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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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162 of 162(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
Exceptional in every way,
June 27, 2015
By: Ktop
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"From beginning to end and every minute in between our stay and experience at Crystal Creek was exceptional. The staff and the guides treated us like family. They made all of the daily adventures so fun. Every detail was though of and taken care of. We didn't have to think. Now that's a vacation!"
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
Amazing Alaskan Adventure,
June 26, 2015
By: Justatiza
from Maine
"Wish there was a way to slow down time while at Crystal Creek Lodge. Everything about our visit was perfect and makes me smile! From the moment we were greeted at the airport to the sad goodbyes, we had an amazing adventure. Every member of the staff was friendly, courteous and very helpful throughout our stay. Best of all....those amazing fish. Thanks for the fun!!!!"
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
high on my list!,
June 25, 2015
By: mt49
from montana usa
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Additional Thoughts:hard working and fun. nothing left out!
"Top to bottom best facilities, equipment, planes I know of. Great people throughout the organization in all positions. Staff went out of it's way to make sure our trip was a success."
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
Not Just For Fishing!,
June 25, 2015
By: suzer11
from Chicago, IL, USA
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"I don't fish, but I went with my family to Crystal Creek Lodge to see bears and walrus. We were not disappointed! The animal viewing was spectacular. We saw plenty of bears and an enormous amount of walrus. The lodge itself is quite comfortable and beautifully decorated with Alaskan art. The food and drink is really well done. Two of us are vegetarians and our meals were thoughtfully prepared and delicious. The staff and guides are great - very professional but also fun to be with. We had a blast with Ryan, Alex, and Dan on our adventures."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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Fabulous!,
June 25, 2015
By: graceschmidt
from Vancouver, British Columbia
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"A gem of a place, Crystal Creek Lodge exceeded my expectations on all levels. The staff were attentive and genuine, the food was great (especially lunch out in the field) and the touring was perfect. Dan is awesome, took us to a remote beach, saw bears, beachcombed, had lunch, it was relaxing to say the least. It's now the spot I will think of if someone asks the rhetorical question "if you could be anywhere right now, where would it be"!"
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
Crystal creek,
June 25, 2015
By: Rodn
from Texas
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"Great service, excellent fishing, an extremely well run operation in the middle of great fishing grounds"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
Wish I Was Still There,
June 25, 2015
By: JohnMully
from Whitefish, Montana
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Additional Thoughts:Best guide ever...
"It was a fantastic adventure, hosted by a wonderful staff whose priority was making sure we enjoyed the trip 100%. The food, service, libations, and most importantly, the fishing, were truly spectacular. I'm ready to book for 2015, I'm just waiting on Jenson to check with Barb!"
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
The best,
June 25, 2015
By: TdogWilson
from Vermont
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"This is our tenth year going to Crystal Creek and it get's better every year.
Dan & crew are the best. They even arranged for perfect weather this year!
Terry Wilson
Ugly Dog Hunting"
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
As good as ever or better,
June 25, 2015
By: 2gsp
from Hinesburg, VT, USA
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"This was our 10th year visiting Crystal Creek Lodge. Again as always, Dan, Heather, Alex and their remarkable staff made our trip fantastic from start to finish. Our days were filled with exciting kings and rainbow fishing, more smiles and laughs than we could count, delicious meals and spectacular flights. The only problem was that it went way too fast."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
AWESOME,
January 3, 2015
By: KHMules
from Virginia, USA
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"Crystal Creek and most importantly the team at Crystal Creek made my stay just AWESOME. It was both exhilarating and relaxing at the same time. The quality of the everything was absolutely the best."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
Wild and Wonderful Alaska,
December 26, 2014
By: LoriThomas
from Thorne Bay, AK, USA
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"I have been to Crystal Creek Lodge several times over the last few years and I am never disappointed. Dan and the staff there just get better with every year! Whether you are looking for adventure, relaxation, world class fishing, fantastic food, natural Alaska... It is all there and more! I would highly recommend CCL to anyone who really wants to see the best of wild and wonderful Alaska."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
Remarkable Alaska Experiences,
November 20, 2014
By: donnall
from thorne bay ak/lewistown MT
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"As an Alaska resident and former guide, I cannot think of a better place for a visitor to enjoy an amazing sample of the state's angling, scenery, (and wing-shooting, for that matter) than Crystal Creek Lodge. Daily fly-outs allow you to sample a tremendous cross-section of the famous Bristol Bay region. The guides and pilots are uniformly experienced, capable, and enjoyable to spend time with in the field. Lodging and accommodations are spectacular. I have been fortunate to visit many times on writing assignments and frequently recommend Crystal Creek to friends whatever their level of experience 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
First Class in Every Way,
November 19, 2014
By: tomsq
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"Crystal Creek is a first class experience in every way. From the fishing and guides to the food and wonderful atmosphere, it exceeds expectations."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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Best Trip Ever,
October 1, 2014
By: gonefishinnotcominghome
from New York, NY, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Great/fun
"our trip to Crystal Creek in early August was fantastic. the guides and operators and all great and friendly and became like family in just a few days. the fishing was fun and beyond my expectations. the bar after a great day fishing was a great place to exchange fishing stories. it make a trip of a lifetime something I'll never forget."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
Wonderfull Alaska,
September 28, 2014
By: luisanchorena
from Argentina
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"This was my second time to Crystal Creek lodge, this time me and my friends went to the tent camo for 3 days where we had an excellent experience. I recomend it very much"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
Once in a lifetime,
September 26, 2014
By: Seesaw1
from Los Angeles, CA, USA
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4 / 5
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"Unbelievable experience! Especially my first time fly-fishing! Tremendous support and genuine care from a great group of people! Felt more like family! Flying in the Beaver-priceless!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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Still amazed !!!,
September 24, 2014
By: Agustin
from Argentina
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Additional Thoughts:Great Guide
"Just get back home and I'm still amazed by the week spent at Cristal Creek Lodge. Everything is what you should expect from an Orvis endorsed lodge ...and even more. Wonderful facilities ,excellent service and unbelievable fishing and hunting ! Brian , the chef, was incredible and surprise us every day , all the guides shown a deep knowledge of the region and the fishing. The atmosphere at the lodge was great! It is a great operation ,perfectly run by Dan Michaels."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 18 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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Experience of a lifetime,
September 21, 2014
By: Ross19400
from West Vancouver, BC, Canada
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"The varied fishing locations were exceptional.The bears are something I'll never forget. They are so hospitable letting you fish in the river right beside them!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
must do,
September 21, 2014
By: nottie
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"This was our third trip to Crystal Creek. Yet again they surpassed our already high preset expectations. It is not only the lodge, food, and fishing which make it; but also it is the wonderful mix of all the staff who are both professional and personal, which raise Crystal Creek above its competitors."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
Bucket from list overflows,
September 21, 2014
By: AULflyman
from Napa, CA, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Friendly, knowledgeable, cheerful, helpful, interesting lives, serving
"My 3 friends and I have had a wonderful Alaska fly fishing adventure on our collective list for years. This was the year it all came together. From the moment the van picked us up at the airport, 'till the final good buy to the wonderful staff, we were convinced that we were existing in the dream of a lifetime come true for us. We caught many fish, but most importantly were the caliber and sincere desire for our enjoyment expressed by every single member of the Crystal Creek "family". From our first communication with Heather, through every over the top five star meal, through every guide we fished with or even encountered, we felt that so many people were completely dedicated to our thorough enjoyment and happy experience. Truly, Crystal Creek takes the term "First Class" to heretofore uncharted heights. Thank you, Crystal Creek! We'll never forget you, until wee meet again!!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes