Alaska’s Bearclaw Lodge has been in operation since 1998 and was founded by John and Nancy Norman. In August of 2002, Rob and Lisa Fuentes made their first visit to Lake Aleknagik and were captivated by the scenery and the variety of the fisheries. They fell in love with the Alaska fishing lodge and have created the beautiful angler paradise it is today.
Rob’s formal background includes a BS Biology degree from Baylor University. Immediately out of college he worked as a field biologist for a state agency in central Texas which focused on environmental projects in the Brazos River basin. Projects included both chemical and biological assessments of lakes, rivers and streams, which focused on water quality and biological diversity and provided data to determine the health of the watershed.
Rob has grown up in the outdoors and has fished and hunted his entire life, or at least since he could walk. Rob spent most of his time in the woods and waters of central Texas. He has passed the love of the outdoors on to his 3 daughters who have spent most of their lives growing up, playing, hunting and fishing in the woods and waters of Texas as well, and working in Alaska during the summer months.
Lisa’s formal background includes a BS in Early Childhood Education, Masters in Special Education and has a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification with the State of Texas. Lisa’s passion is working with kids who have special needs, specifically autism. When not at their Alaska fishing lodge, Lisa owns and operates multiple clinics in central Texas and provides resources and help to hundreds of families through the services of behavior therapy.
Rob and Lisa have been owners/operators of Alaska’s Bearclaw Lodge since 2002 and have enjoyed meeting and serving thousands of guests over the years. In 2013, they expanded their operation to include Alaska Kingfishers. Alaska Kingfishers is a luxury tent camp on the Nushagak River which has been in operation since 1993.
Rob and Lisa have three daughters that have grown up working in Alaska during the summer months. Now, as young adults they are involved in a larger capacity with both locations.
Currently, Rob’s oldest daughter Andi and her husband Alvin work primarily at Bearclaw Lodge and assist in the overall management of the Alaska fishing lodge operation. Their middle daughter Rylie is a D1 athlete who plays volleyball and is also a Senior at Texas State University. Rylie is the assistant manager at Alaska Kingfishers. Their youngest daughter, Cameron is a Freshman at Texas A&M University and assists with managing the hospitality and kitchen duties at Alaska Kingfishers.