Discover the secluded haven of our partner lodge, a sanctuary accessible exclusively by bush plane or helicopter.
Nestled amid the picturesque foothills of the Talkeetna Mountains, this lodge graces the shores of a tranquil lake, a hidden gem just southeast of Denali National Park. Its location straddles the boundary between boreal forest and alpine tundra, providing a breathtaking vantage point right at the tree line.
Situated on an expanse that stands as the sole privately-owned parcel of land for miles around, our partner lodge offers an unparalleled sense of serenity and exclusivity.
The three cabins and kitchen, crafted over 70 years ago, were among the pioneering structures on this land. Jack Lee, the visionary founder, alongside his partner, guided hunters here for over two decades. Following a period of hibernation in the harsh Alaskan winters, the property found new life when a Montana family acquired it in 1992, embarking on a journey of restoration.
Today’s incarnation as an eco-tourism gem has been a culmination of over 30 years of dedication and labor from two distinct families.
Our hosts proudly uphold the timeless traditions of a classic wilderness retreat, fostering an experience that beckons travelers from all corners of the globe.
The bears inhabiting this area, encompassing both grizzlies and black bears, exhibit captivating personalities. Whether they’re ambling about the premises, intrigued by the enigmatic sounds that reach them, taking leisurely swims in the lake, or indulging in a feast of berries, their presence is a delightful spectacle. Despite their occasional visits, or perhaps due to their rarity in encountering humans, they often display a bashful or startled demeanor upon encountering people.
The nomadic wolves, on the other hand, maintain an elusive nature. Rarely glimpsed, they harbor no inclination to proximity with humans. Their focus is mainly on the hunt or their nomadic journeys, leaving little room for impromptu photoshoots. These enigmatic creatures endure and thrive in the harsh year-round climate of this region, embodying true resilience.
Other captivating species of wildlife spotted around the lodge include coyotes, foxes, wolverines, ermines, otters, beavers, eagles, owls, ptarmigans, ducks, loons, geese, Sandhill cranes, swans and much more !
During your stay, you will not only experience the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness in a way that few have before, but you will also be mentored by one of two experienced professional photographers.
Dan has spent years exploring Alaska and capturing the majesty of grizzly bears in Hallo Bay and throughout Kodiak Island. His passion for the region and his long-standing wildlife photography experience will allow you to capture some unique and memorable shots.
Jessica’s stunning photography has been published worldwide and showcases her exceptional travel photojournalism and film skills, which she will teach you.
Our lodge prides itself on 1st class cooking and baking. From breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desserts, you may eat more than you intended to.
Before your arrival at Caribou Lodge we want to be sure of any food allergies. Due to our remote location we have to customize meal plans for allergies many weeks in advance, so please let us know upon booking your reservation.
Meals are served in the main day-lodge family style around a large table. Every morning the lodge opens at 8:00 AM and guests can take advantage of the coffee and cookie bar all day. Breakfast is at 9:00 AM. After breakfast we plan the days activities and pack a lunch. Dinner is served at 6:30 PM
Nestled within the tranquil ambiance, your cabin offers a snug and unpretentious retreat, thoughtfully furnished with a king-size bed (or the option of two twin beds), a selection of furnishings, and a propane heater. Each cabin boasts a petite deck at its entrance, framing a picturesque vista of the serene lake and the distant majesty of the mountains.
Within a convenient proximity to your cabin, a centrally positioned shower house stands accessible to all guests. Additionally, two meticulously maintained off-grid outhouses, harkening back to a classic charm, are but a brief stroll away from your cabin.
*Please note* Our guest cabins do not have plumbing or electricity, immersing you in an authentic back-to-nature experience.
You don’t need to be an athlete, but a lot of walking will be involved, so a good fitness level is a plus.
You can decide how often or how long you want to walk as the trip is tailored to your needs and preferences. However, to fully experience this magical adventure, we recommend that you be able to hike with a daypack and cameras for up to 8 miles.
You can also do overnight hiking trips if you wish, and available by request.
If you want less walking or hiking, then our other Wilderness Workshop might be best for you.
This is our only location which has “some” limited mobile phone access, it will really depend on your network.
There is WiFi available but speeds are limited, however mobile calling should work fine if your phone supports it.
YES ! Absolutely. If for any reason we are unable to run the tour due to adverse weather then you will need to make a claim on your travel insurance.
We recommend using AIG Insurance Travel Guard. Check your policy has trip cancellation insurance covered. Travel Insurance is a good idea anyway in case of injury or additional costs which can occur from basic travel. We also suggest travelguard.com for good insurance too.
Ensure all travel insurance covers cancellation.
The allure of tent camping rests in its pure simplicity. Observing our guests power down their cell phones, rediscover their bond with nature, and embark on a wilderness journey with us for tranquility is truly gratifying. If this resonates with your idea of a splendid time, then the captivating Alaskan wilderness stands as the ultimate destination.
Allow us to manage all the intricate details and supply the equipment, leaving you to relish the experience to the fullest.
Venturing into the rolling alpine tundra beyond the tree line unveils an unparalleled encounter. This is a realm where boundless vistas unfold and blueberries often grace the ground beneath your feet. Guided by our seasoned naturalist experts, and fully equipped with provisions and gear, we take immense joy in leading you into the heart of the Talkeetna mountain foothills for however many days you desire within the embrace of the Alaskan wilderness.
However, the venture of loading a frame pack for a journey into the backcountry is not a pursuit for everyone. Our policy requires all guests to shoulder their own backpack, which typically ranges from 25 to 40 lbs, and navigate through open tundra devoid of established trails.
Every cabin features a charming little deck at its entrance, offering a splendid frame for gazing upon the tranquil lake and the majestic mountains in the distance.
In close proximity to your cabin, a centrally located shower house provides convenient access for all guests, the shower house is shared with everyone staying.
Furthermore, two carefully tended off-grid outhouses, evoking a timeless charm, are just a short walk away from your cabin.
So here is a “shot list” of birds you can expect to see in the area.
Greater White-fronted Goose, Snow Goose, Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Greater Scaup, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Long tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red Breasted Merganser, Spruce Grouse, Willow Ptarmigan, Red-throated Loon, Common Loon, Yellow-billed Loon, Pacific Loon, Horned Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe…
..and much more.
Although we offer this trip and its not on Kodiak, you do get several advantages. Firstly easy access only a 15 min fly in gets you to the lodge.
Then the view, being on the boarder of Denali National Park enables you to capture epic scenery and a view of Denali itself. Maybe you can join the 30% club during your stay.
Also the Talkeetna Air Taxi service is close to Anchorage, and easily accessible by car.
Local Flight Information
No need to over pack. You will be traveling in small float planes so it is necessary to limit each person to 75 pounds of gear. Loads will be weighed at the seaplane base in Talkeetna. To comply with FAA regulations and for your own safety, charter services will not overload their airplanes.
If you are having trouble coming in under 75 pounds of baggage, consider leaving a bag in Anchorage at the airport storage facility in the baggage claim area. You can leave your formal travel clothes, street shoes and other items that will not be of use to you in the field. Soft luggage or duffel bags are preferred (such as Think Tank Photo Retrospective Duffel) as they are more easily stored in small or awkward baggage spaces.
If your necessary baggage simply will not allow you to make the above mentioned weight limit, we can arrange special charter flights to accommodate you, at your own expense.
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