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Maclaren River Lodge

46 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
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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Stop 15--BPTH 2019 ALCAN Highway trip
3.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on October 26, 2019
  • This is a hunting lodge, so don't expect cleanliness or modern features. We stayed in the River View South cabin and it would be a perfect for 4 or 5 guys out hunting with their hunting dogs to stay...
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Hospitality should be modeled after these folks
5.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on September 18, 2019
  • I was there on a hunting trip and had some issues with my own personal boat. After Allen (McClaren River Lodge owner) helped me for a couple of hours to try and fix my issues - my boat was still dead...
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Beautiful & Peaceful Setting
5.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on September 4, 2019
  • Enjoyed out stay at the Maclaren River Lodge. Such a serene setting and very nice people who run the place. If you pretty much like being ?off-the-grid? with a peaceful surrounding, this is the place...
  • 1 Helpful Vote
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