|Lower Dean River Lodge operates two steelhead fly fishing lodges on the twenty miles of river above the Dean River canyon; each utilizes a different section of the fishery so that the entire Class 1 section of the Dean is available to our guests. Prospective clients frequently ask what the difference is in terms of the river. The difference is eighteen miles of river; 2 miles of river below the canyon to roughly 18 miles above.
The main lodge is the culmination of close to fifty years of operation on the Dean; each detail, farm to table food, handcrafted railings, a river rock and cedar bar; a reflection of talent and teaching passed down from one generation to the next. Caring for clients both on the river and off the river is what the Dean is all about.
Our main lodge, in operation since 1962; accommodates nine guests and is situated approximately eight miles from salt water. It comprises a dozen buildings including six clean two-person guest cabins with en suite bathrooms replete with heated tile floors, a central lodge for dining and relaxation, a shower house for overflow, an extensive shop, a walk in cooler, and a generator facility which provides 110 volt power throughout the camp.
Outside among giant cedars, ferns and stunning landscaping, guests can enjoy a number of sitting areas for drinks, appetizers or a day in camp. From this location, by hand made wooden jet boats specially designed for the Dean, we fly fish roughly fourteen miles of the river above the Dean River canyon situated two miles from the river mouth. It's some of the Dean's most majestic water with views of high coastal mountains, waterfalls and glaciers.
Our Upper Camp, which we've operated in that location since 1972; accommodates three anglers and is roughly seventeen miles from the salt. It has four buildings and includes hot shower and electricity on demand. From our Upper Camp we fly fish the upper five miles of river navigable by boat.
Both camps are fully staffed with a guest to help ratio of 3:2. Meals are prepared with pride using fresh food which is flown in weekly. Breakfast and supper are served family style in the lodge..