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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 $900 N/A $350

*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.  

What a View !!! What a Pilot!
We took off from the grass strip next to the paved one and turned East toward the park. The first thing we did was go over some of the mud volcanos for a real good look. We then proceeded further East to Mount Drum and went up and down the glaciers there; taking pictures everywhere. We also saw Dahl sheep in their summer range on the sides of the mountains. We then flew up over a 8800 foot saddle to view some pinnacles and out on to the Wrangell glacier. Flying back to the strip (cement this time) we couldn't believe how many picture we each took. You have got to do this. Regards, OldeBear
OldeBear Hamden, Connecticut - 2015