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A labour of love, Pitt River Lodge is crafted by hand from massive timbers, native stone, edge cut fir, wood floors and cedar burls. Our beautiful post and beam style lodge is a remarkably civilized place in the midst of absolute wilderness. Cozy cedar rooms, some with ensuite baths, games room with bar and wrap around covered porch all within minutes of the river ensure that you won't miss a second of fishing time and be able to swap your fishing stories in comfort.

During your stay you will be looked after by a friendly dedicated team who will make you feel warmly welcome from the moment they greet you to the moment they wave farewell to those who arrived as guests and left as friends. Consistency is of course paramount in the quality of our guest's experiences with us and we continually strive to ensure that whatever your particular wants or needs may be we will do our utmost to meet them.

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One of the key ingredients of a stay at Pitt River Lodge is the culinary experience. Our cooks delight in preparing good home cooked meals, home-made breads and special desserts. With bountiful supplies of fresh wild salmon from the mighty Fraser River, fresh vegetables, and fruits with wonderful treats, dining at Pitt River Lodge is always a satisfying experience. Breakfast and dinner are served buffet style at our gorgeous 14 ft redwood table and lunch is usually enjoyed streamside or wherever your activities may take you.

Danny and Lee Gerak have made their home on the Pitt River for more than 20 years, during which time they have fought repeated battles to save the valley, while building a family run operation that has become known to anglers around the world.

Danny first visited the Upper Pitt, as the river above the head of the lake is known, as a boy on fishing and hunting trips with his dad, Fred. Later the family acquired a small parcel of land on the banks of the river. Danny had followed in his father's footsteps as a commercial fisherman, chasing salmon all over the British Columbia coast, before focusing his efforts on the lower reaches of the mighty Fraser River, near Vancouver.
In the off season he worked with Lee, hosting sports anglers in a collection of small cabins on the Pitt.

The beautiful Pitt River Lodge now sits centre stage in a clearing in the forest with some of the original small cabins scattered nearby. A second majestic building, the Fly Fishing Lodge, stands on a bluff far up river, opening up to anglers a whole new section of remote water.

As the reputation of the Pitt River Lodge grew and grew, so did demands on Danny and Lee's time. Danny eventually sold his commercial fishing licence to concentrate full time on running the sports fishing operation with Lee.

castAlong the way Danny and Lee took on numerous battles to save the river, turning back logging that would have seen side valleys clearcut, a massive gravel mine that would have polluted a watershed rich with coho habitat, a power project that would have dammed seven tributaries, and a proposed power line that would have slashed through old growth forest in an adjacent provincial park.

Twice, in 2000 and again in 2008, the Pitt River topped the list of British Columbia's 10 most endangered rivers because of the various developments that threatened it. But Danny and Lee rallied wide support and turned back all the projects that would have damaged the river and its surrounding landscape.

In 2005 they helped convince the provincial government to spend $1.3 million to clean up an old logging camp garbage dump that had been exposed when the river shifted in its bed. That year Danny and his guides picked up over 400 bags of garbage - helping to keep the Pitt River looking as pristine and wild as a river in remote Alaska.
Over the years Danny and Lee have hosted anglers from around the world, have housed timber fire fighting crews and have even helped a few adventurers who came to the valley seeking a lost gold mine that is supposed to lie somewhere in the big, gnarly mountains that surround the valley.

While Lee runs the lodge, keeping the rooms trim and filling her kitchen with wonderful aromas as she whips up gourmet meals in the wilderness, Danny is in charge of all the crazy logistics. He gets the anglers in an out to the remote lodges, hooks them up with some of the best guides in the business, shuttles rafts up and down the river, makes sure everyone is properly equipped to fish and unfailingly gets up well before dawn to start the lodge's stove so guests can get up to warm floors and the smell of fresh coffee.

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Our Professional Guides

guidesThere are so many reasons why a guide is vital anywhere in the world but on the Pitt River the need is even more acute. The need for the raft is critical as the water levels change constantly making it hard to access many spots of the river without one. With the raft you will enjoy peacefully drifting the entire length of the river, stopping to walk and wade from both sides of the shore along the way.

We are proud of our guide crew. All of them have the imperative skills of very keen eyes and great knowledge of our local rivers from how the variety of species in our river behave to the entomology required as the season progresses- these skills are a vital qualification for them to work at Pitt River Lodge. Our guides understand that not everyone has the same fishing skills or wants to walk at a fast pace. They are skilled not only at teaching but at tailoring each individual day to suit the many and varied requirements of our guests. We have 100% confidence that a day on the water with a Pitt River Lodge guide will not just be a fishing experience!

The Pitt River is a tricky river to run with lots of shallow and tight corners caused by sweepers and trees which fall into the river during high water periods. The Pitt is also known to change its course quite frequently over the course of the season, which is why we choose to use 11'6"-14'6" inflatable self bailing white water rafts. They are the safest ride on the river and they enable us to stop and fish any piece of water we choose. They also work well giving jet boaters a ride back after they hit a gravel bar or a log jam.

Guide resumes can be sent by email to info@pittriverlodge.com Only serious fly fishing guides need apply. All guides must have rafting skills and be willing to take the Swiftwater Rescue course.

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