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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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5.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on August 5, 2020
  • Beautiful remote location, with brand new wood cabins right on the water with a little patio. Amazing scenic view of a stunning glacier. Super welcoming main room with restaurant, pool table and...
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Peak experience on the epic Denali Highway
4.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on July 11, 2020
  • We were on a family drive vacation with a six-year old, and this lodge was a perfect place to enjoy the outdoors on the gorgeous Maclaren River. Yes, it is a hunting lodge with a few rough edges...
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"Wow, what a Beautiful Place"
4.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on March 14, 2020
  • We spent the night here during a Snow Machine Tour. It's right on the river and a Short Ride to the Glacier. Our room was nothing special, what you would expect, but clean and comfortable. The...
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