Winterlake Lodge

Beautiful Winterlake Lodge is located on the southern boundary of Denali National Park, on the historic Iditarod Trail. It is one of the one of the best lodges in Alaska and offers seclusion and spectacular scenery. Trimble and Hayes Glacier, as well as the entrance to Rainy Pass can all be seen from the lake. Guests enjoy opportunities for hiking and wildlife viewing with many species of Alaska birds, wildflowers and berries that are rarely seen on the other locales, As the lodge is located on the Iditarod Trail is also is a check point during the famous dog sled race every March.

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The Trapper’s Cabin

This cabin sits at the far-east end of our property and is connected to the main lodge by a rolling path. It is the old homestead site of Mr. Gene Leonard, whom you’ll learn plenty about! The log construction is representative of most old Alaskan bush homes, and much of the furniture is handmade in the Alaska style. Imagine what life was like as a trapper here in the far north at the turn of the century. The cabin has a queen bed located in a separate bedroom, a simple private bath, additional sleeping for two people in single beds, and a large spacious living room. Sit on the porch and watch eagles fly by – or your helicopter landing nearby to pick you up for a mountain adventure. The cabin operates on its own generator, which your guide will gladly manage for you.

    The Red Lake Trail Cabin

    This log cabin sits near the lodge on the west side of the property. The cabin accommodates seven people in three separate bedrooms, each with a queen bed, two with additional single beds. There is a simple private bath and a small living room in this cabin. The view of the lake is lovely, particularly at sunset. This is an original log cabin to the property and it was renovated in the fall for 2011.

      The Iditarod Cabin

      We cut dead standing trees, peeled the logs, and built the cabin on site together when our daughters were young girls. Large picture windows look over the lake and the small deck is the place to be at sunrise. The cabin offers a queen bed and one twin in a loft area. This cabin offers a roomy private bath.

        Mountain Pass Cabin

        This cabin is situated closest to the main lodge. It offers a log queen bed, roomy private bath, comfy open-style living room and a rocker on the deck.

          The Happy River Cabin

          It’s one of the favorite places to go to from the lodge. This cabin offers a nice lake view, artisan log bed and open-style living room area, and roomy private bath. This cabin sits next to our hiking trail to go see the swans on Red Lake.

            Lodge Dining

            Lodge owner and renowned chef Kirsten Dixon offers world-class culinary classes at the lodge with visiting chefs and specialized culinary programs throughout the year. Gourmet meals are served from a daily menu (changed every day and posted in the main lodge). In keeping with tradition, Alaska regional cuisine is featured. Guests are welcome to come into the kitchen at any time and help cook! Special dishes may be made on request. The lodge also offers frequent lakeside barbecues of Alaska salmon and King Crab.

              Lodge Activities

              Most activities are included; daily activity sheets are posted in each cabin. Daily activities may include narrated walks, hiking, canoeing and kayaking; watching wild birds; berry picking; and in the winter following the tracks of wolves, otters and moose and dog mushing on the National Historic Iditarod Trail. A helicopter has been dedicated at the lodge that takes guests on flightseeing tours, fishing, glacier trekking or to the dog camp up on top of a glacier (helicopter excursions are at additional costs; fishing license is not included and at additional cost). There is also plenty of time to relax and spoil the senses: cooking classes (offered daily); wine and cheese tastings; Yoga and stretch classes, therapeutic massages, soaking in the hot tub or swimming in the lake are other options!

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