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Crystal Creek Lodge

1 Big Creek Road, King Salmon, AK 99613
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#7 of 18 Specialty lodging in King Salmon
Fishing and adventure lodge on the Naknek River near King Salmon, Alaska, a region famous for river and stream fishing for salmon, trout, char and grayling plus the famous Brown Bears of Katmai National Park. Orvis Endorsed and twice awarded Lodge of the Year. We host 14-16 guests maximum at a time and to them deliver genuine and dedicated service, deluxe accommodations and meals and a guided fishing and adventure program featuring daily sea plane and boating trips. The guides of Crystal Creek Lodge are all experienced are patient with the novice and invigorating to the experienced angler. It's about having fun. We provide all necessary flies, lures, rods, reels and wading equipment, and all of it is first quality gear. Our fleet of aircraft and boats are some of the finest examples of their kind and are meticulously maintained. This is a vacation that encompasses many possibilities, including visiting a variety of locations within nearby National Parks and Wildlife Refuges and experiencing a diversity of rivers, streams and natural wonders. Crystal Creek Lodge was established in 1988 and has been run by the same owner/manager since.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Free airport transportation
Non-smoking hotel
Bar / lounge
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
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rsdill765 wrote a review Dec 2019
9 contributions
An outstanding experience. The owner and staff are extremely competent, friendly and helpful. You cannot beat the accommodations and experience. Orvis endorsed lodge and equipment . The food is first class and well presented.
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Date of stay: July 2019
John N wrote a review Jul 2019
Rome, Italy38 contributions20 helpful votes
Location is right on the Naknek River just a couple of miles from King Salmon and its airport. My son and I stayed in a 2 bed, 2 bath cabin located about 100' from the main lodge. It was gorgeous---very well appointed. The meals and bar were in the main lodge. The chef, Brian, was extremely creative and the food quality was outstanding. They have a terrific wine and liquor selection and the prices are fair., and quite a bit of booze is included. The public areas in the lodge were very comfortable and extremely well appointed. Although it would be hard to out do the physical facility, their staff was even more outstanding. Everyone was extremely knowledgeable and friendly and helpful. It was an extremely small thing, but shows their attention to every detail; they had umbrellas by the door to our cabin and the door from the lodge for our use. They supplied them even though it was a very short walk and only 1 cabin.
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Date of stay: July 2019
Trip type: Traveled with family
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mjm2kk wrote a review Oct 2018
Elmhurst, Illinois15 contributions3 helpful votes
Dan Michels is a genius. From the very first moments I spent at the Crystal Creek Lodge I knew I was about to experience something very special. After our first dinner in the lodge with Mr. Michels I had the sense that he is a living legend in his peer group of lodge operators. After our group spent the day with him during our non fishing “adventure” day as he piloted his BOW (Beaver on wheels) I can at least confirm his skills as a pilot, host, and even historian. He landed his BOW in the Valley of 10,000 Smokes, as surreal moonscape of a 106 year old volcanic cataclysm. As we rested on a now long dormant fumarole he pulled out a first edition National Geologic Survey book about the eruption and read contemporaneous first hand native American accounts of the eruption. Amazing!! CCL runs the largest flight of Beavers in Alaska. The planes are meticulously cared for and are the mechanical heart of the lodge experience. I’m told pilots are some of the most experienced working in the state. The accommodations are Alaska’s version of the Ritz. The lodge was recently rebuilt on its current location on the Naknek River. “First class” only scratches the surface of how nice the lodge is. The lodge is decorated with some museum quality artifacts that Mr. Michels has collected during his life in Alaska. Each one has a story more fascinating than the next. The food! Don’t plan on losing any weight while at CCL. Surf and turf night was particularly spectacular. Since it is really 2 main entrees we only received one of the traditional 2 deserts severed after every dinner. The chef, who was recruited from one of Chicago’s finest restaurants announces each course. The wine list is impeccable and compliments each meal like you would expect from a Michelin starred restaurant. And the chef does not even fish; I believe he came to CCL for the opportunity, challenge and free reign to create a world class dining experience in one of the most beautiful and wild places left in the world. I guess I should mention the fishing. The fishing and the guides are the best in Alaska. Ok, I don’t really know that for sure but I think it would be hard to find a better team of fishing guides in a more productive salmon/trout ecosystem anywhere in Alaska. Each night Alex, the fishing master of ceremonies, helps your group plan the next day’s adventure. You meet your pilot and guides in the morning and fly out to a new river or lake location targeting your fish of choice. One day they packed inflatable rafts into the Beaver and we fished a beautiful lake before rafting down the river for more fishing and an Alaskan wilderness river rafting experience. And do not fret if you are a novice at casting a fly rod as they will teach you right on the river. My friend came with zero fly fishing experience and caught more and larger fish than I did. I did happened to catch a monster 45 inch pike that I will never forget.
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Date of stay: June 2018
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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ConcettaCiari wrote a review Oct 2018
16 contributions6 helpful votes
Everything about lodge is outstanding! The staff is extremely attentive and the guides are passionate about what they do and very knowledgeable. They taught us how to fly fish and took us to places where we caught some real beauties! We returned to enjoy a gourmet meal every night in their beautiful lodge. If you can only do one fishing trip in your life time, this is the one to go on! Hands down the best vacation I've ever been on.
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Date of stay: September 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
TravelinVols wrote a review Sep 2018
Knoxville, Tennessee41 contributions9 helpful votes
Dan, Lynette, Alex, and Heather have really put together a spectacular team at CCL! Our first trip in 2015 was beyond description in terms of food, fishing, flying, etc. We returned this year and were blown away again. We flew to a couple of spots we fished in 2015, but largely we fished in spots new to us. We limited out on silver salmon every day that we went for them, did well on trout, and fought some great fights with arctic char and dollies. This year, we made the trip to Yantarni Salmon Camp; what an amazing place. The bears, foxes, and other animals there are not used to seeing people. We were happy to see Chef Brian back cooking up his amazing creations! The addition of Lexie in the kitchen made it even better, especially when she accompanied us to Yantarni and cooked our fresh salmon for dinner! They think of everything here. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
United StatesAlaskaKing Salmon
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Frequently Asked Questions about Crystal Creek Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Crystal Creek Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Crystal Creek Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Crystal Creek Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Crystal Creek Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Eddie's Fireplace Inn, D & D Restaurant and Hotel, and Sockeye Saloon.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Crystal Creek Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center during their stay.
Does Crystal Creek Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Crystal Creek Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Crystal Creek Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.