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Redoubt Mountain Lodge
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Springfield, Oregon
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“Little Piece of Heaven”
Reviewed April 1, 2012

Our first trip to Alaska and we found the best! Top notch from the minute you get off the float plane. Service, experience, food....all exceptionally done. From learning to fly fish, kayaking along river, seeing bears up close, hiking trails to falls or viewing it all from mountain top. Can't put it into words the amazing experience you get in this well said, "little piece of heaven".
You just can't go wrong here, the staff and management are a cut above. So if your checking out places to go trying to figure which would be best, pick Redoubt Mt. Lodge you will never regret you did!

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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San Francisco, CA
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Reviewed February 11, 2012

We saw over 8 bears, which according to our Amazingly energetic, friendly and knowledgable guide is quite a lot. I will warn you, sometimes people only see one bear so it's just a matter of luck. You may also get to see some eagles too. The flight to the lodge is beautiful. The lodge is warm and they greet you with some warm tea/coffee and muffins. After the viewing, at least what we did, they feed you an amazing lunch. Ours was salmon burgers that were heavenly. It's a bit pricey but worth more than what we paid for. You get to go walk on the bog, which is just a network of plant roots floating on water and see a beautiful waterfall. Amazing first day and best day of the whole trip!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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115 reviews
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

Redoubt Mountain Lodge was everything you dream of when you think of Alaska-remote location, abundance of wildlife, great fishing, and great people. After spending time looking at the photos on their website and Facebook page, we couldn't resist. I wanted to see bears, my husband wanted to fish. We got all of that and more. Heather and Ryan were great hosts, the cabins were cozy, food terrific, and a great guide, Josh, helped us catch fish. The float plane ride offered amazing views. We saw browns bears as soon as we landed and were catching fish soon after. I can't describe how exciting it is to see the bears that close. They are beyond entertaining as the circle the lake salmon fishing. Our guide, Josh was incredibly helpful as I have never tried fly fishing (but caught many fish with his guidance) and my husband was in heaven. We gathered at the lodge each night for a great dinner and cocktails with the other guests and enjoyed talking to all the guides and staff. What fascinating lives they lead. Between the wildlife and scenary I was awestruck the entire trip. To be able to stand in the lake fishing, alongside mama and cubs, is an experience we will never forget. This was by far the highlight of our 2 weeks in Alaska. If you wondering, as we were, should we splurge on this? Absolutely!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed August 27, 2011

My family stayed here for five days and had the best ending to our three week Alaskan adventure. The setting is simply stunning on Crescent Lake in Lake Clarke National Park, literally miles from anywhere. We flew in by float plane from Anchorage, the flight is just over an hour and the views as you land offer a tremendous start to the holiday. As you look around the shores of the lake you can spot bears on the hunt for salmon in the water.

You arrive early so breakfast greets you as the guides take your bags to your cabin. There are six cabins, all very similar, but one is down by the water - we were lucky enough to get this one - the views are stupendous. And in the middle of the night you can hear a bear come visiting and splashIng in the lake right outside.

We met our lovely guides, Andrew and Adam, who really looked after us while we were there. Both keen and accomplished fly fishermen, they exhibited extraordinary patience in teaching me to cast, untangling my line and good humour at dodging my errant and low flying hook (sorry Adam!). We were lucky enough to be there when the silvers came in and all caught one. Standing in the river with that beautiful view, trying to make the perfect cast and watching a mama bear and her cubs on the opposite bank has to be one of the most uplifting experiences the soul can enjoy.

We were all also into wildlife photography, keen amateurs. The bears were, literally, a few yards away at times on the river bank and we sat quietly for ages just watching them and taking photos. They were endlessly fascinating and always there, at times raising the heart rate as they came round a corner while we were fishing.

There are some glorious hikes of varying difficulty, kayaking ( a serene way to watch the wildlife), we had a memorable evening round the camp fire singing with the other guests and the guides, who again, showed admirable restraint at our inebriated but enthusiastic singing. My only regret is that they never made good on the promise of "guided hot-tubbing".

The cabins are very comfortable if not luxurious, the main lodge is a lovely place to spend the evenings with a fire in the middle of the room. We met such a good crowd they seemed to enjoy the racing charades which produced some rowdy and very funny moments.

The food is tasty and filling and well-presented, and we were extremely well looked after by Heather and Danielle.

We were all incredibly sad to leave and a week later are still looking wistfully at the thousands of photos we've brought home. Much as we all would love to go back, I'm not sure we could ever top the experience we've just had.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
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Reviewed August 16, 2011

The location of this lodge is truly away from it all and set in gorgeous scenery. We went primarily to see bear and we weren't disappointed even though it was a little early in the season. The lodge caters to everyone's wishes - bear viewing, hiking, kayaking and fishing but it's really all about the fishing. If this is your thing then this is the lodge for you.
The staff were really professional and friendly and really knew how to help you land some big salmon.
The food was very good with plenty of variety.
The rooms were very "rustic" so don't go looking for a 5 star room experience...like I said, it's all about the fishing.

