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Crystal Creek Lodge, AK

Operated by same owner/manager since 1988, associated with Orvis since 1991 and twice awarded Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Lodge of the Year, Crystal Creek Lodge offers guests a unique combination of field and stream diversity, the highest guide, staff and aircraft to guest ratios available in Alaska and inspired lodging and hospitality. The surrounding Bristol Bay Region and Alaska Peninsula inarguably offer the most diverse and productive freshwater fishing opportunities on earth. Compare offerings and decide for yourself if Crystal Creek Lodge offers the most comprehensive guided fishing and lodging package available in Alaska, if not anywhere.
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92 of 92(100%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
Review 1 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
5 / 5
It doesn't get any better,
January 12, 2014
By: Scotchdouble
from Orange, MA, USA
"CCL offers the absolute best sporting/fishing opportunity in Alaska. Killer guides, amazing water within sight of the lodge, fly-out fishing to untouched wilderness streams... you can literally design your own Alaskan epic, and you can't help but be spoiled by the place. Dan Michels and his staff make you feel like a part of the family, and they communicate an air of competence, professionalism, and kindness. there is no swagger; it is all about the guests. Multi-species salmon, rainbows as long as your leg, char and dolly's so dense in the streams you could walk across their backs. CCL is a revelation."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Daughter Ruined,
December 3, 2013
By: AlaskaDeuce
from King Salmon Alaska
"We first started going to Crystal Creek Lodge when my daughter, who is now 21, was 9. The experience has probably ruined her forever.
Imagine hooking into a 30 inch rainbow at that age having only the very occasional but unobtrusive assistance of an ever vigilant guide to assist.
Imagine having the complexities of "catch and release" explained.
Imagine trying to find a replica rainbow trout on Ebay at a reasonable price to commemorate the event.
Imagine hanging the rainbow replica in all of its glory, in a girly girl, festooned in pink and white curtained, bedroom.
Now, imagine you are the poor young man hoping to impress this beautiful young lady who has already landed a 30" rainbow and still has it hanging on her wall. A tough act...a very tough act!
There is no better place to create and experience such memories."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Top Notch Alaska Experience,
October 23, 2013
By: austenc
from Bozeman, MT
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Additional Thoughts:Different guide every day -- all were excellent!
"Visiting Crystal Creek Lodge was an incredible experience in every regard! One could call it the quintessential Alaskan experience. The fishing could be described as "on fire" -- I even caught a fish on my first cast of the trip! The food and lodge environment were extraordinary and I cannot stress enough how top-notch everything was! The guides were both knowledgeable and fun to be around -- I'm looking forward to my next trip of a lifetime to Crystal Creek!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Amazing fishing, staff and food!,
October 18, 2013
By: fishingg
"I have visited Crystal Creek Lodge three years in a row and cannot wait to go back. The float plane fly outs from the dock at the lodge are great, fishing is wonderful, and wildlife abundant. The staff are friendly and very accommodating. And the food is great! You will want to return year after year!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
It's Groundhogs Day...Another Great Year,
October 16, 2013
By: CentralOregon
from Sisters, OR 97759, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Top rated staff. Improved my skills
"Have been fishing at Crystal Creek for 8 years. The staff and the experience continue to exceed expectations. World class fishing coupled with great equipment and a staff dedicated to a providing you with the "trip of a lifetime" year end and year out....can't be beat."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
awesome,
October 16, 2013
By: johnrobbins
from Concord, NC, USA
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"awesome in every regard. atmosphere, luxury, fab fishing, friendly friendly friendly."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Outstanding,
September 28, 2013
By: RainbowFun
from Warsaw, IN, USA
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Additional Thoughts:All guides were excellent
"This is a fantastic lodge. Very friendly and caring staff and guides. 1st class accommodations. The Beaver planes are maintained to perfection and the pilots are great - no worries at all. Equipment is 1st class. Dinners were a little to fancy for me."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
life time experiences,
September 27, 2013
By: Kiya
from Baldwin, ND 58521, USA
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Additional Thoughts:all were great
"I was able to have a lifetime experience fly fishing for salmon, hunting ptarmigan and hunting ducks. Part of each of these experiences provided a first ever. It was all made possible by the knowledge and experience of the lodge and guides and the excellent equipment they had available. From the guns, fishing equipment, boats and the planes, everything was first class. The weather was excellent, every aspect of the experience was memorable."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Alaska at it's best,
September 27, 2013
By: JAT1
from Carmel, IN, USA
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Additional Thoughts:All the guides were great
"Crystal Creek and it's staff provided an exceptional fishing and hunting experience that simply couldn't have been better. In addition to spectacular venues and a fabulous lodge, the staff members all are extremely customer-focused and friendly."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
very nice,
September 27, 2013
By: reinhardt
from Portland, OR, USA
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"Excellent in all ways. My only comment is that the food was very rich and heavy. Hard for me to digest. Not light fare! Lots of heavy creams, fatty meat, etc. I suggest an effort at a more healthy fare, and addition of fresh roasted granola in morning and good starbucks quality coffee (coffee was weak). Otherwise a total "10"."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Another Great Trip,
September 13, 2013
By: Mikey2
from The Woodlands, TX, USA
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"This is our third great year at Crystal Creek. This fishing was great with our largest trout this year being 29 inches, with lots of fish in the 25 to 28 inch range. The highlight of the trip as always is the great staff, guides and food at the lodge. If you want the a truly first class trip you will not be disappointed with a trip to Crystal Creek.
