Southwest Alaska Wildlife Adventure
A fly-fishing adventure in Alaska that promises something for everyone.
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June 10 - 15, 2023
Length of Trip:
5 nights, 4 days guided fly fishing and sightseeing
$10,900 per person (double occupancy)
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While in your hometown & desiring an inspirational break, odds are that you go to an excellent restaurant. Accordingly, you will receive the same while on vacation at Crystal Creek Lodge. We search the farms and markets of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest to bring you the finest ingredients then arrange a menu to present them. We always offer a choice of fresh Alaskan seafood OR fresh land meat at dinner. Breakfast is off of a rotating menu as well. Lunches are typically a rotating menu of proven favorite hot soups & sandwiches packed to accompany your guide in the field. Our accommodation of special needs diets is legendary.
We believe every good dinner should by accompanied by an appropriate fine wine. Our wine cellar has approximately 75 labels of new and old world wines to choose. Wine aficionados are certainly welcome to bring their own wines, yet will be surprised by the variety we have on hand.
Our famous Beaver Bar features an excellent selection of name-brand beer, craft beer, and quality spirits in a decor bound to keep your own spirit amped.
Crystal Creek Lodge is THE standard of luxury accommodations and remote Alaska. The lodge is made of massive logs and river rock, and is tastefully decorated with Alaskan artifacts.
EVERY guest room has a high-speed private fiber optic internet port, allowing you the freedom associated with remaining connected.
DAY ONE: Trophy Rainbow Trout or salmon fishing on the famous Naknek River
Arrive to Crystal Creek Lodge early morning after a short morning flight from Anchorage. After settling in and orientation—which includes being outfitted with premium Orvis waders, rod and reel—you will head over to the Lodge dock and depart by boat to fish the Naknek River. The Naknek River is one of Alaska’s great wild salmon runs. Over three MILLION Pacific Salmon migrate into the River from nearby Bristol Bay each summer. On their migration, they pass right by the front door of Crystal Creek Lodge. Some of the world’s largest Rainbow Trout also live in the Naknek River.
DAY TWO: Becharof National Wildlife Refuge
Fly south about 60 miles to take a tour around Becharof Lake, the second largest lake in Alaska. Becharof Lake was created by the repeated scorings of massive glaciers over the course of several ice ages. Along the way, stop to visit a pristine river with raging rapids, walk the edge of a dormant volcanic crater, watch bears, caribou and other wildlife, see evidence of 10,000 years of human activity, witness the rugged Alaska Peninsula Mountain Range and fly fish a small stream teeming with Arctic Char and grayling.
DAY THREE: Katmai National Park
Fly east across more lakes carved out by glaciers and through the Alaska Peninsula Mountains, passing remnants of glaciers along the way. Land by either a seaside beach or an inland stream to witness Alaskan Brown Bears forage for salmon. The world-famous Brooks River is very close by and is a possible landing destination. Pass by the steaming vent of a dormant volcano. Tour the incredible Valley of 10,000 Smokes, a gigantic moonscape created by a massive volcanic explosion in 1912. There are numerous streams teeming with rainbow trout, char and grayling are within the Park. You may choose to spend all or part of your day fly fishing pristine waters.
DAY FOUR: Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge Walrus and Aniakchak National Monument
Fly south across the eastern edge of Becharof NWR and the Alaska Peninsula NWR to land at Cape Senniavan, where you will walk to the edge of a herd of thousands of Pacific Walrus to watch them tossle, roar and bob in the surf. On the way home stop at a beach likely to produce antique Japanese glass fishing floats. Fly onward to Anikchak National Monument, a giant caldera three miles wide, that last exploded in 1933. If favorable conditions exist, land within the caldera or one of several landing strips outside.
DAY FIVE: Departure Day
Have a hearty breakfast, pack and depart to the King Salmon airport to head back to Anchorage around mid-day.
The rainbow trout of Alaska are fish of legend. The Naknek River and streams of the surrounding Katmai National Park region offer the finest rainbow trout fishing in the world. Crystal Creek Lodge is on the Naknek River and our guests can be casting to 25-inch-plus rainbow trout within 10 minutes of leaving our dock by boat.
What is Included?
- Advertised days guided fishing /hunting/adventure activities.
- Advertised nights double-occupancy accommodations.
- Daily housekeeping and midweek laundry services.
- Three meals per day.
- Transfers between the King Salmon Airport and the Lodge.
- Use of chest waders, fly rods & reels, King Salmon rods & reels; spinning rods & reels and all flies, lures and tackle.
- Preparation of all harvested fish & game and an airline-approved non-insulated shipping container.
- All local taxes.
- All privileges advertised within the Crystal Creek Lodge brochure or web site.
What is Not Included?
Airfare between your home and King Salmon, staff gratuities, liquor, fishing and hunting licenses and massage therapy services.
What Gear Do You Recommend?
We provide ALL waders, boots, premium rods and reels and all necessary flies, lures, and terminal tackle. A list will be provided at time of reservation for those who wish to bring their own or supplemental equipment.
A comprehensive pre-trip pamphlet will be provided at time of reservation.
What Additional Activities are Available?
Togiak National Wildlife Refuge and Togiak Eskimo Village Tour
Fly west towards Bristol Bay. If the Bristol Bay commercial almon fishing fleet is out, fly overhead and watch the action as scores of fishing boats jockey for a position to set nets and catch salmon. Pass by one or more abandoned canneries dating back to the late 1800’s. From the air, witness hundreds of white Beluga Whales as they work the tides for salmon. Fly onward across the magnificent coastline of the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge to land at Togiak Village, a native Yup’ik Eskimo settlement. Meet some of the residents of the Village and experience firsthand stories of their life and demonstrations of their ivory carving and other crafts.
