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Kenai Backcountry Lodge
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Kenai Backcountry Lodge is located on glacier-carved Skilak Lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The lodge is accessible from Cooper Landing making this lodge a convenient Alaska wilderness vacation. Kenai Backcountry Lodge is an eco-friendly Alaskan lodge with a hydroelectric system that provides the electricity to run the kitchen and laundry facilities. With its peaceful lake-side setting, surrounded by a million acres of designated wilderness, Kenai Backcountry Lodge offers a great adventure exploring Alaska's beautiful Kenai Peninsula.

Originally built as a hunting lodge in the 1930s, this historic lodge has added a few modern comforts,  to make your visit a comfortable Alaskan lodge experience that will reinvigorate you, and provide the solitude and peace only found in nature. Activities from the lodge include exploring the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge by foot or by boat, kayaking and hiking into the alpine tundra in the surrounding mountains.  The setting at Skilak Lake is simply spectacular.



Location: The Kenai Backcountry Lodge is located on a glacier-carved lake accessible only by boat in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The transfer location is easily accessed by car, not far from Cooper Landing. Step back in time to Alaskan life 75 years ago. With the addition of a few modern creature comforts, the lodge experience will reinvigorate your love for the solitude and peace you find in nature. We have applied everything we have learned about great travel experiences over the years into this rewarding endeavor. Guests will be staying at Kenai Riverside Lodge for the first night, which is located on the banks of the upper Kenai River and surrounded by snowcapped mountains due to accessibility and operational flow. Kenai Backcountry Lodge and Kenai Riverside Lodge are managed and operated by Alaska Wildland Adventures.

Lodge setting and accommodation: Kenai Backcountry Lodge is a beautiful, remote Alaskan lodge that is surrounded by a million acres of designated wilderness. The original lodge building is a historic structure, built in the 1930's as a hunting lodge. It is quaint and very private - the lodge only accommodates 16 - 18 people in a choice of deluxe Yukon Tent Cabins or Lakeside Log cabins (2 cabins now with private bath), all located around a central bathhouse. You can't beat the spectacular sunset view, looking across the lake from the lodge. It is environmentally friendly - with a hydroelectric system, which provides the electricity for kitchen and laundry facilities.

Meals: Guests enjoy great Alaskan-styled appetizers, main courses and desserts served in a family-style setting. Using the finest ingredients, the chefs create beautiful meals featuring fresh baked breads, a variety of fruits and vegetables, fresh Alaska seafood and other specialty dishes. The lodge can also accommodate special dietary needs and offers vegetarian options. Beverages are not included.

Activities (included): Guided hiking in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, kayaking, exploring Skilak Lake by motorized skiff or simply relaxing at the lodge.


Day 1/Arrival: You will travel in comfortable van from Anchorage to Cooper Landing (departure from Anchorage is between 14:00H and 15:00H). Upon arrival in Cooper Landing, settle into your cabin. Rest of the afternoon/evening is at leisure. In the evening enjoy dinner (included) at the lodge and discuss your upcoming activity days with staff. Overnight at Kenai Riverside Lodge.

Day 2/Kenai Backcountry Lodge: Suit up for a rafting adventure on the turquoise waters of the Kenai River. Explore the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge at the river's pace, by raft, on a full-day Kenai River Canyon Raft Trip en route to Kenai Backcountry Lodge. Venture into unspoiled Alaska wilderness that most travelers never see. Start with a scenic float and keep a keen eye for wildlife. Enjoy a picnic lunch, then raft the spirited class II+ rapids through the Kenai Canyon. End your adventure with a scenic exploration along a pristine glacier-carved lakeshore along the way. Upon arrival to Kenai Backcountry Lodge, enjoy a delicious dinner; settle into your private guest accommodations, complete with down comforters and propane heat and light. Overnight at Kenai Backcountry Lodge.

Day 3/Kenai Backcountry Lodge: After a savory hot breakfast, choose your pace for the day. Join a guided hike: venture through evergreen forest as you journey to breathtaking alpine tundra. Discover by small boat what wonders lie beyond the next cove. Relax in a cozy wood-fired sauna and if you're feeling daring skip down to the lake for a quick dip! Paddle a sea kayak across a brilliant turquoise glacial lake. Seek out moose, bears, caribou or the local birdlife that call this area home and capture that memorable photograph. Enjoy the magic of this peaceful wilderness setting and when you're ready to wind down after "your" perfect day, enjoy appetizers on the lake shore, prelude to a delicious dinner served with gourmet flair. Overnight at Kenai Backcountry Lodge.

Day 4/Departure: After breakfast, bid farewell to your new friends at Kenai Backcountry Lodge. Boat transfer across the lake and then enjoy comfortable transportation back to Anchorage. Arrival in Anchorage around noon.

Tour Highlights

  • Remote lodge in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
  • Accessible by small boat only
  • Peaceful wilderness setting

Tour Includes

  • 1 night stay at Kenai Riverside Lodge & 2 night stay at Kenai Backcountry Lodge
  • Meals: 2 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts
  • Full day rafting tour on the Kenai River into Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
  • Transfer to/from Anchorage
  • All taxes and fees.

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