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Crystal Creek Lodge Adventure (6 days)

Entrée Alaska

Anchorage, AK, United States To Anchorage, AK, United States

Valid for Departures Now Through: 30 Sep 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
King Salmon, AK United States
Anchorage, AK United States
Crystal Creek Lodge Dinner

Today, you will fly from Anchorage International Airport to King Salmon Airport. Upon your afternoon arrival, you will be transferred to Crystal Creek Lodge. Accommodations are in a Lodge Room.

Day 2
King Salmon, AK United States
Crystal Creek Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your first day at the lodge will start off with a Katmai Coast Bear Viewing Tour. In the month of June, the bears of the Alaska Peninsula bide their time as they await the influx of Bristol Bay salmon by feeding on the shores of the Shelikof Strait. They feed by grazing on fresh grass shoots, digging for clams, and combing the beach for carrion.

Day 3
King Salmon, AK United States
Crystal Creek Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake up to another great day filled with activities. Enjoy a tour of the Becharof National Wildlife. The Becharof Lake on the Alaska Peninsula is the second largest lake in the state. Due to its span of almost the entire width of the peninsula, it has been a transition course between the ancient people of Bristol Bay and Kodiak Island for thousands of years. Its convenience as a trade route carried over into modern times as it was the supply method between trading posts when the region was Russian America. The Alaska Peninsula Mountains are composed of ancient sedimentary rock and have oil seeps. Numerous oil booms rose and fell in the area during the early and mid-twentieth century. Indication of all these transitions is subtly available to those who seek them. Another feature of the lake is a dormant volcano that last erupted in 1978, including cinder cones and bubbling carbon dioxide vents. Becharof Lake, as all lakes in the Bristol Bay area, was created by a glacier. Evidence of the glacier is obvious and interesting to interpret by air.

Day 4
King Salmon, AK United States
Crystal Creek Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take a nice walk along the shoreline of Bristol Bay, a great place to enjoy beachcombing. What are we looking for? Shells, driftwood, rocks, bones of giant sea mammals, and other interesting things that wash up on shore. A real treasure to find is the round, hand-blown glass floats used by Japanese fishing vessels 30-75 years ago. After flying across the Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge and along the Pacific Coast, the Aniakchak volcano is the ultimate goal by wheeled plane. In a state known for isolated areas, this region is one of the most rugged, remote, and beautiful.

Day 5
King Salmon, AK United States
Crystal Creek Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On your final day at the lodge, you will be taken to Togiak Village on Bristol Bay for a tour of the village and the Yup’ik culture.The residents are almost exclusively of Yup’ik Eskimo descent. Most residents are fluent in the Yup’ik language and some of the village elders speak little English. The Yup’ik culture and way of life is alive and vibrant here. Guests participating in past tours have experienced everything from basket weaving demonstrations, skin sewing demonstrations, ivory carving demonstrations, Yup’ik traditional dance demonstrations, story telling by the elders, Native food samplings, traditional steam baths, traditional potlatch feasts, to watching the residents process salmon and other wild foods. The flight to Togiak is one hour each direction and includes an interpretive tour of the spectacularly beautiful maritime shores of the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge. Numerous informational tools are available for this fascinating slice of Alaska.

Day 6
Anchorage, AK United States
King Salmon, AK United States
None Breakfast

This morning you will be transferred to the King Salmon Airport for your outbound flight to Anchorage.

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Description

This 4-day / 5-night trip is a flightseeing adventure featuring a full stay at world-class Crystal Creek Lodge. This Bristol Bay area fishing and adventure lodge, located 5-miles east of King Salmon, is an award-winning Orvis endorsed lodge, consistently demonstrating its exceptional fishing, facilities, and commitment to excellence in service. This unforgettable journey will have you up close and personal with the local residents—both wildlife and human. Learn about the topography of this diverse region, the history and various cultures of its people, beachcomb, and explore dramatic landscapes as you soar over the “land of dreams”.

About Us

At Entrée Alaska, we create custom excursions from the Inside Passage to the Arctic Circle. Drawing on our many years of experience and insider knowledge, we create memorable custom travel in Alaska, including private Alaska tours. We select the best Alaskan lodges and resorts, and have countless suggestions for things to do in Alaska off the beaten path. We pride ourselves on our uncompromising attention to detail—which translates into unforgettable travel experiences for our valued clientele.

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