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About Chelatna Lake Lodge


We invite you to visit these pages to learn more about Chelatna Lake Lodge and all that it has to offer.

Chelatna Lake Lodge is one of the oldest lodges in the state. It was built during the 1940’s when Alaska was just a territory of the U.S. Its setting is spectacular, situated on the southern border of Denali National Park with the Alaska Range and Mount Russell as its backdrop. Mt. McKinley or Denali—the Athabascan Indian word for “the Great One” is visible from the stream while fishing.

The lodge is remote, accessible only by aircraft, located approximately 100 miles northwest of Anchorage. Because of its location, it is less than an hour’s air-taxi flight away from Anchorage and yet worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the state’s largest city. Chelatna Lake Lodge is the only lodge in operation on the eight mile lake.

Chelatna Lake Lodge is owned by Duke and Becky Bertke. In 1974 Duke moved to Anchorage from Chicago, Illinois. He promptly got his pilot’s license, and began exploring Alaska. Becky moved to Alaska from Seattle in 1975 and met Duke soon after arriving. In 1988 Duke and Becky purchased Chelatna Lake Lodge to realize their lifelong dream of owning a fishing lodge in Alaska.

The lodge has been owned and operated by Duke and Becky ever since. Since then, the lodge has had a complete makeover. This includes new Justus cedar chalets for the guest cabins, remodeling the main lodge, adding on to the dining room and upgrading the kitchen to restaurant specifications. Their attention to detail quickly made it one of the prestigious resorts in the state.

The Bertkes continue to be involved in the day to day operations of the lodge. Pride of ownership is evident everywhere, from the uncompromising cleanliness, service and accommodations, to the quality of the experiences they provide to their clients. In asking them what they treasure most about owning the lodge, they say they take great pleasure in sharing this special part of Alaska with their guests, and enjoy the many wonderful friends they have made throughout the years.



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