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Northwoods Lodge
Fountain Valley, California
1 review
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“Alaska at it's best.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2011

Tucked away in a beautiful and picturesque setting of the remote Alaskan bush is one of the best full service fishing lodges you’ll find along the Yenta River . The lodge is home to King, pink, sockeye, and silver salmon, rainbow trout and pike fishing in the summer season. Come the winter months it is an adventure getaway for snow machining in demand place to stay for one of the Iditarod checkpoints for Yentna.

The lodge is nestled 65 miles NW of Anchorage where you’ll depart via a single engine plane flown by some well versed bush pilots. Soaring over the lush trees in your float plane in the summer you can get a feeling during your 40 min scenic flight over marshes and just low enough to see some wild life, just how great, and off the beaten path Alaska and your destination point really is.
Taxiing up and around the bend of the property you’ll be greeted at the dock by the welcoming owners Eric and Shan Johnson, your fishing guides and lodge staff. Whether your there for just a day trip or staying over night for two days or a week you are immediately treated like family.
The hospitality is like any other 4 star hotel. Your bags are taken to your cabin and you are immediately given a tour offered beverages to your liking or efficiently helped with getting your fishing license on site there if needed if you’re on a tight itinerary and there for a day trip.
Staying at the lodge is a superb idea. It offers brunch and dinner service with daily fresh made from scratch breads, cookies, biscotti’s, herbs and vegetables from the gardens, local game meats and fish. Guests can enjoy the open coffee bar including hot teas, chocolates and local Alaskan coffee. Fruits, nuts and snacks are always available with an ever full cookie jar. The lodge offers Alaskan beers on tap as well as a variety of bottles or domestic and imported as well as a tasty wine list.
Each cabin comforts include northwoods decor, heaters, bunks and extra blankets and towels. Whether your stay is in the standard cabins or the Deluxe Northwoods you will be quite comfortable especially with a each one having their own full view of the lake and creek as they sit on the bluffs of the Lake .
You’re friendly and knowledgeable fishing guide will set you up with all you need for your day excursions. Whether you be a well versed angler here to fish Alaska for the first time or never touched a pole in your life, they will make you feel welcome to the sport and make it a fun experience. The ratio of guide to client is small so that you may receive one on one attention and direction. They are very encouraging and love to take photos for you of you and your catch. When back at dock you get a great opt. to take photos and weigh your fish at the Northwoods sign while your guide quickly fillets and packages your fish for you.
Owner and executive chef of Northwoods lodge, Shan Johnson delights her family and guests with fresh fish, her collection of family recipes, and produce from her gardens.
Shan has a variety of gardens and a greenhouse where she grows a wide assortment of vegetables, herbs, tomatoes, chili's and tubers. And that is on top of her abundant numbers of flower patches, aero nurseries and hanging plants. Her season starts early to be able to provide organic produce for her clientele.
She pays close attention to planning out her menu for the week and even keeps a journal of the meals she prepares for repeat clients so you will always have something new to try. Indulge on local fare of specialty meats and her house smoked salmon. Desserts , cookies and breads are made daily from scratch in her commercial kitchen which includes her guests favorite Strawberry Rhubarb Pie.
Enjoy summer afternoon with a bottle of wine and appetizers such as an array of domestic and imported cheeses, a charcutarie platter of local meats, salmon tar tar, house made dips, tapenades, bruchettas from greenhouse tomatoes and hot, gourmet hors'd voeurs.
The land was bought, the lodge was built and the business has thrived through their own hard work, endurance and hospitality since their beginning in 198o something . The Alaskan couple and their family have built a beautiful thing to share and I have been blessed with the chance to stay there, fish with them and learn the Alaskan ways. I can only hope many more will as well for years to come.

~Sous Chef, Brieanne Lauren
Southern California

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2011

We had another great time with Eric and Shan at Northwoods Lodge. This was our first time fishing in July, and the sockeye did not disappoint! Lots of fish and our guide Kurt got us right in the middle of them every day. Silver salmon were just beginning to show up, but we were even able to catch a few of those as well. Boats and fishing gear were excellent, scenery wonderful, cabins were comfortable and the meals delicious.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Northwoods Lodge

Property: Northwoods Lodge
Address: P.O. Box 56, Skwentna, AK 99667-0056
Region: United States > Alaska > Skwentna
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Speciality Lodging in Skwentna
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Northwoods Lodge is a fly in fishing lodge located 65 air miles NW of Anchorage on the Yentna River. Our prices include round trip air fare from Anchorage, professional guided fishing every day of your stay, all meals and lodging. ... more   less 

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