Luxury Along the Iditarod Trail

Winterlake Lodge is a small, intimate retreat located right on the historic Iditarod trail. As it is surrounded by glaciers and mountain peaks, this lodge is accessible only by floatplane. The secluded location of Winterlake Lodge offers spectacular scenery, a variety of activities, delicious Alaskan Cuisine, and warm hospitality to those who stay.

Summer months allow for fly-fishing, glacier hikes, and bear viewing. Winterlake Lodge in winter opens up a whole new array of activities including snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, heli-skiing, and dog sled tours.  No matter when you visit the Lodge, a vast array of Alaskan adventures will be waiting.

Dates of Operation: June 1 – Sept 30
Lodge Size: 20 guests
WiFi: Available in Main Lodge only
Phone Service: Not available
Wellness Program
Families Welcome

Main Lodge

The main lodge featured at the center of the property, offering a comfortable main room with relaxation by the fireplace and prime viewing of the lake from large, picturesque windows. There is also a cozy dining area and large kitchen for the preparation of the lodge’s signature gourmet cuisine.

Winterlake Lodge also houses a large wellness room, located separately from the main lodge, where wellness instructors offer daily yoga, meditation, and stretching classes. Other relaxation amenities include a hot tub on the main deck and a wood-burning sauna on site.

Guest Cabins

There are 6 guest cabins on the property, each with different bed/bedroom configurations. Most have a private bath.

Lodge Accessibility

You can only reach the lodge by float plane from Anchorage or Talkeetna. Flight time to the lodge from either destination is approximately 1 hour.

Lodge Cuisine

Lodge owner and renowned Alaskan chef, Kirsten Dixon, is a passionate culinary student, educator, and an avid gardener. Kirsten often spends time at Winterlake Lodge, the namesake of one of her award-winning cookbooks, and welcomes the opportunity to share her culinary passions with you. When she’s not personally at the lodge, one of her experienced chefs will spoil you with delicious cuisine.

In keeping with tradition, Alaska lodge cuisine is featured at Winterlake Lodge. Gourmet meals are prepared from natural and local Alaskan ingredients, often from the lodge’s own gardens, and paired with complementary wines. Special dishes may be made on request and the chefs are flexible with dietary restrictions.

If you wish to pick up a few new culinary skills of your own, the chefs offer daily cooking sessions. The evening wine tasting and cheese pairing course provides the opportunity for you to mingle with other lodge guests at the end of each exciting day.

Lodge Activities

Local guides will tailor activities specific to your abilities and interests. Daily activities may include narrated walks, various hiking options, kayaking, and canoeing.

In addition, the lodge hosts a Robinson R-44 helicopter throughout the summer season to provide access to more remote destinations. Options for your included helicopter excursion include glacier trekking, freshwater heli-fishing, heli-hiking, or a rafting excursion.

Or, perhaps you simply desire relaxation and to enjoy your beautiful surroundings. Winterlake Lodge offers guests the opportunity to participate in yoga and stretch classes, therapeutic massage, and the soothing hot tub or sauna amenities to soothe your tired muscles.

Suggested Route


Arrive Anchorage

Upon arrival at the Anchorage International Airport, receive a personal greeting followed by private transfer to your hotel.
Overnight Anchorage

Anchorage to Winterlake Lodge

Breakfast is included at the hotel prior to your private transfer to the Lake Hood float plane base. Enjoy a scenic 1-hour flight by float plane to Winterlake Lodge where you will be greeted by staff and receive a brief orientation. Spend the rest of the day experiencing the lodge activities and amenities.
Overnight Winterlake Lodge

Winterlake Lodge

All meals and guided activities are included today, or you may choose to simply relax and take in your beautiful surroundings.
Overnight Winterlake Lodge

Winterlake Lodge to Anchorage

Return to Anchorage via float plane in the morning. Your private driver/guide will meet you upon arrival to embark on an Anchorage sightseeing tour, including a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Your tour will end at your hotel where you will spend the evening.
Overnight Anchorage

Depart Anchorage

Breakfast is included at your hotel this morning before transferring to the Anchorage International Airport by private vehicle in time to check in for your departure flight.
Extend your Alaska visit with another touring program.
The Map for a Stay at Winterlake Lodge
Homer, Alaska view of mountains with fireweed
Close up view of sea otter floating on its back while eating

Make It Your Own

  • Extend your visit with additional nights at Winterlake Lodge.
  • Experience the best of both worlds by combining this package with a stay at Tutka Bay Lodge.
  • Choose to access Winterlake Lodge from Talkeetna.
  • Connect the lodge stay with another Alaska touring program.
  • Buyout the entire property for an exclusive stay for your family and friends.

You can learn more about these suggestions and other ways to customize this itinerary by requesting a custom tour proposal.

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