A fly-fishing adventure in Alaska that promises something for everyone.

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Southwest Alaska Wildlife Adventure


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Dates:
June 10 - 15, 2023

Length of Trip:
5 nights, 4 days guided fly fishing and sightseeing

Pricing:
$12,350 per person (double occupancy)

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The Story

Come travel with Orvis for a memorable fly-fishing adventure in Southwest Alaska. Award-winning Crystal Creek Lodge is one of our favorite destinations in remote Alaska, appealing to both avid anglers and those more focused on simply experiencing a one-of-a-kind wilderness. On this journey through Bristol Bay and the remote southwestern Alaska Peninsula, you’ll fly out on seaplanes each day to some of the most wild and inspiring regions of Alaska. On a gentle hike through Katmai National Park, watch brown bears as they feed on salmon. See thousands of wild Pacific walrus in the surf on a nearby beach. Hike to the rim of a dormant volcano. Fly fish in pristine waters for trophy rainbow trout, Arctic char or millions of Pacific salmon. After each day of adventure, savor exceptional cuisine in the warm, enchanting lodge overlooking the river.

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.

Bear viewing:
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.

Beachcombing:
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!

Hiking:
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.

Walrus viewing:
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.

Crystal Creek Lodge – TERMS & CONDITIONS

Space is available on a first deposit, first reserved basis. We recommend making reservations more than 1 year in advance. Prior to October 1, 2022, a $500.00 per person non-refundable deposit is required to secure space. The balance of 50% deposit is due by October 1, 2022. After October 1, 2022, a 50% deposit per person is required to confirm a reservation. Balance of payment is due 60 days prior to the reservation date.

Prices posted reflect current year pricing. Due to the extremely high costs of operating a business of this caliber in remote Alaska, and long-term unforeseeable increases of overhead and operating expenses, Crystal Creek Lodge reserves the right to increase prices in order to operate at a reasonable profit. Prices for the following year will be posted October 1. Those with deposited reservations may cancel with notice by October 31 and receive a full refund if the price increase is deemed by them to be unacceptable.

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.

Planning information

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

$500.00 of the deposit is non-refundable after October 1 of the year preceding trip dates. A deposit may be transferred to another person who is not booked at the lodge for the current season. If it is necessary to cancel a reservation, written notice must be received at the Crystal Creek Lodge office by January 1st of the current season-year in order to receive a refund of deposits less the $500.00 per person non-refundable fee. All cancellations after January 1st will result in the forfeiture of the full deposit and/or payment of the trip unless a substitute is provided. There will be no exceptions 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.

Cancellation Insurance

Your planning information includes an application for travel insurance covering cancellation for medical reasons, trip delay, medical expenses, lost baggage and medical evacuation. We urge you to obtain this coverage.

Share policies

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.

Airline reservations

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 Specific to Crystal Creek Lodge - Disclosure and Responsibility Statement.

A form with this language as the substance will be tendered to all guests at time of reservation request. All guests will be expected to read and sign this form before activities at Crystal Creek Lodge will begin. Please read this before you make a reservation. If you do not understand the language or concepts outlined, please ask for clarification:

Reservation, Deposit and Payment Policies:

Space is available on a first deposit, first reserved basis. We recommend making reservations more than 1 year in advance. Prior to October 1, a $500.00 per person deposit is required to secure space. The balance of 50% deposit is due by October 1. After October 1, a 50% deposit per person is required to confirm a reservation. Balance of payment is due 60 days prior to the reservation date.

Prices posted reflect current year pricing. Due to the extremely high costs of operating a business of this caliber in remote Alaska, and long-term unforeseeable increases of overhead and operating expenses, Crystal Creek Lodge reserves the right to increase prices in order to operate at a reasonable profit. Prices for the following year will be posted October 1. Those with deposited reservations may cancel with notice by October 31 and receive a full refund if the price increase is deemed by them to be unacceptable.

Cancellations: $500.00 of the deposit is non-refundable after October 1 of the year preceding trip dates. A deposit may be transferred to another person who is not booked at the lodge for the current season. If it is necessary to cancel a reservation, written notice must be received at the Crystal Creek Lodge office by January 1st of the current season-year in order to receive a refund of deposits less the $500.00 per person non- refundable fee. All cancellations after January 1st will result in the forfeiture of the full deposit and/or payment of the trip unless a substitute is provided. There will be no exceptions. Disclosure and Responsibility Statement. A form with this language as the substance will be tendered to all guests at time of reservation request. All guests will be expected to read and sign this form before activities at Crystal Creek Lodge will begin. Please read this before you make a reservation. If you do not understand the language or concepts outlined, please ask for clarification:


RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND WAIVER OF RIGHT TO SUE

Crystal Creek Lodge is owned by Crystal Creek Lodge LLC, an Alaskan limited liability corporation. In consideration of being allowed to use the facilities and services offered at Crystal Creek Lodge (including but not limited to the lodge, its rooms, grounds and docks, boats, vehicles, and airplanes), all of which these named OPTIONAL activities include inherent risks due to weather, wild animals, falling ice and snow, cold water, inaccessible and remote locations, fatigue, chill and/or dizziness, frost-bite and other adverse factors some which are unknown, I have been given ample opportunity to read both the front and back of this agreement, understand and accept the terms and conditions stated in this agreement, and on such basis, I agree both for myself my heirs, my executors, administrators or anyone else who might make a claim on my behalf and I also agree in behalf of any other person (e.g., my minor child(ren) for whom I am legally responsible that I will not, either for or in my behalf and for others such as my minor child(ren) bring any lawsuit, or make any claim, against Crystal Creek Lodge LLC (or its members, owners, employees, agents, or anyone else acting on its behalf) and will waive and release any and all claims of liability for death, personal injury, or property damage of any kind or nature whatsoever arising out of, or occurring during, my stay at Crystal Creek Lodge, my flights to or from Crystal Creek Lodge, or my use of any guiding services or participation in any wildlife viewing, hunting, fishing, hiking, rafting, flight-seeing, vintage aircraft rides, kayaking or other recreational opportunities offered by or through Crystal Creek Lodge LLC d/b/a Crystal Creek Lodge. I understand that all of these activities whether named or not, are OPTIONAL activities and do not constitute an essential service and I am free not to participate in any and/or all of these activities but, if I elect to do so, either for myself or in behalf of minor children, I do so at my own/their risk. This waiver and release extends to all claims of every kind or nature whatsoever, including claims for serious injury, illness or death, foreseen or unforeseen, known or unknown, and includes but is not limited to waiver of claims for Crystal Creek Lodge LLC’s own negligence or intentional t acts, mistakes, or misconduct of any kind, as well as the negligent or intentional acts, mistakes or misconduct of any kind of the part of Crystal Creek Lodge LLC’s members, owners, employees, agents or anyone else acting on its behalf, to the fullest extent permitted by law of the State of Alaska.

I also acknowledge that my attention has been directed to the Alaska Supreme Court case of Langlois v. Nova River Runners , https://public.courts.alaska.gov/web/appellate/opinions/sm-1669.pdf, which discusses and addresses issues related to the waiver and release of claims and waiver of right to sue. I understand and agree this agreement is to be construed in light of that case. This Release of Liability; Waiver of Right to Sue, and Authorization To Use Electronic Images shall be interpreted and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Alaska.

ARBITRATION: I also agree in my behalf and in behalf of any minor children in my party, that in the event of a dispute, I will first mediate the dispute, in good faith, and should we not be able to resolve the dispute, I agree to arbitrate any and all claims, whether in tort, contract or equity utilizing the procedures set forth in the Alaska Arbitration Act, as from time to time amended, AS 43.10 et.seq., with venue for all proceedings, including arbitration, to occur within the Third Judicial District, at Anchorage, State of Alaska.

PHOTOGRAPHS AND ELECTRONIC IMAGES. I also acknowledge and grant permission to Crystal Creek Lodge LLC d/b/a Crystal Creek Lodge to use photographs and other electronic images of me and members of my party, captured during my stay at Crystal Creek Lodge for use in its advertising campaigns including its “One Minute Vacation” series.

DELAYS OR CHANGES: Crystal Creek Lodge LLC d/b/a Crystal Creek Lodge will not be responsible or liable for any expenses or delays incurred as a result of weather, routing delays or other conditions. All rates are subject to change without notice but will not change once a reservation is confirmed. Crystal Creek Lodge LLC reserves the right to deny a reservation request for any reason. Crystal Creek Lodge LLC also reserves the right to cancel a trip any time during its delivery without recourse or redress if a guest behaves in a manner deemed to be law-breaking and/or dangerous, lewd, belligerent, or disruptive to other persons.

YOUR ITINERARY AND WEATHER: Flight schedules in and out of Crystal Creek Lodge are subject to change due to weather and other considerations. An average of 4 entire days out of 115 per season are no-fly days due to extreme inclement weather. It is reasonable to expect that inclement weather could affect and influence operations at least a portion of one day per week. Your trip may be changed due to weather, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, mechanical issues, or a variety of other issues. In the event of a deviation, modification or cancellation of the proposed trip, we will make every reasonable effort to make suitable alternative arrangements. We reserve the right, however, to alter or cancel all or part of your scheduled trip in our sole discretion. No refunds or adjustments will be made on account of changes to a trip or your itinerary [1]due to weather or any other conditions

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