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What do I need to bring to the lodge?

We want you to feel at home at the lodge. Comfortable and durable clothing and gear are highly recommended. We encourage the following items for comfort in the activities we offer. Due to our remote location, there are limited items available for purchase, so coming prepared is the best practice. Laundry is a limited service at the lodges due to remoteness and conservation. The attire inb the main lodge is casual and comfortable—Jeans and comfortable shirts.  Please plan accordingly with the following items:


  • Sturdy, well broken-in comfortable hiking shoes (waterproof recommended)
  • Tennis or camp shoes for the lodge
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Polypropylene or merino base layers and mid-weight layers
  • Mosquito repellent and head net
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, and sun hat (or baseball hat)
  • Lightweight jacket
  • Lightweight waterproof raingear (pants and hooded jacket)
  • Pile and/or down/synthetic layers
  • At least two changes of clothing (lodge clothes)
  • Warm socks (preferably wool)
  • Swimsuit
  • Lightweight gloves and hats
  • Camera, batteries, memory cards
  • Binoculars, notebook, pen
  • Small personal flashlight or headlamp (mid-August and September)
  • Personal items
  • Casual dinner attire is appropriate for the lodge


Optional: Waders, hip boots and personal fishing gear

Are there bugs?

Yes. In Alaska, we have mosquitos and noseeums. Our lodge usually has a breeze, so we don’t have a bad bug problem. We have bug repellent and head nets available for guests.

What do you recommend for gratuity?

Gratuity for staff is not included in the package price. Gratuity is always at the discretion of the guest. A standard recommendation is 10-20% of the lodge package, or $170 - $340 per guest per day. It may be pre-paid at request.

We “pool” the tips and all staff members receive a portion of the pool.  We prefer that you not tip individually but rather contribute to the pool as all employees play a role in making the trip special.  If you really would like to tip an individual, please do not let that amount take away from the  amount you leave for the “pool”.  The Massage Therapist is the only member of the staff that you can tip individually.

How do I get from Anchorage to the lodge?

We fly with an air service partner out of Merrill Field in Anchorage. Prior to your trip, we will send you your flight details and itinerary. The flight from Anchorage to Lake Clark Lodge is included in the package price.

Is alcohol included in the package or do I have to bring my own?

Complimentary beer and wine is provided at Lake Clark Lodge. If you would like to bring specialty alcohol, beer or wine, we ask you to BYO (bring your own). We can also arrange to have specialty alcohol delivered to the lodge before your arrival.

What is the cancellation policy?

There is a 10-day grace period after booking, where deposits will be refunded in full minus $100 admin fee. Due to our limited space in a season, after you book with us we may have to turn other business away. Because of this we are not able to refund any deposits after the 10-day grace period. Thank you for your understanding. We highly recommend all guests purchase travel insurance. Due to our remoteness and short-season, we cannot offer refunds for changes or cancellations due to weather.

How do I get to the Air Service for our flight to the lodge?

Oftentimes, your hotel will be able to shuttle you to Merrill Field at your request. If not, there are many Ubers, Lyfts, and Taxis available for hire in Anchorage.

If I have extra time in Anchorage before my flight, where can I store my luggage?

For guests that have additional layover time in Anchorage and want to explore Anchorage before their afternoon flight departs to our lodge, there are a couple of options. Ted Stevens International airport has luggage storage in the South Terminal. You can read more about it here. There’s also a place they can store luggage at the Alaska Aviation Museum.

Should I bring bear spray?

No. The Lake Clark Lodge guides, pilots and staff will have appropriate bear protection for your adventures.

What are the bed arrangements in each room?

At Lake Clark Lodge, 7 out of 8 rooms are equipped with 2 queen beds. We have one suite that has a single queen bed.

Where do I purchase travel insurance?

We encourage our guests to shop around for a travel insurance plan that is best for them. With that said, we do recommend IMG’s Signature Travel Plan. You can get a quote and purchase here.

Do I need to sign-up for activities beforehand?

No. There is no sign-up process for activities/adventures. Your daily adventures (including fly outs) will be customized for you once you get to the lodge and included in the package price. We don't make itineraries, we see what the weather is up to and make the best of each day. There are some enhancement options, such as massage which can be added to a reservation at any time.

Do I need to bring my own fishing gear?

No. All fishing gear is provided (waders, boots, rods, reels, etc). We have a detailed packing list of what you need to bring with you to the lodge HERE

Is there a weight limit for luggage on the flight to the lodge?

Yes. We ask our guests to keep their luggage under 50lbs. If you find yourself with more than 50lbs of clothes for your stay, you’ve packed too much. See our packing list HERE

What is the weather like?

The weather in Lake Clark National Park can be quite dynamic. Around summer solstice, the sun sets approximately at 11:30 PM and rises again around 4:30 AM, providing just over 5 hours of daylight. The brevity in daylight hours contributes to swift seasonal changes, influencing the weather accordingly. In general the temperature ranges from the mid 40's to the upper 60's through our 4 month season. To ensure you are well-prepared for a variety of weather conditions that may arise, we recommend consulting our Trip Checklist.

When can we see the Northern Lights?

As the days get shorter from mid-August through September you might get a chance to see the northern lights, but because the phenomenon is unpredictable there’s never a guarantee.

Can we fly on any day we want?

While flying will always depend on many variables including weather, winds, and visibility, we endeavor to maximize your days no matter the conditions. Our pilots are studying the skies from the moment they wake up but we will not fly if it's not safe.

Do we have to pay for extra activities?

No. Your  fly-out adventures are guided and included with your package. All local activities are also guided and included with your package.

Will the adventures be private for my group?

We will do our best to give you options for private ground based hikes, fishing excursions, and tours. However, flying based activities are not guaranteed to be exclusive to one group. For guests wanting or requiring the certainty of private experiences, we recommend that you buy out the entire lodge with family and friends.

When can I make a reservation for Summer 2025?

Yes. We are currently accepting reservations for 2025 by phone and through our online booking system.  We recommend booking as soon as possible to guarantee availability.

Do you have internet access?

Yes we have starlink Wifi.