Crooked Creek Retreat Adventures
For the non fishermen in your group, the family vacation, or to just mix it up a little.
Alaska just as wild as you want it!
6 nights 1st class lodging, all meals, all activities as much fishing as you would like, Auntie Dorothy Suggests, Kenai Fjords Cruise, Bear Viewing fly out, Kayaks, and a river fishing trip, then you can spnd a day clam digging, sight seeing, hiking or add a horseback riding adventure. You can also add a sled dog kennel tour and cart ride the same day you take your fjords cruise, Call Auntie Dorothy 907-260-9014 with any questions or to book your Alaska Vacation Call for rates if you are accompaning a fisherman on our all inclusive rate.
HikingThere are many trails, mountains, rivers and streams for a hike. There are trails and hikes for all levels of hikers. Check with Auntie Dorothy at the lodge for great ideas and directions to get you started. There are fairly level hiking trails just outside of Soldotna at the Kenai National Park headquarters. Here you will find Rangers to answer questions and give you directions as
well as information on what wildlife is currently on the trails. These trails are suitable for all hikers from small children to elderly. Endless possibilities await you in the Silak Lake area, or check the Russian River hiking trail that is about 3 miles long and paved leading to a wood platform overlooking the falls where Bears can be seen fishing.
Horseback RidingWe are proud of this trip into the National Forest. It is a thrilling yet easy-going ride featuring spectacular views and amazing forests. Spend your day on one of Alaska Horseman's powerful horses and enjoy the beauty of the wilderness. The ride departs at 10:00 am and returns around 3:00 pm Mondays through Saturdays.
The back country rides are for the rider that has a desire to learn the basic horsemanship skills, as well as being in good physical condition. We take plenty of breaks including lunch at a great spot midway. This wilderness adventure lasts about 5 hours including photo/picture breaks.
There is also the availability to add on to your package a night or two out on the trail seeing scenery that is seldom if ever seen by other Alaska visitors. If you are up for the over night pack trips ask us about them.
Kenai Fjords CruiseThis is one of the high lights of an Alaska vacation. You board the ship in Seward and set out for your adventure. There is inside seating, outdoor covered and uncovered areas. The staff is excellent and the Captain will maneuver the ship to give you the best views of sea life and wildlife along the shore and banks.
. You will see whales, porpoise, seals, sea lions, many different birds and often moose, bears and mountain goats on the surrounding cliffs. You will sail into the fjords and watch as glaciers brake off and fall into the sea. A national parks ranger is on every trip to answer questions and point out things of interest. Look for the battle encasements high on the rocks left over from world war two when the Japanese were invading the United States through Alaska, The crew will serve you a buffet of Salmon and Prime Rib plus all the side dishes and dessert. Plus they will make you a Blended drink from the 20,000 year old ice. Check our slide show of the cruise on our facebook page, crooked creek retreat kenai alaska fishing lodge. Like our page and you will get up dated photos and find out what is happening here.
Razor Clam DiggingRazor Clam digging. A morning at the beach cannot be beat. The mountains across the inlet are absolutely majestic; the Bald Eagles are perched on the banks waiting to clean up anything left behind. It is the sound of the waves, the smell of the salt and just more than you can take in that makes the morning so spectacular.
Join in on chasing those Razor Clams, they actually can move through the sand at around 1 inch per second. When you first put the shovel in they take off, so speed is needed. It should actually be called catching not digging. Here at the lodge we have shovels, clam guns, and buckets for your use. Plus we will give you all the instructions or maybe someone will join you. Razzor clams make a wonderful clam chowder, fried clams, clam cakes or whatever is your favorite. Bring some back and we will make you a pot of clam chowder and set it on the wood stove for your dining pleasure.
Digging/catching requires a -1 or lower tide. Check the tide table in the fishing section for exact tides but, for 2014 your best clam digging and beach combing tides are May 4th through the 10th and the 2oth to the 23rd, June and July the 1st to the 9th and 19th through the 23rd, July 30th to the 5th of August, and the 17th to the 21st, the 29th to the 2nd of September.
Sea KayaksSea Kayaks Mako's water taxi will take you on any number of adventures out into Katchemak Bay. They will take you across the bay and around Gull island to meet your Sea Kayak guide and instructor for a leisurely paddle into the bay where you will see otters floating right beside you, your guide will point out other wildlife viewing opportunities and make sure you have the best trip possible. There are 1/2, 3/4 and full day trips. We recommend the 3/4 day trip as just right for those of you who do not spend much time kayaking. Your guide will find a nice beach to land on to stretch you legs and have lunch.
Another trip is to take the water taxi and do a hike on your own on approximately a 3 1/2 mile trail and get picked up by te water taxi to return across the bay. I think taking the water taxi over and back is a trip all in itself, you will see wildlife and circle Gull island, just ask the boat captain to take you around the rock. There is also a fly / boat trip to Soldovia. You should plan a whole day for this trip. The water taxi ride is included. Ask Auntie Dorothy for more details if this sounds good to you.
Bear Viewing Fly OutDo not miss this adventure, fly across the Cook Inlet in a float plane. It will look impossible to land and then the pilot will set the plane down on Wolverine Creek or Big Lakes and the impossible becomes possible. Then you will meet your guides and transfer into a boat to see bears, both Brown and Black Bears frequent the area. Your guide will tell you what to expect.. This is really a two for one adventure, the scenery and flight there and back is worth the price without seeing bears, the fly over is breath-taking. If there is wildlife on the way there or back your pilot will bring you down for a better view. Former guests have even seen a Back Bear and a Brown Bear in a fight, with moose scattering in all directions. You will have more than an ample view out the window of the plane, but be sure and ask Auntie
Dororthy before you leave on how to get the best view. This photo of mama bear and her cubs was taken by one of our guests on their fly out. The photo of the waterfall was taken by another guest at Wolverine Creek, when the fish are running the bears come down to the creek and you will see many bears both black and brown.
Call us, 907-260-9014 with any questions or to book