Look forward to returning next year."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great experience,
September 9, 2013
By: Baxib
from King Salmon, AK, USA
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"I was very impressed with every aspect off this organization, team work, professionalism, was outstanding. Everyone at Crystal Creek was helpful and catered to each individual's needs.I will be returning in 2014. I would recommend this team to anyone who is interested in fly fishing in Alaska."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Another Amazing Trip,
September 5, 2013
By: ChrisO1
from Missouri City, TX
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"Everything about Crystal Creek Lodge is first class. The lodge, personnel, food and guides are all five star. We have enjoyed fishing here for the last two years. It is impossible to keep up with all the fish that you will catch. The staff all know your name and greet you when you arrive and leave. Guides know how to put you on fish and are all knowledgable and patient. Meals are creative and tasty. The lodge is well kept and beautiful. Fishing in Alaska and staying at Crystal Creek Lodge will spoil you for fishing anywhere else."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Just The Best of Everything,
September 4, 2013
By: Littlebear
from Arizona
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Additional Thoughts:All our guides were excellent
"A totally exceptional experience -- we have been to many lodges but none compare -- the hospitality and accommodations and food are so good we hated to leave - the fish are big and beautiful and lots of fun and we don't even eat fish -- just kiss them and return them to go on with their lives -- the owner and staff made usfeel so welcome and no request was too much - all accomplished with good cheer and a super can-do attitude -- If you only have one chance to fish in Alaska this is the place -- Just Do It ---"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great 2 weeks!!,
September 4, 2013
By: CagedCat
from King Salmon, AK, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Outstanding guide
"Outstanding Lodge where I spent my 23rd and 24th weeks. The quality of staff and fishing is off the charts."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The best!!!,
September 4, 2013
By: worsham
from Dallas, TX, USA
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"An amazing combination of hospitality and fishing. The Lodge and its staff are first class in every respect."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Most Fish of Year - Every Year,
September 4, 2013
By: Noble
from The Woodlands, TX
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Additional Thoughts:ALL OF THE GUIDES ARE OVER THE TOP
"I just completed my thrid trip to Crystal Creek lodge. Every year I think it CANNOT GET ANY BETTER - But the next seems even better than before. I have visited many lodges over the past six years, but there are none that are in the league with CC. This is the most professional ran lodge I have ever seem. The fishing is over the top. No place else will you catch the fish you see in Alaska. But what makes this trip so special is "THE TEAM" AT CRYSTAL CREEK. This is truly a team of professionals dicated to making sure your experince is more than expected. My thanks to ALL OF THE TEAM. You are THE BEST. Having spent 35 years in management, my hats off to Dan for the team he has built."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 18 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
5 / 5
The Alaskan Experience Flawlessly Delivered,
September 3, 2013
By: winojoe
from The Texas Gulf Coast
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"There isn't enough space to say all the great things about CCL. Ultimately, it is the staff working as a team on every detail every single day. They are so friendly and generous with their smiles,genuine concern, and focus that your day is going well. The accommodations are world class. The delicious meals are expertly and creatively prepared. The lodge, planes, and boats are meticulously maintained. The Alaskan Experience delivered flawlessly!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
Best Alaskan Lodge,
September 1, 2013
By: Jblbbbsb4
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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Best of the Best,
August 31, 2013
By: Bob333
from Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA
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"This was my fifth trip to Alaska.
This trip we went to three different lodges. Last year we went to two!
Crystal Creek was the best!!!
If we return to Alaska next year(and I think we will) we will be staying at the Crystal Creek Lodge!!!
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes