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The Kispiox River is renowned for great salmon fishing, and with the largest strain of wild steelhead in the world, it is truly a steelhead fishing paradise.

Meandering through the Skeena Watershed, the Kispiox River offers up long knee-deep runs and riffles and large bouldered pools. Whether you are a dry fly fanatic, prefer wet fly, or small barbless spinners, Bear Claw Lodge brings it all to you.

The ultimate angling experience – the thrill of steelhead fishing on a fly – is a hallmark at Bear Claw Lodge. Bring your favorite rod, waders and flies. We provide the ride and the guide. If you are more of a novice, the staff will arrange for one of their expert guides to introduce you to the sport of kings, including providing you the gear if you need it.

A classified river, the Kispiox River by its nature has exclusive, limited British Columbia fishing opportunities each season.


In 2003-2004, the new 15,000 square foot post-and-beam Bear Claw Lodge was constructed within casting distance of the Kispiox River. Mountain and river views, abundant wildlife, and flat meadow bench lands are a worthy backdrop for this spectacular facility.

This salmon fishing lodge is truly a luxury resort, crafted with an intricate medley of fine joinery and post and beam construction, featuring luxurious theme rooms, local art, carvings and paintings. Bear Claw Lodge is illustrative of exemplary local craftsmanship, a testament to the creativity native of artisans and trades of the Kispiox Valley.

Totem pole sentries flank each side of a massive, three-story stone fireplace that heats the common areas of the salmon fishing lodge. Each suite includes beds and furniture designed in a pioneer or First Nations flair, then fittingly draped with goose down duvets and pillows. All rooms boast a three-piece en-suite draped with plush towels and bathrobes. Both telephone and internet access are also available for those who need to keep in touch with the outside world.

Professionalism and a warm, friendly environment make your time at Bear Claw Lodge enjoyable and relaxing. Homestyle gourmet cuisine includes hearty breakfasts, lunches – often packed for you to take on your Kispiox River steelhead fishing expedition – and relaxing dinners will provide the perfect complement to a day on the water or exploring the Valley. The dining room looks out over the river through 26 ft of floor to ceiling glass wall. This room gives the impression you are dining in the wilderness but with a warm and peaceful atmosphere after an exhilarating day of outdoor activity or looking for the much prized Kispiox River salmon or steelhead.

For your indoor enjoyment, Bear Claw Lodge offers a large recreation room downstairs consisting of a custom river rock spa, billiard table, dartboard, foos-ball table and a large plasma television. If you are a fly fishing aficionado 2 fully stocked fly-tying stations provide an outlet for your creative side as well.

Other Activities

You may spend your entire vacation fly fishing for steelhead trout or, if you prefer, you can use your free time off the water to enjoy customized day-trip adventures coordinated for you by the Bear Claw Lodge. A river float trip, horseback riding, heli-skiing or backcountry hiking and touring are among guests’ favorite alternative activities.


One of the best kept secrets in the world, the Bear Claw Lodge is a two-hour drive from Smithers, a booming yet quaint tourist town in north-central British Columbia. The town of Smithers hosts an airstrip to accommodate both private and commercial liners with daily flights to and from Vancouver, British Columbia.

An outdoor adventurer’s paradise, the Kispiox Valley is framed on all sides by majestic snow-capped mountains spilling glaciers into the valley to literally hundreds of clear fish-bearing lakes and streams, such as the Skeena River.

Trip Rates

Example Rates – subject to change by operator

(All rates per person)

Salmon Season Kispiox Non-Classified Waters
#01June 29 – July 067 day*$3,500.00 Can.
#02July 06 – July 137 day*$3,500.00 Can.
#03July 13 – July 207 day*$3,500.00 Can.
#04July 20 – July 277 day*$3,500.00 Can.
#05July 27 – Aug 037 day*$3,500.00 Can.
#06Aug 03 – Aug 107 day*$3,500.00 Can.
#07Aug 10 – Aug 177 day*$3,500.00 Can.
#08Aug 17 – Aug 247 day*$3,500.00 Can.
#09Aug 24 – Aug 317 day*$3,500.00 Can.
Steelhead Season Kispiox Classified Waters
#10Sept 02 – Sept 097 day*$6,500.00 Can.
#11Sept 09 – Sept 167 day*$6,500.00 Can.
#12Sept 16 – Sept 237 day*$6,500.00 Can.
#13Sept 23 – Sept 307 day*$6,500.00 Can.
#14Oct 1 – Oct 087 day*$6,500.00 Can.
#15Oct 08 – Oct 157 day*$6,500.00 Can.
#16Oct 15 – Oct 227 day*$6,500.00 Can.
#17Oct 22 – Oct 297 day*$6,500.00 Can.
#18Oct 29 – Nov 057 day*$6,500.00 Can.

* 6 days guided fishing.

** Trip dates are guidelines only. We would be happy to customize your adventure to suit your travel dates.

Included: roundtrip transfers between Smithers airport and lodge, luxury accomodations, meals, guide and inflatable rafts. Gear, rods, reels and waders can be provided with sufficient notice.

Not included: international flights, 6% Canadian Goods and Services tax, any purchases you may wish to purchase at the lodge and staff gratuities

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