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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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130 of 130(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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Incredible Alaska Experience,
August 24, 2014
By: UtFisher
from Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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Additional Thoughts:Excellent guides
"Crystal Creek Lodge is an exceptional combination of luxury accommodations, fine dining, highly skilled guides and excellent fishing. Dan, Alex, and Heather have assembled an amazing group of competent people who all have the same goal; providing outstanding service to their guests."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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A magical experience,
August 24, 2014
By: Seattlecook
from Seattle, WA
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Additional Thoughts:Ryan was great with our kids who were learning to fly fish for the first time
"Heather, Alex and Dan do an amazing job. The team at Crystal Creek pays attention to every detail and goes out if their way to make everything great. I visited with my wife and kids and everyone had a magical time - from fishing, to time in the lodge, to meals and time in the kitchen. This is my 4th trip fly fishing in Alaska and Crystal Creek provides a uniques experience. We look forward to making a trip back in the future!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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The Best Fishing Trip Ever!,
August 21, 2014
By: seprice
from Lake Charles, LA, USA
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Additional Thoughts:great pilots - Alex and Dave
"My husband has been to Crystal Creek Lodge three time and I have been twice. We love the way CC is organized and how flawless the operation runs. Crystal Creek Lodge works as a TEAM to make a memorable and enjoyable stay. Great fishing and lots of stories to share with our friends. Alaska is truly the last frontier."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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Alaska fishing at its best,
August 20, 2014
By: Desertdawg
from Phoenix, AZ, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Really enjoyed fishing with Daryl, especially on the Naknek but we didn't get the chance. Again, guest input would have possibly helped this situation.
"Second trip to Crystal Creek and other than the weather it was great. Rained and wind most every day which made it challenging for fly fishing, especially since i'm not that great at it to begin with. Silver fishing was great at the Narrows and the 'Gick' and so-so on the Naknek. Didn't get to fish the 'Nush' (sp?) but heard from others it was superb. Should have picked it instead of Brooks (rainbows, dollys, greylings) which wasn't that great. Overall we ended up with 80lbs of silvers which was over twice what we caught last year. In spite of the weather we still had a great time and the guides, pilots and lodge staff are top notch."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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Terrific Year After Year,
August 20, 2014
By: 2gsp
from Hinesburg, VT, USA
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"Once again, Crystal Creek has been outstanding -- the fly-outs, fishing, lodge, food, and above all, the wonderful staff. We have been frequent guests and our expectations are never let down. Kudos to Dan, Alex, Heather, Lynette, Chef Brian, and all the guides and lodge staff. And to camp dogs Porter, Tater and Ellie, of course."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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Best Experience Ever,
August 19, 2014
By: point
from Deerfield, NH, USA
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"It was the trip or a life time. Staff and accommodation was excellent."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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A truly great experience,
August 19, 2014
By: JMNfamily
from Austin, TX, USA
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"Spending time at Crystal Creek Lodge takes the fishing experience to a new level. Sure the fishing is outstanding - thou what makes this place over the top, is that my wife and daughter are equally in love with the experience. Everything from the fishing, accommodations, sky-treking and most of all the people who work there and make Crystal Creek Lodge so special. There are other good fishing locations in Alaska; however, there isn't a better end-to-end fishing experience anywhere... From the minute you arrive in King Salmon to when you board the plane to leave - life just doesn't get any better. Already booked for 2015..."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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Exceeded all expectations.,
August 19, 2014
By: SSchupp
from North Palm Beach, FL
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Additional Thoughts:Thanks again to supurb senior chef Brian and chef Denise and to Heather for attentive care during our planning process and for meeting my special requests. Thanks too to Lynette for her help and to Kari for expert & needed deep tissue massage.
"Crystal Creek Lodge is 5-star in every way - from catching a wide variety of spectacular salmon and more species every day; daily excursions to the Lodge's favorite fishing spots by seasoned & knowledgeable pilots in their lovingly-cared for DeHavilland Beaver seaplanes; seeing Alaska's snow-capped mountains, rivers, wildlife & summer tundra from a bird's eye view; dropping in near a remote Bering Sea beach to beach-comb for & find weathered blue and green Japanese glass fishing floats; wading in remote Gin-clear rivers teeming with huge salmon in spawning colors with hungry rainbow trout, Dolly Varden & Grayling not far behind; savoring the gourmet chefs' 5 star meals & wine with unexpected & delightful surprises; sharing delicious apres-fishing time, wine, cocktails and fish stories with yummy apps and some of the nicest & most-interesting people you'll ever meet; staying asleep all night in a very comfy well-appointed private king suite in the main lodge and catching the specific fish you are targeting daily thanks to the planning & very attentive care of the most knowledgeable, helpful, patient and fun guides you could ever find. And - catching a 37" King Salmon :) & a lot more fish which the guides cleaned, packed, froze & helped to get delivered safely back to Florida where we enjoyed Alaskan salmon dinner and fish stories with family last week."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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Nothin' could be Finer!,
August 19, 2014
By: McCartyFamily
from Austin, TX
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Additional Thoughts:Wow! Competent, Determined and very Customer Friendly!. Each guide was gifted, putting up with me can be a challenge and they each handled that with ease! They each have interesting stories, abilities to find fish and the patience to teach fishing. Lovely people, each one!
"Returning to CCL is like coming home. You are hugged when you arrive just like you are long lost family. That sets the stage for a phenomenal week! The guides, the pilots, the chef and team, the service staff, the accommodations and the experience as a whole could not be Finer!
