What to expect
Our trips REQUIRE guests to be able-bodied. The Alaska Wilderness is NOT handicap accessible. If a guest has experienced recent injuries or illness that require a doctor, has had a fever or other illness within 72 hour prior to the trip, has past injuries which renders special attention to their physical activity, is in a cast or brace, is participating in wound care or surgery recovery, or requires assistance getting around, please consider another activity in town where accommodations abound. A good standard of agility: Guests must be able to climb a ladder without assistance and able to walk on uneven, muddy, and unstable terrain with ease. Trip and fall hazards are abundant in the wilderness. Activities you will encounter on your trip include climbing in and out of our small airplane without assistance, Climbing up a ladder for a top bunk, getting in and out of a boat, walking on wilderness land with trip and fall hazards, and climbing a rise to get to the cabin.
With Alaska weather, expect everything from freezing weather to sweltering heat. When choosing clothing, think layers so you can adjust comfort as the weather changes. Even on a sunny bright day, the winds from the north can cut the heat from your body and you could get hypothermic. Rain gear or at least a water resistant wind breaker jacket and pants is advised for all trips, but especially day trips.
Bugs bugs and more bugs! Alaska has bugs. Bring bug repellent. You may also want to consider a head net if you are not used to the density of mosquitos in the Alaskan bush. We find a thermocell works great.
You are entering a wilderness area when you fly with us for any type of ground activity. Wildlife is abundant. Do not approach wildlife under any circumstances. You are entering bear and wolf country. Bring a fire arm or bear spray for protection and keep an eye out for animals. Moose, wolf and bear may look docile and friendly but they are very dangerous. Give wildlife the right of way and NEVER harass an animal. Refer to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website for bear information.
Do not clean fish in the cabins, by the cabins, close to the cabins, in the boats, or anywhere nearby where you will be. Bear are attracted to the fish smell and garbage. Keep your campsite clean by storing garbage responsibly and keeping the campsite clean. Pack out all garbage in small bags (grocery bag size packed full is a good measure) such that they can fit in the float locker of the airplane. Multiple bags work better than one big bag.
There are no authorized fire pits at our locations. If you see sign of a ground fire, it was NOT authorized. DO NOT BURN ON THE GROUND. The ground is composed of "DUFF" which is an organic material that can burn for days or months underground, even in winter, and flare up again anytime the conditions are favorable. Please respect our unique getaways and only build fires in the woodstoves provided. We are in the process of getting metal containers for small outdoor fires. If you see a metal containment in the fire pit, it is ok to burn in the metal containment. Use common sense and fire safety when putting out a fire, and do not leave fires of any kind unattended. Remember, the ground is flammable down to several inches thick.
Familiarize yourself with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game rules on "Defense of Life and Property" so you know the laws regarding protecting yourself. The Alaska State Troopers must be notified if an animal is shot or killed in defense of life and property.
There are no flush toilets, running water, electricity, or cell phone coverage at our locations. You may bring a satellite phone or Garmin inreach device but it is not required. If you choose to NOT bring a satellite device you acknowledge that you have no way of contacting anyone for help in an emergency situation and are solely responsible for your decision.
Outhouses are on site, but are very rustic. For your comfort we recommend you bring your own wipes or toilet paper with you. Kristy has staged some nice personal hygiene boxes in the outhouses to maximize comfort and cleanliness. Please let us know if the box is in need of attention.
Your destination is a fly in only trip. There are no roads, police, or hospitals there.
Expect delays and last minute changes. Expect staying longer than planned or getting picked up early. Expect to wait. Your pickup time is not guaranteed. Expect your trip to be cancelled due to weather, pilot availability, aircraft availability, and circumstances beyond our control.
2021: Minto Flats is currently closed due to flooding and other circumstances beyond our control. We are currently looking to regroup and begin booking for the 2022, however 2021 bookings are not available. Call or reach out for details. We will continue trips starting in 2022, but it will not be the same as previous years.
Dune Lake, Deadman Lake, and Geskakmina Lake cabins are privately booked. You will not share with another party at these locations.
Cabins are simple shelters for the summertime. They are not fancy but provide shelter and a dry place to sleep. During your stay there will be no attendants present, so be sure to listen carefully to the instructions on how to operate the motors. Cabins are equipped with bunks and simple mattresses so you may want to bring your own sleeping mat for comfort.
One boat is provided for every two adults. Persons under 18 years of age may not operate the boat motors.