Chelatna and Wildman Lake – Wascom Private

Chelatna and Wildman Lake – Wascom Private


August 5, 2017 - August 13, 2017


Alaska Range and Alaska Peninsula





August 5, 2017 - August 13, 2017


Alaska Range and Alaska Peninsula



Ready for full days of adventure and evenings filled with good food and hospitality? Visit two unique remote lodges and sample the great diversity of Alaska. Wildlife awaits.


Last updated: October 9, 2017


What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.

August 5

Arrive in Anchorage by mid-afternoon and transfer first to the small airplane airport (Regal Air, 4506 Lake Shoredrive, just 5 minutes from the International Terminal) and then via small plane charter into the Alaska Range and Chelatna Lodge. Settle into the lodge and enjoy the quiet of the wilderness (D, and Lodging included, transportation to Lake Hood is your responsibility).

August 6

After breakfast at the lodge, adventure awaits. Hike into the Alpine, fish the river, paddle the lake, search the woods for moose. Your guide is there to help and the mountains tower above. (B,L,D)

August 7

Another day in the mountains. Weather and your desires dictate the day’s activities. Perhaps you will want to walk above the lake and gorge on fields of blue berries with the bears. Maybe you will want to drift across the lake and watch the mountains. In the late afternoon, your plane returns and flies you back to Anchorage for an evening on the town. Dinner on your own, lodging in downtown Anchorage at Susitna Place. You’ll need your own transport to Susitna Place at 727 N Street from the Lake Hood Airport (B,L).

August 8

Fingers crossed for clear weather because the flight down the Alaska Peninsula is memorable. The rugged Pacific Coast to the south and the grey Bering Sea to the north, with a string of smoking volcanoes between. On the tundra north of one of the larger, and yes still active, volcanoes in the middle of a tundra plain lies a dirt airstrip and a very unique lodge. Welcome to Wildman Lake. With a mid-day arrival there will be time to explore near the lodge in the afternoon and evening. Transport to Lake Clark Air at Merrill Field, 2425 Merrill Field Drive in Anchorage is your responsibility, check-in time is 07:15 am. (B,L,D)

August 9-11

Wind rolls through the grass in waves, fish rise in the gin-clear river, and moose wander past the lodge during breakfast (we hope). The day may have barely begun and it is already remarkable. Get ready for a day in the weather and enjoy 3 full days of fishing, bear viewing, fly-out walrus photography and more. (B,L,D)

August 12

A last morning at the lodge and a last chance to soak up the quiet, then the flight back through the mountains and onto Anchorage. Once in Anchorage around 3 pm (weather permitting), head to the Millenium Hotel and settle in. Then be sure to head out and visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center.  Lodging at the Millenium Hotel, 4800 Spenard Road in Anchorage (free shuttle to airport and downtown Anchorage). Just give a call to confirm the shuttle 1-866-866-8063. (B,L Lodging)

August 13

Flights home on your own.

Such a joy to spend days where time was meaningless.  A wonderful adventure and I would like to return next year for a longer, more challenging trip.

You mentioned to me in an email that you have terrific guides - you do indeed.  Dave is a superb guide. He is personable, knowledgeable about the Arctic, and has excellent group management skills. I appreciated the time he spent teaching me to read the map, which is not easy without trails.   He allowed Adrian and me to hike at our own pace and he encouraged all of us to explore the area surrounding our campsites. I know the others would concur in my praise.

- Sandra, California, USA



Two nights at Chelatna Lodge (8/5 – 8/6). One night at Susitna Place in Anchorage 8/7 (three rooms). Four nights at Wildman Lake Lodge (8/8 – 8/11), one night in Anchorage at the Millenium hotel (three rooms). All included lodge activities and meals. All transportation beyond Anchorage including bush flights to and from both Chelatna Lake Lodge and Wildman Lake Lodge.  Meals as specified in the itinerary above. Please see the websites of the individual lodges for more details.


Transport within Anchorage nor meals in Anchorage unless supplied by Anchorage lodging  Gratuities for guides and staff, activities and amenities not included in lodge package. Fishing licenses and equipment.


Weather is Alaska is wildly variable and it is best to prepare for everything. Rain is assured but heat is also possible. Most of the time it is warmer at Chelatna than it is at Wildman but bring plenty of layers and good rain-gear regardless. It could be stormy at Wildman Lake and weather related aviation delays are possible. Luggage restrictions apply on small planes so pack carefully.


Where the Sea Breaks its Back, Cory Ford; Birthplace of the Winds, Jon Bowermaster; The World of the Walrus,; Climb DenaliLaurent Dick;  Grizzly Maze, Nick Jans; The Bears of Katmai, Matthais Breiter.

"The wilderness was spectacular, the leadership perfect."
"I am just finishing my tenth trip with you guys. As always, the trip was more than I expected and I had a great time. See you next year!"
"Of all outfitters with whom we have worked (and that is quite a number), you were by far the most organized and responsive."
"That feeling of wide open wonder, the possibilities for nearly limitless wandering, and the image of those proud caribou...that will stay with me a long time"
"Our guide was an encyclopedia on legs. He was always willing and ready to teach, to talk, to listen, to do another hike, or to lie low in camp if we were beat. He truly gave us the trip we wanted!"
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