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Northwoods Lodge

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

Northwoods Lodge offers country chic accommodations that are all about comfort, food and fishing. Maximum group size is up to 12 people. The lodge is located on the shores of Fish Lakes, aptly named for the fish-rich waters. The lodge is perfect for groups, business adventures, or just you and a buddy. The amenities are awesome and offer deluxe cabins with private bath or regular cabins that share a bathhouse. The sauna and hot tub make a beautiful spot to relax. The lodge features a game room, bar, horseshoe pit and even canoes and kayaks for those who want to explore the local vistas. This is a green energy lodge!

Fish Lakes, Fish, and Fishermen

The fishing here is focus on tributaries of the Susitna River. The glacial waters that pour down the mountains cause the turbidity in the Susitna River to be too high for fly fishing to work well. A fish cannot catch what it cannot see. The tributaries are calmer and Northwoods Lodge its on the Yentna River a tributary of the Susitna. The local tributary waters are packed with seasonal fish such as King Salmon, Sockeye, Silver, Chum, and Pinks. Local fish include the awesome Arctic Grayling, Monstrous Northern Pike, and Rainbows that will blow your mind. Guests can fish directly from the lodge and are also boated to nearby crystal clear rivers for outstanding opportunities to catch seasonal fish such as Kings. Something exciting for the new fisherfolk is the fly tying lessons and the willingness of the lodge to teach you how to fly fish. Don't be afraid to try something new here because the fish are thick enough in the waters that you will almost always reach your limit leaving you plenty of time to experiment with fishing techniques.

It's the People and the Fish That make this an Oasis

Guide ratio is 1:4 which is higher than many lodges, but is made up for by their extreme experience and the personal service that is shown to each guest. This is a place where you almost immediately feel like you are home and among friends. You are greeted by your guide who is your guide for your entire stay. If your party is larger than four people, you will have multiple guides. The focus here is you, and you will be disarmed immediately by the hospitality and the fishing opportunity.

The Year ROUND adventure Continues

Many lodges are open for the fishing season, but the Northwoods Lodge is open year round. Winter activities include snowmobiling (BYOSM) ice fishing and help to celebrate the Iditarod race as a spectator. There is the quiet calm of winter when the sky is clear, and the stars are so close you can reach out and pluck them like a ripe berry. This is the time of year when the Aurora Borealis lights up the sky in an atomic display that will leave an imprint on your mind. The lodge is accessible by ski plane or snowmobile. The locals gather to celebrate and as guests you are a local. The annual bon-fire is a festive occasion that celebrates the historic and importance of the Iditarod dogs and their race. If you prefer to adventure in the white wilderness do so by snow "Machine" the world here will reset your priority list and make you want to return again and again.


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A Great Find!
5.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on August 25, 2020
  • Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Northwoods Lodge and would definitely recommend it to others. Cabin accommodations were comfortable and very clean, and meals were delicious. Shan is a wonderful...
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The best Father's Day
5.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on July 5, 2020
  • I fished with my dad here before I had kids Many years ago and returned with my boys and my dad for an awesome time. Bryce our guide went out of his way to really give extra attention to my sons ages...
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Father & Sons Trip
5.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on June 26, 2020
  • Visited times before and it just keeps getting better. Great place, great food, great fishing with a wonderful staff and tremendously talented guides. Shan and Eric have perfected it after 30 years...
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