2022 DIPNET CHARTER RESERVATIONS OPEN JANUARY 1! SECURE YOUR FAVORITE DATES EARLY!
We are excited to be the only Charter on the Copper to offer bulk flake as well as bagged cubed ice for sale at our campground. Flake ice is used by commercial seafood processors because of its excellent heat transfer characteristics resulting in superior cooling and fresher products. Don't buy ice in town and have it melt, wait till you get to the river and buy only what you need! Our ice will have you covered!
If you will be visiting us with a tent, RV or even car camping we are excited to offer reserved spots at our campground! Please contact us for availability.
It is cost prohibitive to send a charter out with one person onboard so we set minimum booking requirements of two people to prevent this. In an effort to accommodate singles, we programmed our software to show available charters that singles can book into. This means at least two other people have booked spots on that date and time opening the boat to additional passengers. If we get multiple requests for single bookings for a date and time, we will open that spot. To get on the singles call list please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or text us at 907-903-2329 and detail the date, time and permit you are interested in fishing and any flexibility you have and we will work to get a group together.
WHAT IF FISH AND GAME CLOSES ONE OF THE DIPNET FISHERIES?
The benefit of "Booking the Boat" allows you to fish either above the bridge OR below the bridge on your charter date and time. So wait to get your permits until a few days before your charter date, good news all permits are available online and we can even print them at camp if needed. Please note, It is nearly unheard of for Fish and Game to close down the Subsistence Fishery.
If for example DF&G closes the Personal Use Fishery on your scheduled charter time, we WILL BE FISHING above the bridge and you will need the Glennallen Subsistence Permit for your charter day.
Don't take our word for it! Google our credentials. Being true professionals we strive to meet or exceed all requirements to operate our business and lead the industry by proudly holding more licenses, permits and credentials than any other charter on the Copper!
AK eXpeditions has never been issued a citation by any state, local or federal agency for any reason. We follow stringent regulations and work closely with Dept of Fish & Game, and the Alaska State Troopers and are proud to say none of our clients have ever received violations while participating on our charters.
Yes we do offer discounts on our fishing and dipnetting charters! To honor our Greatest Generation, we offer The Greatest Discount. With this discount any WWII veteran will fish FREE with AK eXpeditions. All other military, retirees, veterans and first responders receive a $20 discount with proof of ID. Discounts not available on Big Game Hunts or Transports or in conjunction with other discounted fares such as Book the Boat or Show Specials.
It is customary to tip your fishing guide (usually 10-20%) of the charter price, the guides strive to make your trip on the Copper River safe and memorable. They prep the boat and gear, hustle on deck to assist you with your fish, clip the fins, bleed and sort them and ensure your permits are in compliance. Having a fun, knowledgeable and upbeat crew can take the sting out of a tough day of fishing. A tip is always appreciated in recognition of a job well done regardless, of fishing success. Click on "More on Tipping" for a great article by Orvis.
Unfortunately, we cannot make any such guarantee. Although it is not common to leave a trip empty handed, it can happen. We will do everything in our power to give you the best possible chance to catch fish. In the end, fishing is often a fickle endeavor that is unpredictable based on water conditions, run timing, weather, and debris levels. It also relies much on the dipnetter's skill level and physical abilities. It is our job to safely transport our clients on the Copper River and put them "over the fish." We do so in comfort, safety and in a fun-filled enjoyable atmosphere. From there, the remainder is up to the dipnetter to net the fish and ensure it is landed. It is unlawful for our crew to pull up the net or fish on the dipnetter's behalf. If the net is not pulled up fast enough, it is common for the fish to escape before being hauled aboard. Dipnetting is a physical endeavor, and the level of skill and experience in dipnetting is directly related to its success.
Please understand, you are booking a charter to safely navigate the Copper River to dipping locations along the river and use our crew, boats and dipnets to ATTEMPT to catch fish. You are NOT booking a charter to be supplied with fish. As such it should be clear NO REFUNDS of any kind will be offered should you not be successful in catching any fish. There is definitely a large amount of skill involved in dipnetting from a boat and that only comes with time on the water.
We understand that life happens. If you are in need of canceling a trip, please let us know as soon as possible. Due to the nature of our seasonal business and remote location, if canceling is ultimately what you need to do we offer the following schedule based on when you cancel you charter.
CANCELING 15 DAYS OR MORE FROM CHARTER DATE
A full refund will be issued.
CANCELING 14 DAYS OR LESS FROM CHARTER DATE
A 50% refund will be issued.
CANCELING 72 HOURS OR LESS FROM CHARTER DATE
Refunds will not be given for any reason. Here is a short explanation of why we must enforce this policy. After you have made a reservation and sent us your deposit we can no longer market that charter. We turn away numerous fishing parties every year because we are fully booked. When we turn these parties away they go to other charter services or make alternate fishing arrangements and may never try our services. If you cancel your charter, we have lost the opportunity to sell this charter to any of these other parties. We understand your charter is a vacation for you, but please understand that we depend on the revenue earned from our 10 week fishing season for our livelihood.
RESCHEDULING YOUR CHARTER
If rescheduling is available a $25 fee per person will apply. Rescheduling a full boat a $125 fee will apply.
Though extremely unlikely, please note we cannot be responsible for Department of Fish & Game Emergency Orders that may negatively impact your trip. We will rebook at no cost within the current season or the following season.
Customers will receive a full refund in case of operator cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances. Contact us by phone to cancel or to inquire about a cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price.