We were staying in Denali for a couple days and I contacted Kirk about fishing. Kirk was great to talk to and I was quickly booked for a 5 hour fishing trip with hotel pickup. My guide, Casey, came to our hotel right on time and he reminded me of my fishing/hunting buddies that I had back home. They were nice enough to let my wife come along for the ride and to take photos while I fished. Kirk was at the cabin when we got there and he was a really nice guy. He seemed very excited to share his beautiful property with us.
The Adventure Denali land is around 200 acres and backs up against Denali National Park- so it is very pristine and beautiful. There are 3 small lakes not far off the road and they hold some amazing rainbow trout and graylings. Around the lakes are several rustic cabins that you can rent and live Alaskan style for a while. Given the time, I would have done that! The cabins are not close together as you'll find at some resorts. Each cabin will have tons of privacy and be near a lake. There are craggy granite mountains all around giving the experience a wild backdrop.
On your way to and from, and while there, keep your eye out for amazing Alaskan wildlife. We saw many caribou and several moose. Our guide drove us around a little after fishing and I got some great wildlife photos.
Needless to say, the fishing was excellent. It was a late spring in 2013, so there was some ice in spots in June but the fish were active. I did very well with fly and spinning tackle, catching a 5lb rainbow and many 3 to 4 pounders. I caught several average sized graylings as well. The lakes are catch-and-release with barbless hooks, so the fishing is only going to get better with time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Denali Park's exclusive fishing lodge and guide service. Stay with us in a "Alaskan Cabin of your Dreams", fish private Chavey Lakes and our wild streams, while enjoying all of the parks activities. Quiet, peaceful full modern, SatTV, Internet, best views in the area and just a 30 minute incredibly beautiful commute to the park entrance,and all activities, bus trips. Open all year. Cabin Rentals to all inclusive fishing and adventure tour packages. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Adventure Denali Cantwell, Alaska