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Maclaren River Lodge

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Maclaren River Lodge
  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $500 to $1,000 Per Person
    4 - 5 Days: $500 to $1,000 Per Person
    2 - 3 Days: $500 to $1,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Self Guided Fishing

The Maclaren River Lodge sits at mile 42 along the Denali Highway. This is a road house that offers cabins and couple of remote camps. They offer fishing at Cottonwood Creek and Boulder Creek and drop off canoeing so you can paddle/drift down the river.

Lodging here is rustic, and guests stay in small cabins with a Queen bed and two bunk beds that offer propane heating and propane lights. Some cabins have only bunk beds, and others are large enough for two queen beds. Overall, this is a base camp for those who want to explore the area around Denali

Fishing at the Maclaren River Lodge

This is mostly a self-guided fishing lodge where you can set your own pace. The local rivers are home to Arctic Grayling which make an excellent target for fly fishing and spin casters. Arctic Grayling are remarkable fish that are smart, beautiful and challenging. They are small as most grow between 2-3 pounds. A big Grayling might hit 16 inches.

The local lakes are home to Lake Trout, which tend to grow big in Alaska. There is a rumor of a secret fishing spot that you can find down a deer trail of a road and past the third huckleberry hedge. The secret to finding this hidden oasis is to ask the Lodge for directions. It is not well advertised so many people never ask. If you are looking for a guided fishing adventure, you MIGHT find one here. Check with the lodge either before you arrive or when you check in as guides in this area are few and far between.

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Winter snowmachine trip to Maclaren River Lodge
5.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on March 10, 2022
  • My wife and I snowmachined the Denali Highway from Paxson and spent the night of March 7th at the lodge. Our stay was nothing short of excellent. The lodge is very well run. The food was all...
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An Oasis in the middle od nowhere
5.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on August 18, 2021
  • MaClaren River Lodge is a destination all of itself. Located at about mile 41 on the Denali Hwy (Paxson end) it offers several options for lodging at very reasonable prices as well as a full bar and...
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Can?t wait to return !!
5.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on July 13, 2021
  • Love love this place! I stayed here 5 years ago and couldn?t wait to bring my husband here. We stayed in one of the new cabins facing the lake. Beautiful view from our deck. Saw some trumpeter swans...
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