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Scheduled flights, flightseeing tours and backcountry flying 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 $825 N/A $260

*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.  

The best part of our amazing trip
Small plane for the three of us and an incredible pilot, very nice, totally fond on the region, with a communicative enthusiast and a lot of information. We did the Glacier tour as the weather was not good enough to flight over the mountains of the Wrangell, and we were very glad, because it was definitely amazing. Highly recommended!
Sophie L - 2017