Alaska’s Anvik River Lodge Mission Statement
Having the distinction of being Alaska’s most remote full-service fishing lodge can likely mean that we’re one of the most remote full-service fishing lodges in world. Our mission is to share and excite one’s spirit with the wonder and beauty of this vast wilderness with all who come here, whether it be guests or staff members. We will always strive to provide a positive life changing experience that encompasses a harmonious blend between the creature comforts of society and our beloved mother-nature.
ANVIK’S RICH HISTORY
The Anvik River is rich in historical value in the Athabascan culture. In the 1800’s it was used an overland trade route by Russian arctic explores between the middle Yukon and Russian sea ports in St. Michael, Alaska. The village of Anvik has a modern-day population of about 80 residents. There’s a small museum here that our guests are welcome to visit. The oldest Episcopal Church in the state of Alaska was built in Anvik during the late 1800’s. Almost 75 miles upriver is the property that the Anvik River Lodge is on. This was once a private homestead from the early 70’s and still has a few original structures that were built by the first homesteaders here.
THE HICKSON FAMILY
After already spending almost 20 years in bush Alaska, we had the incredible opportunity to become partners in Alaska’s Anvik River Lodge back in early 1996. Ten years later we were able to purchase the lodge and became sole owners. When making the decision to take the giant step to become lodge owners and give up the security of our steady jobs – the key factor was “what a great way to raise our children”. Our daughter Alyson and son Blair, who were 7 yrs. & 5 yrs. old when we started, have been by our side since the beginning. And now for us, after having spent over 40 years in Western Alaska we truly appreciate the untouched beauty & wonder of the vast wilderness found here.
CLIFF has fished & hunted in Alaska since the mid 1970’s and is an accomplished fisherman and big game guide. Although he leaves most of the fish guiding up to our son and the rest of our fantastic guide staff, he is more than happy to give pointers to novice anglers. He’s a gentle soul that is extremely capable of dealing with any hurdles that come his way while running such a remote business. The bulk of Cliff’s time is spent making constant improvements to this already fantastic place. And after living in bush Alaska for over four decades along with his other worldly adventures, he’s got some unbelievable stories to share.
CHERYL doesn’t get out on the river as much as she’d like to because she’s busy at the lodge making sure every creature comfort is attended to. Her love of cooking is apparent in every meal. She and the house staff provide down home cooking with a touch of what she refers to as “wilderness gourmet”. Having catered banquets of up to 400 people in the past, Cheryl prefers the cozy atmosphere she’s created at the Anvik River Lodge. Her favorite time of the day is when she can sit down at dinner with the guests and listen to their stories and share her tales of life in the bush.
BLAIR at the age of 28 already has over 10 years of fishing & hunting guide experience under his belt and loves to tell stories of growing up here. He and fiancée Shelby are looking forward to taking over the family business in the next few years and continuing the legacy of this unique and special place that is such a big part of their lives. They’re a perfect combination to run this remote paradise. Shelby is a cheerful, hard-working and capable young woman that effortlessly knows how to make everyone feel welcome and well taken care of. As they both step into managerial and ownership roles, we happily cheer them on.
ALYSON spent many summers as mom’s right hand at the lodge. Being 30 years old now, she has started a new chapter in her life. She and her military husband Taylor (TJ) are expanding our family with in 2019 with their first child and we couldn’t be more thrilled. When they were stationed in Anchorage she was an invaluable help during the guest season as expeditors and point of contact. Whether it be picking up a 500# meat order or an “O” ring for the generator, Aly understands from her years of experience out here the importance of getting supplies shipped asap. Having recently been re-assigned out of state we know that no matter how far away from Anvik they travel, there will always be a bit of “Aly Bug’s” touch here at the lodge.
Along with our fantastic staff of hard working kind & competent young folks, we invite you to come experience an adventure in true wilderness & true comfort at Alaska’s Anvik River Lodge.