We were fortunate to have a day of fishing for Silver Salmon at the Narrows that was like a day at the beach! Clear, warm, soft breeze and wonderful visibility---even caught 9 SS. So memorable!
This place offers a true vacation. My mind can reset, relax and rejoice in all the beauty that surrounds it!
My endorsement is absolute and 10 Stars if that was possible.
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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Amazing Crystal Creek Lodge,
August 19, 2014
By: RudyFL
from North Palm Beach, FL, USA
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"My wife and I have traveled to many of the world's top spots and have enjoyed numerous domestic and foreign fly fishing trips. Hands down, Crystal Creek Lodge, AK nailed it with the finest combination of lodging, fishing, and dining. Beautifully maintained, the lodge is top shelf. The chefs create amazing meals daily. Fishing is assured daily either on the adjacent river or away using 3 Beaver aircraft, with superb pilots and CCL's experienced guide team, making this trip one that we intend to repeat as much as possible. We have to say too that the all the staff and the other guests were great making the whole experience beyond your expectations."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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Fun Place With Great People,
August 17, 2014
By: LarryA
from Montgomery, TX, USA
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"Crystal Creek Lodge was perfect. It offered a superb facility with outstanding people who were dedicated in making sure my stay and experience was the greatest. I would recommend it with the highest ranking possible."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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absolute best fishing experience,
August 15, 2014
By: cooperrider
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Additional Thoughts:Favorite guide was Ryan F.
"This lodge is top shelf from start to end. The staff is wonderful, guides were skillful, accomodations were very nice and the food was fantastic."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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Fisherman's Vahalla,
August 15, 2014
By: Brobb21
from Exton, PA, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Experienced and Knowledgeable
"Crystal Creek Lodge is one of the rare jewels you find in the world of fishing. Not only is the fishing amazing but the facilities and staff makes it a fisherman’s Valhalla. The accommodations at the lodge are first class and the staff makes sure to treat you as if you are part of the CCL family. The guides are extremely knowledgeable of the territory and will never fail to put you on the fish. My recommendation is that if you are willing to do a little hiking, the guides will put you on some of the most spectacular stretches of water on the planet. Thank you CCL for a fantastic experience."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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Miner Week,
August 13, 2014
By: GaryWineMaker
from Saint Helena, CA 94574, USA
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"Great time again with the staff at CCL.
Extremely friendly and competent guides with loads of patience. Wonderful lodge and terrific equipment.
Makes Alaska even more spectacular
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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Best outdoor experience of my life!,
August 13, 2014
By: RickRobb
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Additional Thoughts:excellent guides
"Crystal Creek Lodge is a magnificant facility with a friendly competent staff who worked very hard to make a great vacation for us in Alaska. The food was outstanding and the ambience adds to a great dinning experience. Of the three lodges I have been to in Alaska, Crystal Creek had the best fishing. The staff was hard working and did everything they could to make sure each guest had a wonderful Alaska experience."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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One of a Kind,
August 13, 2014
By: geoffnace
from King Salmon, AK
"We spent a week at CCL and it was an amazing experience. Staff at the lodge was exemplary! Dan, Alex, and Heather have put together an amazing team that really works well together and truly make you feel welcome there. The lodge is immaculate, the service is impeccable, the pilots are top notch, the planes are in super condition, the food is delightful, and the guides are knowledgeable. The fishing experience was just as incredible. Fly-ins and tundra hikes to remote water. Caught Dolly Varden, Grayling, Rainbows, King Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Chum Salmon, Pink Salmon, and Silver Salmon. We were hopeful to catch them all, we did, and hooked up with 5 species on the first day! Certainly recommend this outfit if you're looking for a spectacular Alaska experience! Thanks CCL!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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Better than we could have imagined,
August 12, 2014
By: stine2016
from Mechanicsburg, PA, USA
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"Crystal Creek Lodge provided us with accommodations that felt like home, and a staff that felt like family. It was truly an adventure every day to be able to fish in the most amazing places imaginable. The bar was raised higher and higher every day with the kindness felt as soon as you walk in the door. We can't wait to go back someday!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 18 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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As Good As We Hoped,
July 28, 2014
By: colorado11
from Houston, TX, USA
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Additional Thoughts:excellent, accomplished guides
"My fishing friend and I returned to Crystal Creek for the second time. We went earlier in the season than before and had some concerns if it would be the 'same thing' -- it wasn't. We fished different places and caught different fish. What was the same was the superior service, food and attention to detail. The staff and guides could not have been more attentive and helpful -- and they know how to catch fish.
We so enjoyed our time at Crystal Creek and look forward to returning."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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Epic Alaskan Adventure,
July 27, 2014
By: Swimpal
from California, USA
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"Crystal Creek Lodge delivered a perfect combination of incredible fishing, brown bear excursions, and walrus viewing. Whether by flight or by boat, volcanoes to streams, this was an epic adventure. The staff & guides are fun and really care about personalizing your experience. With luxurious accommodations and culinary diversity, you cant go wrong. Gear & mudroom operation impressive. Hard-core fisherman sharing their passions with wildlife enthusiasts and vice versa. Something for everyone!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 Star Exerience,
July 27, 2014
By: Tim0714
from Cincinnati, OH
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"Crystal Creek Lodge is a combination of incredible fishing, knowledgeable and fun guides wrapped in a 5 star lodging and dining experience. Can't wait to return!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes