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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.  

Friendly and Professional
These folks are great. They flew us in to Wrangell-St. Elias NP for a backpacking trip (we were with Expeditions Alaska), and our experience was wholly positive. They treat you like family, and our pilot was so competent and professional that I had no worries at all about our backcountry flight. I highly recommend this company!
2019 - mattfox1971 Rochester, NY