Travel and Logistics

Flight Information

Most major airlines  fly into Anchorage International Airport. Check with your travel agent, online travel site, or the airlines for schedules. We often work with Travel Station. They are familiar with our lodge schedule, and would be happy to help you set up your trip. Their telephone number is 1.800.522.8747.

You will depart with Iliamna Air Taxi from Anchorage at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.  Most guests arrive in Anchorage the night before, but there are many flights that arrive in the morning  before this departure..  Your return to Anchorage will be around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.  Please give yourself at least a two hour cushion to get to/from  Iliamna Air Taxi terminal and  your commercial  departing/arriving  flight.  As a result, do not book a flight that arrives in Anchorage later than 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, or  a flight before 7:30 p.m. on Saturday for your departure from Anchorage to home.   Please note that 2 hours is the minimum, time cushions for weather delays, transfer from Iliamna Air Taxi, and the possibility of lost luggage.    Iliamna Air Taxi is not in the commercial airline terminal and the taxi transfer to the airport takes about 10 minutes.  Please see the itinerary page for exact information.

The flight from Anchorage to Iliamna is with Iliamna Air Taxi. We have reserved space with Iliamna Air Taxi for all our Copper River clients.  Although these spots are temporarily reserved, it is the client’s responsibility to book the flight, and pay for the flight. Clients need to call Iliamna Air Taxi at 907.571.1248. Please mention that you are with Copper River Lodge. We suggest you make this reservation after February 1 but no later than May 15th.

Hotel Information

We suggest you arrive in Anchorage the Saturday before your week. There are many hotels in Anchorage and some of them provide courtesy transportation to and from the Anchorage International Airport. The most popular among our guests include:

Best Western Barratt Inn
4616 Spenard Road
Anchorage, AK  99517
907.243. 3131

Hotel Captain Cook
Forth and K
Anchorage, AK  99517

Sheraton Anchorage Hotel
401 East Sixth Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
Lakeshore Inn & Suites
3009 Lakeshore Drive
Anchorage, AK  99517

Anchorage Marriott
820 W 7th Ave
Anchorage, AK  99517

Lake Front Hotel
4800 Spenard Road
Anchorage, AK  99517
Courtyard Marriott
4901 Spenard Road
Anchorage, AK  99517

Executive Suite Hotel
4360 Spenard Road
Anchorage, AK  99517

The Puffin Inn - Anchorage Hotel
4400 Spenard Road
Anchorage, AK  99


Get out and explore the numerous eateries, bistro, bars, and breweries in Anchorage. Here are a few of our favorites.

Crow’s Nest Captain Cook Hotel
939 West 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
Humpy’s Great Alaskan

610 West 6th Avenue
Anchorage AK 99501
Simon & Seafort’s
420 L Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
F Street Station
325 F Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
737 West 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
49th State Brewing
717 West 3rd Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
Glacier Brewhouse
737 West 5th Avenue, suite 110
Anchorage, AK 99501
Crush Wine Bistro & Cellar
328 G Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
Southside Bistro
1320 Huffman Park Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99515

More About the Copper River Lodge

Our lodge is located directly on the Copper River. This means you’ll never miss a minute of fishing due to weather that can ground many of the fly out operations in the area. Being so remote, our 110 electricity is provided by diesel generator. Copper River Lodge prides itself on the quality and freshness of its cuisine. Freshly baked bread, rolls, or pastries are served with each meal. Fresh fruit and vegetables are always available. Dinner menus vary and include entrees such as pork tenderloin, New York steak, roast duck, and fresh caught salmon. We are happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions or requests, but please let us know in advance.

Alcohol Beverages

Alcoholic beverages are not sold at the lodge. We are not allowed to sell alcohol, and alcohol is not included in the package. If you would like to place an order to have at the lodge when you arrive we can help you arrange it. If you do not order alcohol, there will be no alcohol available for your group. You must email your order.

We use a very reputable liquor store in Anchorage, AK that has a huge inventory. We ask that you email your favorite brands or give a price range for wine, beer and liquor.  Please include your name, group name, quantity, type, brand and price range. For beer, we do prefer to have cans instead of bottles for recycling and waste management.   Sometimes if an item is out of stock, the liquor store will find a similar substitute.  For example:
Your name
Your group name
1.5 L Cabernet or 3L Bota Box Cabernet
price range $20 -$30.


At the lodge there is wireless internet, and a telephone. You are welcome to use our telephone for limited amounts of time. It is our only phone line so we cannot have it used for long periods. There is no cell phone service, nor television at the lodge.

Emergency Contact and Facilities

There is a clinic for minor illnesses and injuries in Iliamna (30 minutes away by float plane, but this is not guaranteed nor is the availability of the plane). The closest major hospital is Anchorage (one and one half hour away from Iliamna by commercial plane). Please assess your medical problems before booking. If you have medications that you take daily, please keep them with you at all times as your luggage and you can get separated. We highly recommend travel insurance whenever you travel to Alaska. If you purchase travel insurance within 21 days of your initial deposit it covers pre-existing medical conditions. There is always the possibility of an arrival or departure delay and/or cancellation due to weather. Please give us a call if you have any questions about travel insurance. Please visit Global Rescue or TravelEx  for travel/medical evacuation insurance.

Emergency contact during your week
Sweetwater Travel Office:  406.222.0624
Copper River Lodge : 907.571.1464

Daily laundry service

Guest rooms are cleaned daily.  We do not have laundry service available for clients. Please do not plan on our crew having time to do personal laundry.