SOARING EAGLE LODGE
The Soaring Eagle Lodge is the only fly fishing lodge that sits right on the banks of New Mexico’s San Juan River. It has been in operation for over 20 years, and has been under the current ownership for over 16.
It’s southwest ambience is punctuated by the sweet smell of the desert air that flows over land that has been home to civilizations that have lived in the area for thousands of years. This northwestern corner of New Mexico has a multicultural history derived from the succession of several native American cultures, Spanish exploration and settlement and the arrival of European Americans in the nineteenth century.
In 1962 Navaho Dam was completed on the San Juan which turned the waterway that fluctuated seasonably in both flow and temperature to one that had cool consistent flows year round; the perfect environment for the proliferation of big Rainbows and Browns. Since then the year round fishery of the San Juan has become legendary and draws fishermen from around the world.
At a Glance
Target Fish: Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout
Location: Navaho Dam, NM
Seasons: All year
Electricity: 110 volts
Documents needed: New Mexico fishing license
Soaring Eagle Lodge is very proud of their seasoned guide staff. Conditions can change on a dime on the San Juan, so a great guide is important to your success.
Soaring Eagle’s Guides are very patient and are passionate about teaching you the skills that will ensure success on the San Juan, whether you are a beginner or highly experience. Unique to Soaring Eagle Lodge is that among the qualifications that the lodge requires of its guides is that they be college educated and are CPR and First-Aid certified.
While at Soaring Eagle Lodge you will fish either the 7 mile special regulation section (holding 17,000 fish per mile) downstream from Navaho Dam or the lodge’s own private 2 mile section that is home to some of the river’s largest fish.
Your guide will be happy to tailor your experience to your preferred fishing style. You will usually begin your day’s fishing at about 8AM and be off the water at 5PM. Your guide will provide a sumptuous shore side lunch for you halfway on your day’s journey. After dinner, during the summer months, you can take a short walk to the river and continue fishing until the sun goes down.
Kiene's Fly Fishing Travel is known for offering unique destinations, and Soaring Eagle Lodge definitely fills the bill as it is the only lodge on the river that can boast that it owns two miles of river frontage (on both sides), so you can be assured that you will never have to compete for the best fishing lies.
Though drift boats from other lodges occasionally flow through the lodge’s private section, they cannot anchor or deposit their clients on the shoreline and must adhere to the San Juan Lodge’s special catch and release regulations. Guests of the lodge can of course wade along the shoreline on both sides of the river, to their hearts content.
Best Fly Fishing Seasons
May 1 through October 31 though lodge is open all year. There is great fishing to be had in the winter months too.
The lodge’s accommodations are angler friendly and are set up with the fly fisherman in mind. Each of the eleven guest houses and cabins are equipped with rod racks and wader racks. 8 of the guest house/cabins face the water. All have flat screen satellite TVs, telephones and a full size refrigerator, kitchenette with a microwave, utensils, linens, dishes, lounge chairs and patio furniture. Wi-fi is free.
At the end of the day you can relax in the conference room playing pool, or watching the large flat screen TV that receives 1000 channels. With so many amenities, the lodge is perfect for corporate conferences or group events.
Lodge Amenities Include:
Full service fly shop. Equipment Rentals are available.
Large flat screen HD-TV with 1000 channels
On site restaurant
Conference room with pool table and TV
The famous “Jake’s Restaurant” is on the premises and is where you will dine for your breakfast and dinner and enjoy the amazing skills of our two culinary trained resident chefs. Call ahead if you have special dietary requirements. The knowledgeable staff is dedicated to providing the highest service so that you will come back, again and again.
Soaring Eagle Lodge is located in northwestern New Mexico near the 4 corners area. The closest commercial airline airport is 40 miles away in Durango, Colorado. From Durango take US 550-South to Navaho Dam Rd. Should take about one hour.
Prices based on double occupancy, and 1 guide/boat per 2 anglers. Includes lodging, meals and guide/boat per 2 anglers
HIGH SEASON-April 1 to Nov 30
3 night/2 day fishing: $1195.
4 night/3 day fishing: $1595.
5 night/4 day fishing: $1895.
6 night/5 day fishing: $2295.