Welcome to Bear Claw Lodge

Bear Claw Lodge, Kispiox Valley, British Columbia, is a 15,000 square foot post-and-beam luxury lodge located on the world-famous Kispiox River, just 1.5 hours drive north of Smithers, BC. Gorgeous 22 foot carved First Nations totem poles welcome you as you enter the foyer, set behind the massive, three-story river rock fireplace. Snow-capped Baldy Mountain dominates the view from the dining room windows, a favourite destination for our heliskiers, just eight minutes by air. For our fishermen, the Kispiox River is renowned for being home to the largest strain of wild steelhead in the world. We are proud of our local art collection, including several pieces from world renowned Gitksan artist, Roy Vickers. Our history and pristine wilderness is reflected throughout the lodge. Bedroom sliding glass doors open to a stone walk balcony overlooking the Kispiox River. Our outdoor, handcrafted cedar sauna is just steps away from your bedroom. Eight custom designed bedrooms featuring private ensuites and plenty of spaces to gather and read, chat and enjoy the scenery. Bear Claw Lodge is the perfect location for eco-adventure, wilderness getaways, weddings, corporate retreats, and our family Eco-Wild conservation camps. We invite you to let our knowledgeable and friendly team help you coordinate your perfect stay at Bear Claw Lodge! We encourage you to check out what others are saying about us, below.


Bear Claw Lodge has a wide range of exciting, adventurous packages. These are a few examples of our most popular activities.


“Wow, what a place! I have traveled the globe filming heli skiing for Warren Miller Films. Never have I come across a more 1st class operation. The staff, the food, the accommodations are beyond words. The attention to detail and customer service from both Bearclaw and Skeena was incredible and really appreciated. Be careful because the word will be out next winter in Warren Millers next feature film ‘Stomping Ground’. This will hopefully be the beginning of a long lasting relationship! All the best and thanks so much!”

Kent Harvey
Kent HarveyWarren Miller Films

“To everyone here at Bear Claw and Skeena we love you!! We feel that we have come home here to the Kispiox Valley and to all of you as our new family. We had so many fun turns, great meals, and laughs for a lifetime! All of you have taken care of us so well, we pray for snow so that we may get snowed in for one more day, one more curling match, and one more day spent with all of our new friends who won’t be far from our thoughts or hearts EVER!! xoxox”

Sophie and Lance Derickson
Sophie and Lance Derickson

“I never imagined that I would meet such life-changing people on a fishing trip to somewhere that I had no idea about. This feeling of sadness for leaving is far outweighed by the love and admiration that I feel for Gene, Joy, Kaleigh and the rest of the Bearclaw Ranch. I will never forget our times together of the 40lb salmon that I caught. This is not goodbye, rather see you later my dear friends. With love,”

Josh Chilton
Josh ChiltonNC

“There are few places in this world this beautiful and even fewer that make you feel so much like family. The lodge is beautiful, the river and mountains are spectacular, but the Allen’s are the best treasure in this Kispiox Valley.”

Jeff Fransisco
Jeff FransiscoTigerville, SC

“What an amazing place!

Great food and service. Look forward to coming back.”

Dan (Vancouver Canucks defenseman) and Sarah Hamhuis
Dan (Vancouver Canucks defenseman) and Sarah HamhuisVancouver, BC

“You set a new standard in fishing vacations. The Bearclaw, the Allens and the Kispiox Steelhead make an amazing experience. Will be back you will likely have to chase me away with a stick! See you soon.”

Paul Kranhold
Paul KranholdMill Valley, CA

“To return is the only thing in our mind. When can we return? To snowboard, to see you all and spend time with our new family. Very very soon. Love you all”

Tat and Lauren
Tat and LaurenSanta Monica, CA

“Thank you, thank you, thank you for making us feel so welcome! We have never felt so at home and loved outside our families, and we appreciate the way you make each guest feel like the only guest. The food and fellowship are out of this world and we’ll definitely be back for a second helping of everything! We love you guys!”

Jennifer and Kale Gaston
Jennifer and Kale GastonNC

“Having the time of our life thanks to: open doors and hearts, awesome runs, powder snow, competent guides, cozy beds, personal wake up calls, the Allen family, a beautiful chopper, a hot hot-tub, enough beer, today’s special, fly-by, extreme-skiing/snowboarding, log and plough trucks in ditches, tree holes, etc etc etc”

Some Swiss Soulboarders and Skiiers
Some Swiss Soulboarders and Skiiers