**The staff and guides at Crystal Creek Lodge will discuss options with you each evening around dinner time. There are many more options then the above listed and many of the choices will be determined by weather and/or fishing conditions.
The nearby Katmai National Park and Preserve is world famous for its population of Brown Bears. Literally thousands live there. It is very common to see bears each day as we fly between the lodge and field destinations.
There are many places to go and find great beachcombing. What are we looking for? Shells, driftwood, interesting rocks, bones of giant sea mammals, antique artifacts and detritus from around the Pacific Ocean that washes up on shore. This is pure kids play!
Our roadless region of Alaska is filled with inspiring possibilities for the hiking enthusiast. We have innumerable locations to find breathtaking wilderness hikes, and the floatplane is just the ticket to get you deep into the wilderness for a day hike and back home again in time for a hot shower and delicious dinner.
Rafting and kayaking:
Two options are available for day adventures. One is a kayak day trip floating the from the headwaters of the Naknek River in Katmai National Park downriver to Crystal Creek Lodge. The other is a raft trip on a remote river in Katmai National Park. Both options have fishing available or you can just enjoy the ride.
Three of the only regularly-used terrestrial haul outs for Pacific Walruses in the United States are within flying distance of the Lodge, two of the haul outs are on capes accessible by aircraft and one on an island accessible only by boat. We visit one site 125 miles south of the lodge that has the greatest number of approachable walrus.
Reservations, Deposits & Payments
The deposit is 50% of the trip price unless stated differently in the itinerary. Deposits may be made by check or credit card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card. The balance of the trip cost is due 90 days before departure, except where specified differently on individual itineraries. The balance will be charged automatically to the credit card used for the deposit, unless otherwise specified. Any changes made to the method of payment after the final balance has been collected are subject to processing fees.
A reservation form and release are required prior to departure.
All prices must be paid in U.S. dollars. Deposits are not transferable from one trip to another.
Prices quoted are based on foreign exchange values and tariffs currently in effect and prices are subject to change. Orvis Adventures reserves the right to adjust prices accordingly until the time of departure.
When your reservation is confirmed, you will receive planning information to guide you through trip preparations. Details about arrival and departure, clothing and equipment, trip cancellation insurance, pre- and post- trip extensions, visas and documents and activities are included in the planning information.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Although cancellation fees may be higher for some trips, the following minimum cancellation fees will apply:
|Days Prior to Trip||Fee|
|+ 90 days||$300 per person|
|89 days or less||100% of cost|
For trips that include an Orvis gift card or Orvis merchandise, the retail value of the gift card or merchandise is non-refundable upon delivery. Cancellation fees cannot be waived for any reason, including health, business or personal emergencies, or weather.
We strongly urge you to purchase trip cancellation insurance.
No refunds will be made for unused portions of a trip, including late arrival or early departure. Guide fees and hotel costs are not refundable if unused as outlined in the itinerary. Orvis reserves the right to modify an itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control. In the unlikely event that Orvis must cancel a tour, all payments received to date will be refunded, which constitutes a full settlement.
Orvis is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation of any canceled trip, including airline tickets and visas fees.
Your planning information includes information for travel insurance covering cancel for any reason, cancellation for medical reasons, trip delay, medical expenses, lost baggage and medical evacuation. We urge you to obtain this coverage.
Trip prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms & cabins are limited. If you request a single room, a single supplement will apply as noted in the itinerary. We will confirm the single room as early as possible, but in some cases it may not be earlier than 30 days prior to the trip. If you request a roommate, we can usually pair you with another guest of the same gender, and no single supplement will apply. If you request a roommate, and one is not available, we will only charge you the single supplement if required by the lodge or facility used in the trip.
Children under 18 must share a room with a parent or other family member. In some cases this may be waived.
Passports and documents
International trips require a passport. Check your passport early and make sure it has six months validity at the time of travel. A visa is needed in some countries and we will send you complete details and instructions.
Arrival and Departure
Group transfers from a central location such as an airport are described in the itinerary, and are included in the land cost.. Transfers are not included in the land cost if you arrive early or leave after the scheduled departure day.
Equipment & Clothing
You will receive a detailed list of appropriate gear with your trip planning information.
The land cost of your trip does not include airfare.
Limitation of liability
This section defines Orvis Travel’s responsibility with regard to all travel arrangements made by Orvis Travel, including individual travel and pre- and post- trip extensions. Please read it carefully.
Upon sending your deposit to Orvis Travel, you acknowledge that you have read and understand all the terms and conditions outlined here, and agree to be bound by them.
All trips that involve outdoor sporting activities such as shooting or fishing, or travel through remote places by vehicle, boat, small plane or on foot, put you at risk for accidents and serious injuries in the normal course of the activity. That is the nature of travel to such destinations and you acknowledge that you accept these hazards as a condition of participation.
Orvis Travel, its Owners, Employees, Associates and Agents give notice that they act only as the agent for the owners, contractors and suppliers providing means of transportation and/or other services and assume no responsibility howsoever caused for injury, loss or damage to person or property in connection with any service resulting directly from: acts of God, detention, annoyance, delays, expenses arising from quarantine, strikes, thefts, pilferage, force majeure, failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, civil disturbances, terrorism, government restrictions or regulations, and discrepancies or changes in transit or hotel services over which it has no control. Reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made where deemed advisable for the comfort and well-being of the passengers.
Baggage and personal effects, including items purchased, guns, fishing equipment or sporting goods are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times and no employee/agent of Orvis Travel, its subsidiaries, affiliated or associated companies is authorized to accept these for storage, safekeeping, or transportation.
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