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Scheduled flights, flightsee tours and backcountry drop-offs in the Copper River Valley

Chelle Lake

Trip Details
Trip Type:
Base Camp
2-4 days
Easier to Moderate

Rates shown are charter rates for the entire aircraft per flight, regardless of pax count. Rates are for one way flight between Gulkana and listed airstrip(s).

Airstrip 3-5 Pax *
2-3 Pax *
Cessna 185
1-2 Pax *
Piper PA-12
Chelle Lake $750 N/A $187

*Passenger capacity of aircraft depends on total weight of passengers and cargo. Call us to find the best option for your group.

This trip is a great way to get into some amazing backcountry without any hardcore backpacking. The public use cabin at Chelle Lake can be used to resupply food between loops or as a start and end point for a single loop.

The area features mostly easy walking in alpine tundra.  There is one reasonable river crossing and some brush to navigate. 

There are spectacular view of varying angles of Mt. Sandford, purple and red “painted” volcanic cliffs.  Several beautiful camping areas are easily accessible.  

Amazing Experience!
We just pulled in on the off chance that we would be able to have a flightseeing trip and it was the best thing we did on our Alaska trip!!! Everyone was so friendly, professional and made us feel safe. One of the best value for money experiences we had on our trip.
2019 - Lucy684, London, UK