Chelatna Lake Blog

Great time with great friends!

Had a blast last week with some friends from Tennessee.

Thanks to Whitney and Janie for such a fun week!

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Wilderness Watercolor Retreat

We are very excited to announce that we are collaberating with local artist Robin Farmer on a watercolor painting workshop. The workshop will be July 12th through the 16th. Please contact us for more information! 


May 27th - Boat in the water!

May 27th, 2018 - The ice on the lake finally broke just enough to put a boat in the water.

I also found a 16oz. tall boy beer in one of the empty staff cabins that somehow survived the freeze of winter. Happy day!

Tomorrow we hope to be able to navigate down river and see if we can pick up some trout and grayling.

Fishing season is finally here!

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White Eagle

Last week on numerous occaisions, we've seen a white eagle flying around the lodge. I was finally able to take some photos of it flying around and fighting with another bald eagle.

I sent the photographs to Alaska Department of Fish and Game, who shared it with numerous bird and raptor experts around the country. The concesus is that it's a partially albino bald eagle, or a bald eagle with Leaucism.

Very cool! 

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Denali Base Camp

This Mother's Day we decided to take advantage of the nice weather and fly up to Denali base camp!

A short 25 minute flight from the lodge, Denali base camp sits on the upper part of the Kahiltna Glacier right at the base of Mount Hunter.

The fresh sun warmed snow made for a very smooth landing as we set down on the glacier.

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 As soon as the propeller stopped spinning, we were greeted by numerous climbers pulling tubs, some of which thought we were their ride home.

We explained to them that we were just dropping in to take in the scenery and they all hiked back up to the camp. 

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We stuck around for about another 30 minutes. Climbing season was definitely in full swing!

During our short time there, we saw numerous other Talkeetna based aircrafts come and go, including a Sheldon Air Service 185, a K2 Aviation Turbine Otter, and 2 Talkeetna Air Taxi Beavers.

Most of the other pilots we talked to were very interested where we had come from that we could still be on straight skis on May 13th!