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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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177 of 177(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
Best lodge and staff in AK!,
July 27, 2015
By: JDLOH
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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 2 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 3 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 4 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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5 / 5
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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 5 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
Overall Rating: 
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 6 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Always best ever experience,
July 16, 2015
By: Fly4pj
from King Salmon, AK, USA
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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 7 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
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 8 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
Review 9 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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Crystal Creek 2015,
July 9, 2015
By: Spearski
from Eugene, OR, USA
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5 / 5
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Additional Thoughts:all the guides are great!!
"Another fabulous trip to King Salmon, Alaska to fish in our favorite venue, Crystal Creek Lodge.
The people at Crystal Creek have become family. They are the consumate professionals that offer the finest accomodations and fishing experience in the world. Don't go if you don't want to have the time of your life and meet the greatest people in the world.
Rodger Spears
"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Outstanding in Every Way,
July 9, 2015
By: McKieCampbell
from Alexandria, VA, USA
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5 / 5
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"This is my second visit to Crystal Creek. It offers a unique combination of great Alaskan adventures, a great lodge facility, and simply outstanding guides and lodge staff."
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
CCL was amazing,
July 6, 2015
By: KYBluegrass
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"Five star facility with a five star staff. Guides were off the charts in local fishing knowledge. Accommodations were perfect! The trip of a lifetime!!!"
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
There's no place like home!,
July 2, 2015
By: ChandlerB
from Orange, CA, USA
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Additional Thoughts:outstanding knowledge and creativity when fishing was challenging
"For the third year in a row Crystal Creek Lodge has left me counting the days until my next return. The fishing, food, equipment and accommodations are superior; however it is the staff that truly completes the experience. Everyone at CCL loves what they do and it shows in the detailed preparation and attitude throughout execution. Alaska is unpredictable and it’s when Mother Nature throw’s a curve ball that the team shines. Their experience, tenacity and creativity turns obstacles into unforgettable memories! Another incredible Alaskan experience!! Thank you CCL!!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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Fish On!,
July 2, 2015
By: DailyLimit
from Spokane, WA, USA
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"Wow! That's it. That sums it up. From the fishing, to the availability to fish multiple species with a variety of angling techniques, the experience was one of a lifetime. the ENTIRE staff at the lodge and all of the guides represent at a customer service level paralleling the finest Fortune 500 Companies in the Service industries. I will return to Crystal Creek Lodge for my next Alaskan experience."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Outstanding time,
July 2, 2015
By: MNPLFLYfish2015
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"Had an incredible and memorable trip to Alaska and King Salmon. Hosted by the team at Crystal Creek Lodge from the moment we arrived, the team was nothing short of outstanding in every possible aspect of service.
I would go again in a heartbeat and would recommend it to anyone who would love to see Alaska. A truly memorable time!!"
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
Fish On,
July 2, 2015
By: AlanTAlaska
from Corona CA
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"Regardless of your fishing ability this is the place to be. This was my second time ever fishing Alaska and by far my best experience, the entire staff at Crystal Creek is 100% on their game. I strongly suggest when looking to book your next fishing trip to Alaska choose Crystal Creek Lodge - you will not be disapointed"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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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 17 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
Overall Rating: 
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 18 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 19 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
Overall Rating: 
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 20 for Crystal Creek Lodge, AK
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5 / 5
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