About Us

A Little History

Your Grizzly Expeditions hosts, Rick and Lori Townsend, have over 35 years of experience in guiding fishing and hunting trips all over Alaska. In 1980, they started R&L's Alaska Adventures, a small guided float trip service based out of Iliamna. After several years of growing their expertise in the Wild Alaskan guiding profession, Rick and Lori purchased some land on the Anvik River in 1988, where they built the Anvik River Lodge. In 1995, the Townsends sold the lodge and started Aniak Air Guides, offering visitors and local clients a new and exciting way to experience the Alaskan wilderness. Rick and Lori operated the air guiding service until 2004 when they founded their flagship guided hunting and fishing service, Grizzly Expeditions. Rick is a skilled pilot, flying since 1985 with over 10,000 hours in the air.

The Townsends are former sled dog mushers and Iditarod participants. They are dog lovers and are genuinely appreciative of the great outdoors. There is nothing these two can't accomplish and they will personally ensure you a successful and unforgettable Alaskan adventure.

Our Promise to You

We promise to ensure you have the experience of a lifetime! Grizzly Expeditions is small and family run, which gives us the upper hand on flexibility and personalization. Rick and Lori handle almost all the guiding, with the occasional help of assistant guides and they will be a part of every hunt or fishing trip. Their personal interaction with the guests is what keeps them coming back year after year! So here's the deal... we understand that your idea of the perfect Alaskan hunt may be very specific and therefore we promise this: If Grizzly Expeditions is unable meet your every desire for your excursion, we will find you a guide who can.