Our location provides for a variety of fun adventures and unique opportunities that only Chelatna Lake can provide.
We are the only lodge on the eight mile long lake, and at the top of Lake Creek, which essentially places the whole area at our private beck and call. Being based right next to the southern border of Denali National Park enables us to share the park exclusively with our guests. Our professionally trained guides accompany you to ensure that you have an experience that you will never forget.
One of our most popular activities is a private day hike into Denali National Park. Our 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.
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.
Chelatna Lake is one of the most spectacular settings in all of Alaska. There are beautiful shots in every direction. Many photographers describe it as "hard to miss", meaning that you can almost point the camera in any direction and capture something breathtaking.
Sauna and Swim:
Relax in our 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 perfect location to rest, tell stories, and get ready for the afternoons activities.
- Relaxing by the fire pit
- Canoeing or Kayaking
- Tying Flys
- Yard sports
- Berry Picking
- Stand Up Paddleboarding
- Watching movies or playing board games in the old lodge