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“Fishing Paradise”
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Dalton Trail Lodge
Jefferson City, Missouri
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“Fishing Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2014

We flew into Whitehorse, YT, with only 4 gates and 2 baggage claims, it is very easy to get around. We were greated by one of the owners, Jackie. She grabbed luggage and loaded us right away. We were at the lodge in about 1.5 hours. It is right off the Alaskan Highway, so it is a smooth easy drive with great views of rivers, lakes, mountains and wildlife. She was very knowledgable about the fauna, flora and area. Upon arrival at the lodge, our luggage was unpacked from the van and Trix (another owner) welcomed us for a complimentary drink and checked us into the lodge. The beautifl and full bar has a great lodge feel and look. We relaxed, enjoyed a drink and got more than ample attention from our host. We were given our room keys and settled in. We joined most of the guests in the bar at 6 and headed to dinner at 7. Chicken Cordon Bleu and wonderful side dishes. The breads are all home made and to die for. The meals are fantastic!!! Beef Tenderloin, Pork Tenderloin, Prawns and pasta. Everything was great at every dinner. We got to bed early and prepared for salmon fishing the next morning. We had a full cooked to order breakfast every morning. The bacon and eggs are great and the pancakes even better. Lots of fruits, breads and european options. We made sandwiches for lunch and a cooler was filled with our drink orders for the day. Our guide met us at 8 and we were off to the river. A reasonable drive and the a ranger ride through the woods to the river. Beautiful country!!! The fish were hitting and we caught a lot of king salmon and also a nice sockeye. My 13 year old son caught a 25 pound king! What a thrill. The guide put us right on the fish and helped with selecting the right baits. Great experience. after that he took us to see the Million Dollar Falls. They are fantastic!

Another great meal that night and fish stories in the bar. The next day was Lake Aishihik and big lakers. We caught some lake trout, but the wind was pretty tough, so we headed to some pike bays. In 2 hours we had hit to different bays and caught 30 pike including a 112 & 119 cm. Almost 4 feet!!! Wow, it was awesome. The water so clear, you could watch them follow and hit the big spoons we were casting. The lodge and guide provided the rods, reels and tackle. We had Hardy (yes, another owner) and he is the best guide I have ever worked with. He understood the water, conditions and fishermen. He used the information to consistantly put us on the fish and the right lures to get strikes. They use a cabin on the lake and we camped there overnight. The bone-in ribeyes were as good as I've ever had (and I eat ribeyes a LOT). The cabin was great, with wonderful views and we slept like babies (good, quiet babies). Hardy slept in a tent outside and kept watch for bear or other wildlife.

Up in the morning to more bacon and eggs. I don't know Hardy's secret, but they were better than most. More lakers that day then back to lodge. Almost forgot to mention that Hardy has a closed cabin cruiser for the lake. It was cool and windy but we were dry and warm. When the sun shined we sat on the stern. When it was cold and rainy, we turned on the heater and sat in the cabin with room to spare (4 guests + guide).

We caught a few grayling that night and every evening at a stream just a 100 yards from the lodge.

Our last day we went stream fushiing for grayling just off the lake at the lodge. Jamie, our guide took us to a great spot on a fun ranger and ATV ride. We caught 140 grayling in 3 hours and had a shore lunch that was out of this world!

I know I'm leaving out things, but it was fantastic. Do yourself a favor and book with them for your next fishing trip!!

Room Tip: We were in room 7 and had access to the side door. Made it easy to enter and exit with waders and t...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

My boyfriend and I were on a road trip from Haines, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon and passed by the lodge and was enticed to take a look. Trix, one of the owners greeted us and showed us the last room they had available. Usually they only take reservations in advance as they are a fully functioning fishing lodge with professional guides but we were able to get the last room. Bob, a local of Haines Junction, the chef, was priceless and entertained us until all hours of the morning with his trapping, fishing and other local stories. For an extra cost you can enjoy a 3 course dinner which Bob prepares himself and was probably the best prime rib of the trip. The main lodge is very warm and cozy (provided you don’t mind all the stuffed animals and fish on the wall) and the rooms seem like new and very clean. They do provide soap and shampoo extra but I had to remind myself that it is a fishing lodge as it left my hair with a bit of manly smell! The lodge itself is across the road from Kluane National Park and very close to most of the trails and Kathleen Lake. They also provide ATV tours for those who don’t want to fish for the day.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

My husband and I booked into the Dalton Trail Lodge for two nights to hike in Kluane National Park. The owners and staff were so helpful. Everything possible is done to accomodate needs of guests. Most were there for fishing but the owners helped us choose the right trails. The big surprise was the fabulous gourmet food! Deep fried camembert, rack of lamb, beef tenderloin, an excellent wine list! Fixings for a packed lunch and the cooler to go included and made to order breakfasts available each morning. Our room was comfortable down by the lake. Our stay was at the end of our trip and the highlight.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Dalton Trail Lodge for six nights and booked a fishing package. This included (but was not limited to!) all of our fishing gear, use of motor boats, meals, a cabin by the lake, one day with a guide and transfer to and from Whitehorse. Dalton Trail Lodge is a “must do” for anyone looking for a trip full of awesome fishing, top-notch accommodations, friendly people, and fine food. Everything from the transfer from Whitehorse Airport to our more than comfortable accommodations made for a relaxing, fun, adventurous, and memorable vacation.

