Wildman Lake Lodge operates several aircraft, each flown by experienced Alaskan bush pilots with years of experience here on the remote Alaska Peninsula. All Lodge aircraft undergo meticulous Annual Inspections just before the season, performed by FAA Certified A&P Mechanics and Inspectors. Routine maintenance is performed at the lodge by FAA Certified Mechanics, during our busy summer. Our lodge aircraft include: a beautiful IFR certified, 200 mph twin engine Piper Navajo Chieftain, an agile Cessna 185- Sky Wagon, our classic and recently restored De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, and two high performance Piper PA-18 Super Cubs. In addition we charter Beech Airliners for transporting guests from Anchorage.
Our 1957 De Havilland Beaver on large “Tundra Tires” has been the primary workhorse for the past 23 years at Wildman Lake Lodge. Over the years, every board, nail, gallon of fuel and piece of equipment has been delivered by aircraft, mostly in the Beaver. This iconic Wildman airplane is recently underwent its second total restoration since coming Butch first bought the plane in 1989. After an 8 month restoration in 2017, the Beaver rejoined the Wildman fleet with a new engine and sporting a new red and white Wildman paint scheme and matching interior.
During the season our twin engine Navajo Chieftain, in conjunction larger Beech Airliners flown by our friends at “Lake Clark Air”, carry passengers and supplies from Anchorage, while the role of our bush equipped single engine fleet is to safely transport guests and guides between the lodge and our favorite fly out fishing destinations. Generally, the De Havilland Beaver is accompanied by the Cessna 185 Sky Wagon or one of the Piper Super Cubs. In our remote part of Alaska, we believe in redundancy and plenty of back up to assure you a have a safe and unforgettable experience flying with us in the wilds of Alaska!
Our Chief Pilot and Lodge Owner Gary “Butch” King, has been flying in Alaska for nearly 50 years. Butch has extensive experience in the Alaska bush and is our primary De Havilland Beaver Pilot and weather man. Every morning, Butch studies weather patterns and charts and forms a plan for the day, before guests and crew depart the lodge to a fly out destination. To Learn more about Butch’s experience flying in Alaska, simply ask, as he enjoys entertaining guests with stories of his years flying in The Last Frontier from the Arctic, to the Aleutian Chain.
LOWE JET BOATS
Our Lodge is equipped with seven Lowe Jet boats maintained by our experienced and licensed boat captains. Guide staff team together to perform preseason maintenance on all vessels to assure proper running of all our Yamaha outboard jet drives. You can simply sit back and relax as our staff confidently navigate our rivers and delivers you to our finest fishing locations. Whether you are headed down river in search of wildlife or simply looking for the next bend in the river chasing the fish of your dreams, our equipment will get you there and back safely.
RODS, REELS & TACKLE
Whether you are chasing wild Alaska salmon, rainbow, steelhead or arctic char we have the perfect combination fly rod and reel to accommodate you. The lodge is equipped with Echo 6 and 9 weight rod and reels; these fine rods have proven their ability to withstand the battle that awaits you. Our fly rod rental program allows any angler the chance to try fly fishing. We encourage all anglers to give fly fishing a try as all of our staff are experienced fly fisherman with the utmost patience to teach any angler the basics.
Also available is our complete line of spinning rods and reels. Our lineup of light, medium and heavy weight rods has you covered for all species. In case you forgot your favorite flies or spinners we are sure to have what you need in “Kate’s Tackle & Fly Shop” our pint size gift shop here at the lodge.