- Remote lodge in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
- Accessible by small boat only
- Peaceful wilderness setting
- 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
- Transfer to/from Anchorage
- All taxes and fees.
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
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.
LODGE INFORMATION AND ITINERARY
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
Lodge setting and accommodation: This
beautiful, remote Alaskan lodge 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
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.
1/Arrival: Meet your Alaska Wildland Adventures representative at your
downtown Anchorage hotel between 14:00H and 14:30H or at the Anchorage Airport
at 15:00H. Shuttle by 15-passneger van along Turnagain arm to Cooper Landing,
home of our Kenai Riverside Lodge. Upon arrival, settle into your cabin, enjoy
dinner 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
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
Day 4/Departure: After breakfast, bid
farewell to your new friends at Kenai Backcountry Lodge. Shuttle across the lake
and enjoy comfortable transportation back to Anchorage, arrive by
Child rates (7-11 years) available on request - sharing
cabin with 2 full paying adults. Not recommended for families with younger
children (6 years and under).
Deposit of 50% is required, without reservation is
not confirmed! 60 days prior final payment due.
REFUND / CANCELLATION POLICY
after our written confirmation: $300.00 per person;
120 to 91 days prior to
lodge stay / tour date: $600.00 per person;
90 to 46 days prior to lodge
stay / tour date: 60% of invoice total;
45 to 0 days prior to
lodge stay / tour date: 100% of invoice total.
TRAVEL TO ALASKA:
Please make sure you have your proper documents (US Drivers License or
passport) with you, your credit card and camera/video recorder.
If you booked a rental car with us that you will pick up upon arrival in
Alaska, please make sure you provide us with your flight arrival information so
that your car is ready for you when you arrive!
Also remember that Alaska has its own time zone. Alaska is 1 hour behind
Pacific Standard Time / 2 hours behind Mountain Standard Time / 3 hours behind
Central Standard Time / 4 hours behind Eastern Standard Time.
WHAT TO PACK:
Temperatures from June through August range between 60°F / 16° C to 80°F /
27°. May and September are typically cooler, with temperatures ranging between
45°F / 7° C to 55°F / 13° C. Temperatures in the winter can range from -40
degrees to 40 degrees.
If summer or winter the general rule for Alaska is casual, comfortable
clothing that can be worn in layers. The first layer should be something thin
and next to the skin (try to avoid cotton). The second layer adds warmth and
allows you the option of removing if it gets warmer (mostly fleece or similar).
The third layer should protect you against rain and wind if necessary.
For day cruises into Prince William Sound and Kenai Fjords National
Park, for example, we recommend an extra layer including a scarf, hat and
gloves, as it can be chilly on the boats - even in the summer!
Comfortable walking shoes or water repellent hiking boots are also
If you visit in the winter, your outer layer should
protect you against the cold and wind. Even so jeans are comfortable, they are
not ideal when it is really cold. Ski pants are protecting better against the
cold weather. Do not forget to bring a warm scarf, hat, gloves, and boots.