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Explore two unique and remote Alaska wilderness lodges on this all inclusive Alaska wilderness experience. Fly by float plane to the remote Winterlake Lodge and Tutka Bay for exploring by helicopter and float plane, including fishing, hiking, kayaking, and wildlife spotting. Enjoy yoga, wine-tasting, cooking classes as you take in the majestic and inspiring Alaska mountain scenery on this remote Alaska vacation for the adventurous at heart.
Photographing glaciersFishing along the Happy RiverWinterlake LodgeTutka Bay Cooking ClassTutka Bay LodgeSummer Snowshoeing near WinterlakeWinterlake Lodge fishingView of the Trimble Glacier from the helicopterPicnic lunch during the rafting tripTutka Bay hikingExploring Grewing GlacierHiking Glacier Ridge
  • Kayak, canoe, or fly fish on Winterlake
  • Helicopter to nearby mountains or valleys to explore
  • Deepsea fish for salmon and halibut in Tutka Bay
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Winterlake Lodge

The flight takes you northwest of Anchorage with views of Mt. McKinley. Our lodge managers will greet you dockside and will give you a brief orientation to the lodge and check you in to your cabin. After you settle in, meet with your guides to plan the week’s activities. Luncheon is served in the main lodge at 1:00PM.

After lunch, explore the area around the lodge and hike to the top of Wolverine Ridge where the view of Mt. McKinley is spectacular. Once at the top, explore the tundra ecology and look for grizzly bears, ground squirrels, ptarmigan, and wolf trails. Head back in time to make it to a cooking class with our lodge chefs.

Appetizers are served at 6:30PM in the main lodge followed by a three-course dinner served table d'hôte style. After dinner, enjoy an evening education program on Alaska in the main lodge or gather around table for games, drinks and conversation.

Day 2: Winterlake Lodge Exploration

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, join your pilot and guide for a fly-out day of fly fishing on one of the many nearby rivers – all gear included. You and your guide will discuss your goals and make an individualized plan tailored to your preferences. Get dropped at a remote river and fish for silver salmon, Dolly Varden and rainbow trout. Enjoy a delicious “river lunch” prepared by our lodge chef.

Join the lodge managers at 6:30PM for a wine and appetizers, local Alaska brews and gourmet sodas. Following dinner at
7:00PM, relax in the hot tub or enjoy the wood fired sauna.

Day 3: Winterlake Lodge Exploration

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Today, explore Red Lake where we frequently see moose, bears, swans and loons. A short hike from the lodge, you and your guide will canoe across the lake to meet up with the Iditarod trail that will lead you back to the lodge through an old growth forest filled with blueberries, cranberries and currants.

Go on a helicopter adventure with your guide and explore one of the neighboring mountains or valleys. Your guide will customize your adventure to your preferred physical ability and help choose the best trip for you. Choose from one of the following excursion options today:

Hike to the summit along Wolverine Ridge or in the Tordrillo Range. Watch for grizzly bears, caribou, and wolf trails as you hike and enjoy the impressive views of these less-trodden peaks.

Trek on Trimble Glacier. Get up close to this glacier in the Tordrillo Range and go exploring as you hike on the glacier with your guide and in the surrounding area.

Enjoy a day of the country's best Pacific Salmon fishing. Spin-cast or fly-fish for all five species: salmon, trout, grayling, Dolly Varden, and burbot.

Opt to go for a meandering float down the Happy River by raft. Keep your eyes peeled for eagles, bears, Dall Sheep, salmon, or just incredible views.

Day 4: On to Tutka Bay Lodge

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast this morning, head out to the dock to board the float plane and head on to Tutka Bay Lodge, a scenic 70-minute flight away. Arrive to the dock where you are greeted by the property manager. Enjoy a brief introduction to the lodge and surrounding area and settle into your cabin overlooking Grace Ridge and Tutka fjord.

Meet with your guide and plan the day's activities. Enjoy lunch in the dining room before heading out for an afternoon adventure. Take part in the 3 pm yoga class, or take an interpretive walk along the shore to spot eagles, black bears, whales, otters and sea glass.

Enjoy appetizers and wine tasting in the evenings, followed by a three-course meal. After dinner, relax in the sauna or hot tub, or listen to a presentation later this evening on the history of Alaska and the area and enjoy visiting with other guests with drinks and games.

Day 5: Tutka Bay Explorations

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, set out to sea on a deep-sea fishing adventure OR bear viewing excursion. Fish for salmon and halibut and watch your captain clean and fillet your catch at the dock. Ship it home or take it in to the lodge for the chefs to prepare for you. If you’d rather view bears, board a floatplane with your guide from the lodge dock and fly across Cook Inlet to the Katmai Coast for bear viewing, home to one of the largest concentrations of brown bears in the world. Our guides will take you to the best spots to experience these amazing animals in their natural habitat catching salmon, foraging for sedge grass or digging clams along the coast. Take a pack lunch and return to the lodge in time for the afternoon cooking class where you will join our chefs for a 45-minute culinary class.

Join the lodge managers at 6:30PM for a wine and cheese tasting, appetizers, local Alaska brews and gourmet sodas. Following dinner at 7:00PM, relax in the hot tub or enjoy the wood fired sauna.

Day 6: Tutka Bay Explorations

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, join your guide hiking the trail to Tutka Lake, just a short ten minute boat ride up the bay. Hike from the coast up to the hidden mountain lake and paddle our canoes around looking for loons and eagles. Continue on the trail to the nearby fish hatchery for a picnic lunch or head back to the lodge.

In the late afternoon, join our boat captain for a ride to the neighboring bay and visit an oyster farm. Learn the unique differences in raising oysters and mussels in the cold waters of Alaska and taste them fresh out of the water.

OPTIONAL: Choose as an add-on, another day of out-camp adventure – marine wildlife cruise (whales!), deep sea fishing for halibut and salmon or more bear viewing.

Join fellow travelers for appetizers and wine and tell stories of the day’s adventures. Dinner is served at 7:00PM. After dinner, join our boat captain for a sunset cruise around our neighborhood watching for whales and other sea life.

Day 7: Transfer to Homer

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer today to Homer by water taxi. Connect yourself with your return flight home or arrange a flight back to Anchorage. Add on a stay in Denali National Park or another region to extend your Alaska trip.


Tutka Bay Lodge

Eagle's Nest Cabin at Tutka Bay Lodge
Steller's Jay Cabin at Tutka Bay
The Widgeon - Tutka Bay's Cooking School

Winterlake Lodge

Winterlake Lodge
Winterlake Lodge
Winterlake Lodge

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  • 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Customized lodge activities accompanied by a professional naturalist guide and all related gear
  • All meals, snacks, and house wine, beer, and cocktails are served with lunch and/or dinner.
  • Wi-Fi in the main lodge (may be limited due to our remote nature)
  • Daily yoga, meditation, and other wellness classes
  • Lodge amenities such as hot tubs and wood-fired sauna
  • Daily cooking classes and appetizer hour
  • Fishing licenses
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Optional Excursions - Additional charter and helicopter excursions available with extended time.
  • Water taxi to Homer - To be invoiced at time of booking if needed
  • Internal Flights: Anchorage - Winterlake Lodge - Tutka Bay Lodge Charter
  • Airport Taxi Transfers
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Departure Transfer
  • Specialty Alcohol is an Additional Cost
  • Fishing License Fee


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