.

Read more