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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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189 of 189(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
Superlative In Everything,
August 20, 2015
By: janderson1941
from Austin, TX, USA
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5 / 5
"As a child I grew up hearing Johnny Horton's song "North To Alaska" and watching the legendary western "The Far Country" with Jimmy Stewart. Needless to say I wanted to go to Alaska but had not idea what to expect. My expectations were a bit romanticised by culture and myth. To "cut to the chase," Crysal Creek Lodge delivers on all fronts. From robust patient guides, to five star quality cuisine and accomodations, they provided our group of 14 the trip of a lifetime. If you are reading this review, STOP and book your trip! They are by far the best in the business!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
5 / 5
EMiner/CrystalCreek,
August 19, 2015
By: EdMiner
from Los Altos, CA
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"Every bit of our week there was as good as it could be"
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
Best Lodge, Best People, Best Fishing,
August 19, 2015
By: Brandono16
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"After a 2 year hiatus, I returned back to Crystal Creek Lodge in late July. It felt like I was coming home. The staff is the best in the industry. They are so accommodating and friendly. The guides are first rate and the fishing is off the charts. I'm looking forward to my return next year. Keep up the great work, CCL Staff! You rock!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
5 / 5
FISHING AT ITS BEST,
August 17, 2015
By: BILLYDUP
from MA
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"STAFF IS THE BEST. FRIENDLY,FUN,THEY GET IT, THEY KNOW THEIR FISHING,FOOD IS FIVE STAR CUSTOMER SERVICE COMES NATURALLY, THE OWNER MINGLES WITH GUEST AND IS AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT ALASKA AND FISHING.THE FACILITIES ARE FIVE STAR.
I WILL GO BACK.
"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Experience of a lifetime,
August 17, 2015
By: NiniKSF
from San Francisco, CA
"This was my first time at Crystal Creek Lodge and in Alaska. I went with friends who had been to the lodge year after year and described it as a "life changing experience." I can honestly say that everything about Crystal Creek - the lodge, the staff, the guides, the scenery, and of course the fishing - was well beyond anything I expected. Truly first class. Thank you Dan, Heather, Alex and everyone for a tremendous week. I can't wait to return!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
5 / 5
My favorite week of the year,
August 17, 2015
By: GaryWineMaker
from Saint Helena, CA 94574, USA
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"Once again, my time at Crystal Creek Lodge was my favorite week of the year. Not only was the fishing great, but even more important, the hospitality, service, accommodations, and food were all fantastic. I feel so comfortable there, I wish I could spend even more time at the lodge. I look forward to next year as I always do; wondering how it can be much better (but it will, no doubt!)"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Best People,
August 11, 2015
By: Rick0123
from Medellín, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
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"I was there last week it was my second time at the lodge the fishing was super and the people their made us feel like were part of the family,thanks to Dan Alex Heather ans the rest of the team."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Best Birthday Ever,
August 6, 2015
By: Steve65
from Indianapolis, IN, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Had the best fishing day of my life with Duane. He was as excited about the fish we were catching as we were.
"I was blessed to spend my 65 birthday at Crystal Creek. My only complaint is that Crystal Creek's hospitality, professionalism and of course the fishing will spoil you for any other place in not only Alaska but anywhere else I can think of. The staff all seem to love what they do, who they work with and most of all their guests. Our group of 10 met other guests from around the country who quickly became our friends. Thanks to all for an unbelievable experience. Would love to see you all again."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
5 / 5
The Spot,
August 4, 2015
By: Jwhite
from Jackson, TN, USA
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"The Crystal Creek lodge is a fantastic experience. The Fishing and guides are world class. It is Alaska at its finest. The food is tremendous and so are the rooms. This is the trip of a life time."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Alaska at its BEST!!!!,
July 31, 2015
By: MulvaneyNJ
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Additional Thoughts:Guides took a genuine interest in ensuring we were well informed and enjoying our trip.
