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Crescent Lake Lodge

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Crescent Lake Lodge is located about 250 air miles west of Anchorage, and 50 river miles (18 air miles) south of the village of Sleetmute, on the Holitna River. Crescent Lake itself is a short portage from the east bank of  the Holitna River, with boats moored on both the lake and river. Access from Anchorage is by chartered float or wheeled plane direct to the lodge. Scheduled commercial airline service via Aniak to Sleetmute is another option.
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The Holitna River is a remote river system in western interior Alaska. Although this system receives little attention, it supports one of the most productive fisheries in the entire region. The Holitna and its headwater tributaries, the Chukowan and Kogrukluk Rivers and Shotgun Creek, drain the Kuskokwim Mountains, Shotgun Hills and parts of the Nushagak Hills and Taylor Mountains.


The Holitna´s largest tributary, the Hoholitna River, drains parts of the Lime Hills, Nushagak Hills, the Door Mountains and Taylor Mountains before emptying into the Holitna about 30 miles above the Holitna´s mouth, which empties into the Kuskokwim River just above the village of Sleetmute. The area is known for its abundant wildlife and beautiful scenery.

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You will be staying in a cabin near the main lodge where you will take your meals. The lodge is situated on a hill above a lake from where you can see the Choctaw Mountains 15 miles to the west. Swimming, boating, canoeing, hiking and bird-watching can easily be done from the lodge or you can just sit back and relax.

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Cabin Rentals  

Cabins near the lodge as well as remote cabins are available for rent also - by the day or by the week. Prices on request.
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Costs not Included  

  • Fishing license
  • Cost of shipping fish and other trophies
  • Transportation from Anchorage to the lodge and your return trip


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Bookings and Deposits  

Bookings for resort activities are available year-round.
For fishing trips bookings are available from mid-June through August.
A deposit of one-half the cost of the trip is required to guarantee your reservation. The earlier you send your deposit, the better. We should receive your deposit no later than 3 months prior to your arrival. The balance is due upon arrival at the lodge. If you wish, you can add days to your trip subject to our schedule.

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Species Available


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  • Chinook (King) Salmon: mid-June through July. These fish average 20-25 pounds; trophy size is 50 pounds.
  • Sockeye (Red) Salmon: late June through July. Fish average 6-8 pounds; trophy is 12 pounds. Any Sockeye is a trophy on the table.
  • Chum (Dog) Salmon: July through early August, averaging 7-9 pounds; trophy size is 12 pounds.
  • Humpback (Pink) Salmon: mid-July through August, averages 3-5 pounds; trophy size is 7 pounds.
  • Coho (Silver) Salmon: August through September, average size is 7-9 pounds; trophy size is 12 pounds.
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Fresh Water Species


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  • Arctic Char: averages 3-5 pounds; trophy size is 10 pounds. Best in June and September.
  • Dolly Varden: averages 1-2 pounds; trophy size is 3 pounds. Excellent all season.
  • Arctic Grayling: averages 1-2 pounds; trophy size is 3 pounds. Excellent all season.
  • Northern Pike: averages 5-7 pounds; trophy size is 15 pounds. Excellent all season.
  • Sheefish: averages 5-7 pounds; trophy size is 15 pounds. Excellent all season.

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Equipment and Clothing  

  • Rods & Reels
  • Fishing Tackle
  • Binoculars for sightseeing/birdwatching
  • 5 Shirts (2 heavy ones)
  • 3 Pairs of pants
  • 3 sets of long underwear (tops & bottoms)
  • 6 pair light socks, 6 pair heavy socks
  • 3 pairs of gloves
  • 1 sweater
  • 1 warm jacket or parka
  • 1 wool or fleece cap or hat
  • 1 pair camp boots or slippers
  • 1 pair hip boots or waders
  • 1 lightweight rain suit or 3/4 length rain jacket
  • 1 pair lightweight hiking boots (optional)
  • 1 pair rubber knee boots (optional)
  • 1 mosquito head net
  • 3 small bottles insect repellent (Cutters or Ben's 1000)
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 toilet kit & necessities
  • 1 sheath knife or pocket knife
  • 1 sharpening steel or stone
  • 1 small flashlight
  • 1 camera with film
  • 1 sleeping bag rated to 20 degrees F.
  • Personal items: magazines, medicine, reading glasses, novels, etc.
  • Landing nets are provided.
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Doug Carney
P.O. Box 33

Sleetmute, AK 99668

Phone: (907) 449-4209

Fax: (907) 449-4209


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