Winterlake Lodge

Alaska, USA


With the Iditarod Trail running through this stunning property on the edge of an ancient valley, this is a hiker’s remote paradise. At the entrance to the Alaska Range this is the ideal basecamp for an authentic backcountry experience. From the arrival by floatplane, enjoy the panoramic views of Mt. Denali and Mt. Susitna and blooms of wildflowers which are only enhanced on landing.

Key Features

  • Six wooded cabins that can sleep between 4-6 guests
  • Fully catered
  • Activities include guided hiking, fly-fishing, skiing, dog sledding, daily yoga, wine tastings, guitar singalongs, ping-pong
  • Arrive by floatplane
  • Kayaks, canoes and paddleboards available for guest use
  • Firepits
  • Bathhouse including a saltwater pool, steam room, sauna, and hot tub
  • Helicopter transfers to secret secluded spots


The beautiful timber triangle, that houses the main lodge, is welcoming amongst the wilderness, with a wraparound veranda to maximise your time spent outdoors. Indulge in your personal wooden cabin, roomy and comforting views over the river and rugged peaks in the distance.


The owners shifted from the historical purpose of hunting and turned it into a sustainable adventure lodge. Therefore, guests are encouraged to engage in conversations about the local ecology, natural resources, and the preservation of the area's historical significance. The lodge implements water and fuel-saving techniques, along with recycling and gardening practices. Currently, efforts are underway to rehabilitate a local sockeye salmon spawning stream that had been dammed by beavers. By providing a habitat for various wildlife, including bears, moose, beavers, wolves, loons, swans, and river otters, the lodge has successfully attracted these species back to the area, where they are thriving. Additionally, the lodge supports local communities and Alaskan heritage by serving as the Finger Lake checkpoint in the annual Iditarod dogsled race.

Why we love it

The lodge is home to approximately 20 sled dogs, and guests in winter are invited to attend the lodge’s reputable dog-mushing school. Learn to drive your own team of huskies on the snows of the historic Iditarod Trail and participate in a timeless Alaskan tradition.

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