"Dan, Alex and Heather and their incredible staff made our trip. Accommodations were great, food was outstanding and attentiveness of the staff and guides was exceptional. Quite honestly, everything exceeded our expectations so much that we will make a return trip to the lodge."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Once in a lifetime experience had 3 times,
July 29, 2015
By: MorganDIV77
from Macedonia, OH, USA
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"I have been fortunate to have experienced CCL now three years in a row, each of those trips I have walked away feeling as though I have left family behind. To remark on the hospitality and professionalism that Dan, Heather and Alex display would be expected; it is the entire staff that makes you long to come back each year. If you want an experienced lodge complete with a staff who puts you into every species of fish available at the time of year you intend fish Alaska, only to return to first class accommodations and culinary experiences you need look no further than Crystal Creek Lodge."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Fabulous,
July 29, 2015
By: KathyWB
from Scarsdale, NY, USA
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"Crystal Creek was fabulous. Every person at the lodge was friendly, cheerful and helpful. The guides were cheerful and optimistic, despite the rain. The food was wonderful, and the lovely chef easily accommodated my dietary needs. The rooms were beautiful. The guest were friendly."
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
Best lodge and staff in AK!,
July 27, 2015
By: JDLOH
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5 / 5
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"The entire team at Crystal Creek is amazing and gets better every year!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
5 / 5
The nicest people at the nicest place,
July 21, 2015
By: jhillFlyfishing
from Oak Park, IL, USA
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Additional Thoughts:A winderful and knowledgeable and enthusiastic person.
"My son (18) and I went to Crystal Creek at the end of a 10 day Alaska stay (my fifth trip to Ak., his first). I have stayed in many many lodgers over the years (I am 62), and this is one of the finest spots I have ever been to ... great, warm, wonderful people, great guides, incredible food,and fantastic accommodations!!! This is a "Five Star" spot with great charm!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
5 / 5
The Very BEST,
July 21, 2015
By: peggy414
from Milwaukee, WI, USA
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"My husband and I traveled to Alaska with our daughter's family, including four children ranging in age from 10-17. We spent three nights at the absolutely fabulous Crystal Creek Lodge. Here's the key: They found a way to do whatever we wanted! While we did not go primarily to fish, we did enjoy one afternoon of fishing. We also were flown to the Brooks River to see the bears and on an excursion another day to view walruses and beachcomb for glass balls previously used in fishing and now hidden among the tall grasses. The excursions were excellent, the guides top notch, the lodge beautiful and the hospitality and food excellent. We highly recommend Crystal Creek Lodge! We met a couple who were there primarily to fish and have traveled often to Alaska. They testified, bar none, Crystal Creek is the BEST lodge in Alaska."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
People People People,
July 20, 2015
By: BigBows1
from Portland, OR, USA
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"The people at Crystal Creek Lodge separate this lodge from any other that you will experience. I've been fortunate to fish a number of lodges over the years and expect that CCL will be my only choice in the future. Dan, Alex, and Heather have created an atmosphere that is rarely duplicated. They treat you like family, give you the best opportunity to catch world class fish, and the lodge is superb! If you are looking for an experience of a lifetime Hook-Up with CCL!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Fishing Extravaganza,
July 19, 2015
By: RD2TEE
from Centerville, OH, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Great people
"This is a great experience accentuated by a great staff and accommodations. Every detail is addressed so that guests feel at home. Meals are exceptional. The guides are quite knowledgable and are very good instructors
as well. The administrative staff are very personable and approachable. The pilots are first rate.
Without any reservations, this is an experience anyone would truly enjoy and remember.
"
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
Always best ever experience,
July 16, 2015
By: Fly4pj
from King Salmon, AK, USA
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5 / 5
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Additional Thoughts:Just thanks....for making the trip very enjoyable in light of my bad leg...the lawn chairs were a welcome sight as was fishing from them while sitting in the river.
"Great facility with the best of equipment. People are the best...service is always top notch. There is nothing they will not do to make your trip and fishing experience something you will always remember. They know Alaska...where to fish...what sights to visit beyond fishing...and you can be sure that you will be safe regardless of what you are doing."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
Unbeatable,
July 15, 2015
By: Scherm
from Tipp City, Ohio
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Additional Thoughts:all top notch
"From the time you contact CCL until you leave the Lodge you will experience the best service you can imagine. The Lodge, the food, the service, the planes, boats and fishing gear,the guides and the house staff are all the best. The treatment you receive makes you feel special. I can't imagine another lodge that could match CCL."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Amazing lodge,
July 9, 2015
By: 626js
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"This is my 8th trip to CCL and just keeps getting better. The location is spectacular, particularly watching the late sunsets over the wide bow in the Nak Nek. The fishing is consistently great, especially Sockeyes. The staff is awesome: superfriendly,competent,attentive, and very knowledgeable in the field (or stream!) don't go there to diet!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes