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Alpine Creek Lodge

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Alpine Creek Lodge - Arctic Grayling Fishing
  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $2,000 to $3,000 Per Person
    4 - 5 Days: $1,000 to $2,000 Per Person
    2 - 3 Days: $500 to $1,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing

The Alpine Creek Lodge is open year round and offers a well-rounded set of adventures including top Arctic Grayling fishing. The lodge sits at mile 68 along the Denali Highway. Guests of the lodge have choices between rooms, luxury suites, cabins, or you can rent the entire lodge.

The lodge is a multi-story lodge with a rustic charm and comfortable furnishing. Meals are served family style, and the large common room is perfect for telling fishing or hunting stories.

Fishing with Alpine Creek Lodge

The first thing you should now is that you will likely not see other fishermen. The Clearwater Mountain Range creates some of the best rivers for trophy Arctic Grayling. Guests can fish with a spinning reel or with a fly fishing setup.

Grayling season begins June 1 and runs through September 15. The best time to fish for Grayling is during the month of July when they peak. Guests fish for Salmon along the Gulkana River as a day trip. The Salmon season on the Gulkana River is from June 1 through September 15th. Other fish you may encounter includes the Lake Trout and Burbot.

Burbot is freshwater cod-like fish. The long and lean Burbot often feed at night. When you look at a Burbot, they look like a cross between a catfish and an eel. They are neither. They are, in fact, related to the ling cod, which is also not a cod. The world record Burbot weighed 25 pounds and two ounces and was caught in Canada. That may be because few fishermen in Alaska target the Burbot. Everyone wants to fish for Salmon. If you are looking to break the Burbot world record, This could well be the lodge that helps you do that.

The Sail Fin Graylings

The Arctic Grayling is a member of the Salmon family. You can expect some of the same tenaciousness from the Grayling that Salmon have. A trophy sized Arctic Grayling may grow to 18 inches. Fly patterns for Grayling fishing include wet flies with an egg theme to them. These little darlings of the Alaska fishing scene feed on a variety of things, but especially on Salmon roe. You can fish all day with a 4, 5, or 6 weight rod, usually in the 8.5-9 foot range. The weight forward floating lines work well. Fly options include dry or wet flies in the 12, 14, 16 size range. Dry fly patterns include the Black Gnat, Elk Hair Caddis, the Royal Wulffs, and the Adams.

Other adventures include ice fishing, hunting, and Adventuring.

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Awesome lodge and drive!
5.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on September 23, 2022
  • Very nice. Loved it! Great hospitality! Food was excellent! The drive to lodge on the Denali Highway was breathtaking! The lodge was warm and comfortable! So much to do, but we were not there...
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The People/Family Were So Welcoming, Helpful, Friendly--We Enjoyed the Experience
4.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on September 10, 2022
  • This is a family run operation and they make you feel like family. You could pick blueberries, pan for gold (but you only get a speck if you are lucky), and pet the sled dogs. The bar was great...
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Stopped for a beer while traveling the Denali Hwy.
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Reviewed By on August 21, 2022
  • We spent a day on the Denali Hwy. We happened upon this place. They have a very neat log cabin bar that overlooks the Hwy and some great scenery. The two gentlemen had some great stories to tell...
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