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Here’s an announcement that will affect a good number of you. Deneki Outdoors (, the company that operates Alaska West Lodge in western Alaska, Andros South Lodge in the Bahamas, and BC West Lodge on the lower Dean River in British Columbia, has been sold. The new owners are Dan and Amy Herrig and Jerry Shults, the owner/operators of Rapids Camp, a Bristol Bay fly-out lodge. The same ownership team also owns a fly fishing/ eco lodge in Chile, plus a start-up operation in Baja. The announcement of the sale came so late last month that we were not able to reach out to the new owners in time for this issue. We hope to have a lengthy report in next month’s issue. In the meantime, here is how the sale was announced on the Deneki Outdoors Web site:

“We have some news to announce today! Deneki Outdoors has been acquired by Rapids Camp Lodge. What does it mean? We’re a bigger, stronger, happier family now. Alaska West, Andros South, and BC West will continue to operate just as they have all along. We’ve got a top-tier Alaskan fly-out lodge in the family, and fantastic new owners in Dan and Amy Herrig and Jerry Shults, the owner/operators of Rapids Camp. They also run an eco/fishing lodge in Chile, and a small operation in Baja. Quite the family indeed! Mike Sanders will continue to run the operations of the three Deneki lodges, and Andrew Bennett (your humble editor) is sticking around to take the lead on the marketing front. As for our guests, if you have a trip booked with us, not to worry. We have your reservation and all your payment history. There’s no change in the plan to deliver you exactly the phenomenal trip that you signed up to take. What else? That’s about it for now! We’re going to keep doing what we’ve been doing, and we hope to see you on the water soon. Stay tuned for more on the bigger family over the next few weeks!”

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