Let’s start with the food- it’s excellent. Breakfast and dinner is buffet style, lunches you make yourself during breakfast to eat when you’re out and “aboot”. For breakfast there is a wide variety of drinks including coffee, tea, and juices. To eat you have a selection of fruit, cereals, yogurt, bread, and cheese. The chef will prepare eggs and bacon if you so desire. All of the bread is made in the kitchen and wonderful. For lunch you can make a sandwich or bring along a sausage or some sort of Swiss thing if you plan to have a fire. Dinner was always excellent. Some of our appetizers included stuffed mushrooms, a tasty soup, and artichoke dip; some of our entrees were prime rib, beef tenderloin, and Cornish game hens. There is a salad bar and two always-delicious side dishes. Dessert was always fantastic, too. Not only did the chef, Marcel, know how to prepare an amazing meal, but he was a really nice guy, too.

OK, so that’s just the food. I imagine most people who stay here are more interested in the fishing and outdoor activities. It is just as good as the food! Each morning Trix prepared a cooler for us including a thermos of green tea. You can also take bottled water, beer, whatever you want, just ask. Each evening one of the owners asks what you would like to do the next day. If you’re unsure they will suggest places to go and tell you where the fish are biting and what bait to use- and it is always spot-on!

Our first day at the lodge we awoke to rain, sleet, cold, and clouds. Rather than do a full day on the Dezadeash we ended up relaxing in the morning until the weather cleared a bit and did a half-day guided tour in the afternoon. It was still cold and our guide, Allen, had to put the boat in on a snow-packed boat ramp. We ended up catching eight huge lake trout, one which we took back for dinner (need I say it was delicious?). This was only the first day and it was awesome (maybe I can say that because I caught seven of the eight, my poor husband only claimed one) ☺. We always concluded our days with drinks at the bar or taking a few beers back to our cabin.

On our second day we chose to take a boat out ourselves. The self-guided boats are no-frills but reliable. We caught around five lake trout and enjoyed a much sunnier, warmer day. The following day we did a guided trip to Morane Lake. This was a 45 minute drive followed by a 45 minute ATV ride to a secluded lake in the mountains. Absolutely awesome. I had never driven an ATV before but thanks to Bill’s (our guide’s) guidance I was riding comfortably and confidently through huge mud pits and rocks in no time. We caught several small lake trout on this beautiful lake. We saw two grizzlies on the side of the road on our way back, too- bonus!!

The following day was calm and warm. My husband and I again took a boat out by ourselves on Dezadeash Lake and tried to catch some Northern Pike. After a couple of hours of no luck we switched to trolling for lake trout and couldn’t keep our lines in the water. We caught around 16 trout, some above 85cm (3 ft). Another wonderful day! That night we took a car to try and get a glimpse of more wildlife in the evening and saw three bears and a bald eagle and her baby.

On our last day we took a car and went exploring. We hiked up the short trail to Rock Glacier, then checked out Million Dollar Falls, and finally ended up at Stella Lake- another secluded mountain lake. This one you can do without a guide. We caught around 20 Dolly Vardens (or as we jokingly called them, Dolly Partons). We also spotted a bear and a coyote that day. While we were fishing, a beautiful bald eagle soared above our heads. Majestic pretty much not only describes the day but the Canadian Yukon in general.

We did not want our trip to end. Before coming to the Yukon I thought to myself that, because we would never be coming here again, we might as well go big (spend some money, even though in comparison with other Yukon lodges Dalton Lodge is quite reasonable); however, after our trip to Dalton Trail Lodge I’m more than hopeful that we will return. The scenery is incredibly beautiful, the fishing world-class, and the owners, guides, staff, and even the guests exceptionally friendly and hospitable. While I would absolutely recommend this place, I would almost rather keep it as secret as possible. But, the owners- Trix, Hardy, and Thomas- are so wonderful that they deserve a full-house all summer long.

Thanks for an amazing vacation!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2010

We stayed only one night in july at this lodge. Our cabin, as promised by the owners, was just in front of the lake and the view was great. The room, the double room, was very spacious,cozy, clean and stylish with very big, comfortable beds. The bathroom was fresh and well-equipped. Delicious the dinner.
It's a very friendly place and great service from front desk.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Dalton Trail Lodge
Address: Box 5331 | Haines Junction, Haines Junction, Yukon Y0B 1L0, Canada
Location: Canada > Yukon > Haines Junction
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Ranked #3 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Haines Junction
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Hotel Class:4 star — Dalton Trail Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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