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Winterlake Lodge
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Winterlake Lodge is one of the best places to stay in Alaska. It offers seclusion and spectacular scenery, including views of the Trimble and Hayes Glacier and the entrance to Rainy Pass. Located on the National Historic Iditarod Trail, the lodge there are great opportunities for hiking and wildlife viewing. The area is home to many species of Alaska birds, wildflowers, and berries that are rarely seen in other locales. Winterlake lodge is in fantastic yet remote location for an Alaska wilderness vacation with a easy 1-hour flight from Lake Hood in Anchorage.

With its wilderness experience, wellness program, cooking classes, and wine tasting, the Winterlake Lodge offers a unique Alaska lodge experience with luxury. Guided activities at the lodge include hiking, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, bird watching, and of course dog mushing in the winter time. This lodge is the perfect getaway for couples, families, and groups of friends. Great for anyone who loves the outdoors and is looking for something very special, small and exclusive!

Winterlake Lodge's main building offers a comfortable common room, for relaxing by the fire and viewing the lake from large picture windows. There is also a cozy dining area, large meditative yoga room, hot tub on the main deck, and a wood burning sauna. Enjoy your Alaska lodge vacation, with first-class amenities wilderness style!



Lodge Information: Beautiful Winterlake Lodge is located on the southern boundary of Denali National Park, on the historic Iditarod Trail. It is one of the best lodges in Alaska and offers seclusion and spectacular scenery. Trimble and Hayes Glacier, as well as the entrance to Rainy Pass can all be seen from the lake. There are great opportunities for hiking and wildlife viewing with many species of Alaska birds, wildflowers, and berries that are rarely seen in other locales. As the lodge is located on the Iditarod Trail it also is a check point during the famous dog sled race (Iditarod) every March.

Transportation: The lodge is accessible by float plane from Anchorage or Talkeetna only. Flight time between Anchorage and the lodge is approx. 1 hour

Lodge setting and accommodation: The main lodge offers a comfortable main room for relaxing by the fire and viewing the lake from large picture windows. There is a cozy dining area and large kitchen for the preparation of the lodge's signature gourmet cuisine. Facilities also include a large meditation yoga room, hot tub on the main deck, and a wood-burning sauna. These are the sites of a wellness program that includes massage therapy. There are 6 guest cabins on the property, each with different bed/bedroom configurations. Most bedrooms have private bath. There is wireless internet access in the main lodge. There is no TV, phone or internet service in the guest cabins!

Fine Dining: Lodge owner and renowned chef Kirsten Dixon offers world-class culinary and has published cook books. She may be at the lodge or one of her experienced chef will spoil guests with delicious cuisine. Gourmet meals are served from a daily menu (changed every day and posted in the main lodge). In keeping with tradition, Alaska regional cuisine is featured. Guests are welcome to come into the kitchen at any time and help cook! Special dishes may be made on request. The lodge also offers frequent lakeside barbecues of Alaska salmon and King Crab

Activities Included: A daily activity sheet is posted in each cabin and a daily menu of meals is posted in the main lodge. Daily activities may include a cooking class; an interesting half-hour narrated walk with your guide; a tour of the lake by canoe; kayaking; mountain biking and berry picking.
The main lodge also has a library for a day of quiet relaxation as well as yoga classes, a staff masseuse and outdoor hot spa. One 60-minute massage is included with a minimum 2 night stay.

Helicopter Excursions: Winterlake Lodge has a dedicated helicopter on site. One day of excursions requiring a helicopter lift are included with a 2 or 3 night stay. Two days of excursions requiring a helicopter lift are included with a 4 night stay. Additional days of helicopter excursions can be arranged on the spot for additional cost. Possible excursions requiring a helicopter are: heli-hiking, wilderness fishing, river rafting and glacier sightseeing and possible dog sledding on a glacier (dog sledding option is dependent on glacier and snow conditions). Certain excursions are avaialble half day, so guests can enjoy two different activities requiring a helicopter lift on the same day.


Day 1/Arrival: Depart Lake Hood in Anchorage in the morning (typically at 8:00H) for a scenic 1-hour flight by float plane.  Your lodge hosts will meet you on arrival. After an orientation at the lodge you can plan your daily activities.  Enjoy amazing outdoor activities. Lunch and dinner included. Overnight Winterlake Lodge.

Day 2+: Activities include hiking and exploring from the lodge. All meals included. Overnight(s) Winterlake Lodge.

Departure Day:  After breakfast you depart on the scenic flight back to Anchorage (typical departure from the lodge is at 9:00H).  Tour ends on arrival in Anchorage.


For itinerary and price infrormation of a stay at Winterlake Lodge during the winter time, please see our winter information!

Tour Highlights

  • Premium lodge at the foothills of the Alaska Range
  • Fine dining
  • Great outdoor activities and amazing scenery
  • Wellness facilities

Tour Includes

  • Roundtrip float plane flights between Anchorage and Winterlake Lodge
  • Overnight at Winterlake Lodge
  • All meals during stay at lodge
  • Guide service
  • 1 hour complimentary massage
  • Use of lodge equipment.
  • Activities as outlined**

** During a 2 or 3 night stay, one day of excursion with the helicopter included. During a 4 night stay, two days of excursions with the helicopter included.

Rates do not include fishing license, alcoholic beverages, additional helicopter excursions, gratuity.

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