Fishing - Chelatna Lake offers a gateway to some of the finest rainbow trout and grayling fishing in the state. They specialize in both fly-fishing and spin-fishing with professional, experienced fishing guides who can accommodate novice to experienced anglers. They are vigilant in sharing their local knowledge to help you locate and catch fish. The waters they fish are not only pristine and clear, they are remote and only accessible by aircraft. This means that the only competition for the river will be with the wildlife!
Hiking - One of the most popular activities at Chelatna Lake Lodge is a private day hike into Denali National Park. Their guides take you up into the park via an ascending trail that first leads you through alpine meadows exploding with wildflowers, then along meandering streambeds with cascading waterfalls, and as you head uphill, you hike along the towering rock faces that herald the beginning of the majestic Alaska Range. All along your way, you encounter breathtaking panoramas of the lake and surrounding glacially formed valley. The best part is you will have the place to yourself, as if you were the first to ever explore this territory. Other exciting hikes are available and take you along salmon-spawning streams, through arctic tundra, and across boreal forest that allows you to experience the heart of the Alaskan Bush for yourself.
Wildlife Viewing & Photography - Chelatna Lake has fourteen and a half miles of shoreline to explore, and the best way to do this is by boat. Wildlife abound as you take a leisurely cruise in the comfort of your privately guided boat. It is not uncommon to see either black bear or grizzly, moose, beaver, river otters, coyotes, porcupines, arctic terns, eagles, osprey, loons, swans and, if you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of an elusive wolf or wolverine. Of course, photography opportunities are available on any of the guided Chelatna Lake Lodge activities.
Sauna and Swim - Relax in their cedar wood fueled sauna that sits just on the edge of the lake. Get warm in the sauna and if you feel up to it afterwards, go cool off in the lake. Be ready for a little bit of a shock though, the glacial fed lake is cold.
Hot Shore Lunch - Boat or hike to the perfect setting for a fire and a hot lunch. Sit back and relax as your guide starts a fire and prepares you a nice meal to enjoy as you take in the scenery.
The lodge complex features four two-bedroom Justus Cedar chalets, an impressive main lodge with dining room, a separate lodge for recreating, and a lakeside sauna; all beautifully situated facing one of the most outstanding views that Mother Nature has to offer.
Each chalet is situated lakeside, allowing for spectacular views of the lake and surrounding mountains. The chalets have two bedrooms and two private bathrooms, wall-to-wall carpeting, gas heat, 24-hour electricity and all the hot water you’ll need to ensure your total comfort.
The dining room atmosphere is relaxed and sumptuous all at the same time. Meals are brought directly to your table while you relax and enjoy the panoramic views. Hearty delicious meals, specially prepared by the expert chef are presented daily with home baked breads, desserts, and the freshest of ingredients.
Enjoy a scenic flight from Anchorage to Chelatna Lake Lodge, arriving in the afternoon. Get settled into your cabin, and enjoy the pristine lake and mountain scenery that surrounds the lodge. Appetizers and a gourmet dinner will be served in the main lodge. After dinner, enjoy the hot tub, the fire pit, your cabin porch, or any of the other amenities that Chelatna Lake Lodge offers theirs guests.
Wake up to a hot breakfast and coffee served in the main lodge. Meet your guide and prepare for an all-day hike overlooking Chelatna Lake and the towering peaks and glaciers of Denali National Park. Return to the lodge in time for cocktails, appetizers, and a gourmet meal in the main lodge. End the day relaxing in the wood fueled hot tub under the midnight sun.
After a delicious breakfast, get suited up in the Chelatna Lake Lodge wader and tackle room for a day of guided fishing. Spend the morning on the river targeting rainbow trout, grayling and salmon. Enjoy a warm fire and shore lunch midday on the banks of the river. Spend the afternoon cruising the lake shore, looking for wildlife and fishing small tributary streams. Return to the lodge in time to pack up and catch your return flight back to Anchorage.
Chelatna Lake Lodge is located one-hundred scenic miles northwest of Anchorage, less than an hour's flight away. The lodge is accessible only by airplane; there are no roads to the property.
Chelatna Lake Lodge will make your air taxi reservations to and from the lodge from Anchorage or Talkeetna.
• From Anchorage $750 Per Person (Round Trip)
• From Talkeetna $600 Per Person (Round Trip)
Whether you leave from Anchorage or Talkeetna, your flight will cover some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. On a clear day, you will see majestic Denali, North America's tallest peak, and the breathtaking thirty-five mile long Kahiltna Glacier ice field of Denali National Park, as well as unnamed mountains, lakes and rivers too numerous to count. In less than an hour, your air-taxi will deliver you right to our doorstep on the shore of Chelatna Lake.
$795 Per Person
• Deluxe twin accommodations in a Justus Cedar Chalet situated near water's edge, overlooking Chelatna Lake and the Alaska Range.
• Three hearty, delicious meals daily with mid-day snacks.
• Daily professionally guided full-day activity, (for example, fishing, hiking, boating, wildlife viewing, each custom tailored to your preference).
• Use of fishing rods, reels, lures, flies, equipment and waders.
• Use of outboard motor boats on the lake.
• Use of wood-fired sauna.
• Daily maid service.
• Airfare between your home and Chelatna Lake Lodge
• Fishing Licenses
• Alcoholic beverages
• Staff gratuities