  • Stayed July 2011
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San Francisco, California
Level 6 Contributor
217 reviews
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Reviewed August 13, 2011

Amazing lodge lost in the park, only accessible by float planes. No cell phone reception and almost no internet. I say "almost" because for those highly motivated people there is a cable you can hook your laptop to if you really think the world cannot exist without your checking your emails every single day :)....I checked....after a week with no contact I found out the world had not collapsed at all!

Arrival: you feel special right away. The guides (Jesse, Andrew, Adam, Tyler and Josh) and Ryan Richards are here to welcome you after you experience on the float plane. Since you did not have breakfast before lest you might be sick on board a warm breakfast is served right away: huge home-made pancakes with cream, fruits etc.....you already feel at home!

Cabin: rustic but exactly adapted to the place: made with logs like in the ol' time. The heating works well with propane (if the pilot light stops because of the wind just ask Ryan to fix it for you he will come right away) and the bathroom is small but offers what you need.
It is not necessary to bring head lamps or any other light device the days are so long you never need them!

Main Lodge: the heart of the property. This is where you come to warm up before a long day of fishing or after a long day of hiking. This is where meals are served, where you meet with your guide, and with fellow travelers. Nice place to hang out, upload your pictures, share them with others, and read a book next to the fireplace, sipping a hot tea. Danielle, the ever-present hostess, will make sure you always have what you need: tea, wine, coffee, etc.....

Amenities: a cedar hot tub does wonder on a aching body at the end of a crazy hike so don't hesitate using it! The view from the tub is amazing.

Food: Being French food is central to my life. Heather Richards performs daily miracles serving 3 hearty meals a day (and little things in between :) without having access to a nearby grocery store. She must be extremely organized!
I would qualify her food as gourmet comfort food: great taste, nice plating, very appetizing in texture and colors, and varied. Heather can accommodate special allergies or taste if warned in advance.
She even "fed" me with some cookies and cup cakes upon returning from a long grueling hike :)

Now to the main point of the trip:

Wildlife: amazing. Bring your binoculars, several extra memory cards or films for your camera because you will be see a lot of wildlife: bears (black, hard to see because very shy, and brown more obvious on the beach/fishing), bald eagles, sockeye, dollies, trouts, and moose for the lucky ones (I was not so lucky and will have to come back next time to see one!).

Activities: Fishing is simply mind-blowing: fish everywhere, and once you master the fly fishing technique well explained to you by your guide you become a super happy fisherman/woman.
Our guide, Adam, always went the extra mile to help us get our fish and taught us well as we left the lodge with 30 pounds of sockeye salmon :). He was a great fly-fishing instructor and helped us forget how icy cold the water was! On that note, remember to bring some long johns/ tight sweat pants to wear under your jeans which you will wear under the waders. Double layer of socks, a hat, and 5 layers + rain jacket. This will help you not feel cold on a very cold day :)
Bear watching was truly exhilarating: I am sure I could see those day after day and not feel blasé about it! Once again, our guide Adam Bernero, took care of us and helped us find the bears and take great pictures!.
Hiking: if you are fit and want to go further than just staying on a boat to see wildlife then the park is here for you! The guides and Ryan have cleared a few hikes ranging from VERY easy (think "Moose Meadow" or the "Waterfalls") to easy (the "snow cave"), to a little bit more challenging (the "Bowl") to more challenging (the "Pyramid"). We did all of them and truly enjoyed the experience.
Kayaking: I spent the last day kayaking with Ryan. Without the noise of the boat engine you get to see more animals (hello black bear hiding behind the tall grass!), being lower on the water and going slower also opens up new viewing opportunities.

My teenage son had a total blast! He loves spending his day fishing, hiking and kayaking. No need to bring video games here they won't be needed! He is speaking of planning the same trip for next year!

All in all, this was a great trip that exceeded our expectations. We WILL come back!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Little Rock, Arkansas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2011

Highly recommend you bring a large capacity memory card for your camera. The photo opportunites are endles. I could go on and on about the waterfalls, the hiking, the bears, the fishing, and the mountains. The staff mixes professional and personal all in one. You don't have to be a professional fisherman to go here. My wife and two boys (9 and 11) caught their biggest fish ever. The guides have everything you need, seriously just show up without any fishing gear and see what happens. They have top notch rods and reels, waders, and tackle. Amazing. The food is first class. You will never go anywhere hungry. Loved the cedar hot tub. Best place to go and get away from the city life and cell phones! I do recommend you also bring flannel pants to wear while your fishing. The water is cold of course. I also recommend you bring rain gear. Showers can pop up. Bring your favorite book to read at the Lodge.
Thanks RML for the lifelong memories. We will be back. SIncerely, The Parker Family

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Redoubt Mountain Lodge
Address: Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, AK
Location: United States > Alaska > Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
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Ranked #2 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
Number of rooms: 6
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Redoubt Mountain Lodge Alaska/Lake Clark National Park And Preserve

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