Alaska is a very unique place, here are some frequently asked questions to get you started...
1) Where is the Lodge, exactly?
Rainy Pass Lodge is approximately 125 air miles West, Northwest of Anchorage. Nestled right on the shore of Puntilla Lake, In the heart of the Alaska mountain Range.
2) Is there internet service?
Yes, we have internet through a satellite system. Wireless internet is available throughout most of the property, although
we encourage you to disconnect while you are here to fully enjoy the peacefulness of the Alaskan wilderness.
3) How about cell service?
There is no cell phone service available, we are too far out in the Alaskan wilderness.
4) It's so remote, is there electricity?
Yes, we supply our own power through a 28,000 watt generator. Regular outlets are readily available in your room and
throughout the property.
5) Can I go salmon fishing right at the lodge?
King Salmon (Chinook) and Red Salmon (Sockeye) travel over 200 river miles to reach Puntilla Lake, although it is not what
Alaskan's would consider good fishing. The lodge is a great base to fly you to and from some amazing salmon fishing areas. Dolly Varden Trout fishing is usually available right next to the lodge. Grayling, Dolly Varden trout and Rainbow trout are available at nearby mountain lakes via helicopter.
6) When is the best time to plan a summer trip?
June and July is typically going to be your best weather. Check with us on pre-scheduled dates or to plan your own dates.
7) What's the temperature in the summer?
You'll find Alaska's summer temperatures surprisingly pleasant. Daytime highs range from 60°F - 80°F. Nighttime lows are
refreshingly cool, dipping into the 40's - 50's.
8) What special things do I need to bring? Rain gear? Hiking boots?
Rain gear is always a good idea in Alaska, just in case. Hiking boots will make your hikes and horseback rides more
comfortable. We will supply you with all other gear needed for activities during your trip like fishing, overnight stays,
horseback riding etc. You are welcome to bring your personal fly rod or fishing pole if you wish.
9) Is it light 24 hours a day in the summer?
Yes it is, you can literally read a book or a newspaper outside in the middle of the night. Midnight volleyball and horse
games are a lodge favorite.
10) Will I be able to see the Northern Lights?
Unfortunately no, because of the 24 hour daylight. You will have to join us on a winter excursion for a chance to see the
magnificent Northern Lights.
11) How long is the float-plane trip?
Your float-plane trip from Anchorage to the lodge is approximately one hour along the ocean and through the mountains
with an excellent view of Mt. McKinley on a clear day.
12) What's the policy on liquor? Can I get beer and wine? How can that be arranged?
We typically have a "wine snob" or two on staff to help pair a nice wine with your dinner. We also have a local micro-brewery 'Matanuska Brewery' on tap in the Hunter's Lodge with a lighter and darker beer to choose from. For personal liquor please bring it with you or let us know and we can purchase it for you ahead of time as we do not have a full bar or liquor license.
13) Do I have to be a hunter to go there?
Absolutely not. We welcome hunters and non-hunters alike. As Alaska's oldest hunting lodge, there is a lot of rich history
to experience in regards to one of Alaska's oldest past times. Hunting seasons are primarily closed and hunting activities
will not be in happening during your stay.
14) How safe is it? Are there bears at the lodge?
It is safe and we take your safety very seriously. There are always inherent risks when you are dealing with bush planes,
horses and the wilderness in general. Our guides are highly trained and qualified and spend a good portion of their time in
the wilderness and around bears. You will most likely see bears across the lake from the lodge. On rare occasions they
have even wandered on to the lodge property, but remember they are more afraid of you then you are of them and they
typically run away when they see or hear you. Our privately chartered bush flights are through companies which exemplify
excellent safety records and have been to the lodge hundreds of times. Our goal is to provide you with an adventurous
vacation while making you feel comfortable with unique Alaskan activities.
15) What is not included in my trip?
Not included in your trip is charter flights between Anchorage and the lodge, hotel stay in Anchorage if needed, personal liquor, fishing license and gratuities. however we will be happy to make all those arrangements for you to make your trip more of an all- inclusive, hassle free experience.
16) What is the recommended gratuity for my guide, lodge staff, cooks, housekeeping, etc
We hire top notch employees with great attitudes who are passionate about what they do. They are seasonal employees and tips are a large part of their income so we recommend a 15% - 20% gratuity to be split amongst the various lodge staff and your personal guide. We will be happy to split that up for you or you may provide individual tips as you see fit.
17) What Hotel(s) do you recommend we stay at in Anchorage?
The Lake Front Hotel is located just a couple minutes from Anchorage International Airport and is right on Lake Hood where your charter plane will be departing. They have a shuttle and provide a special discounted rate for our guests which we will be happy to set up for you. Lake Front Hotel - 4800 Spenard Rd. Anchorage, AK 99517 Phone - (907) 243-2300.
The Captain Cook Hotel is one of the nicest hotels in Alaska and is located downtown which offers many tourist activities and shopping during the summer months. Captain Cook Hotel - 939 W 5th Ave. Anchorage, AK 99501 Phone - (907) 276-6000.
18) What if I have my own flight to the lodge?
You are welcome to make your own arrangements, fly with a friend, fly yourself etc. We have a large lake approximately one mile long right in front of the property and a rough, bush pilot, dirt strip about 1/4 mile from the lodge. Please call in advance for strip conditons as experienced bush pilots with larger wheels is highly suggested. If you land on the dirst strip we will gladly pick you up with our 4 wheeler's and trailers for a ride to the lodge. We have Airplane tie downs available if your plane is staying.
Please email us if you have any further questions.