Skip to content

Walrus viewing: Three of the only regularly used terrestrial haul-outs for Pacific walruses in the United States are within flying distance of the Lodge, two of the haul-outs are on capes accessible by aircraft, and one is on an island accessible only by boat. We visit one site 125 miles south of the lodge that has the greatest number of approachable walrus.

The walrus viewing adventures are unique naturalist opportunities where you can see hundreds or thousands of wild walrus bobbing in the surf and hauled up on the beach. It is also probable to see herds of caribou, groups of bears, foxes, and other small mammals, estuaries filled with migratory waterfowl, and numerous other rare upland birds in spectacular wilderness settings.

Viewing Walrus from an ocean cliff

Tour the Lodge | Calendar

Very few visitors see these rare natural wonders each year. Crystal Creek Lodge is the only lodge in Western Alaska and Bristol Bay offering this kind of guided naturalist trip. The trip to the cape is a day trip by aircraft. The flights to these viewing places take you across some of the most spectacular flightseeing scenery in Western Alaska, and your pilot/guide will interpret the dozens of sights and landmarks along the way.

Due to longer than average aircraft flight times, associated extra costs might apply.

*** NEW TO 2016 *** Over 2,000 walrus have stationed themselves at Cape Grieg, near the mouth of Ugashik River and about 70 miles south of Crystal Creek Lodge.

Please inquire regarding the details of these unique adventures.

Beach Lunch on tail of airplane

Walrus Fun Fact:

The feeding habits of the walrus are very interesting. They consume foods from the bottom of the ocean including crabs, clams and other mollusks. They have also been known to feed on seals when they need to. Due to the large size of these animals (males can weigh 3000+ lbs.) they have to consume large amounts of food each day. Generally that will be about 6% of their overall body weight.

5 out of 5 stars. Rinse & Repeat…

One’s Overall Rating OF CRYSTAL CREEK LODGE should be: EXCELLENCE THROUGH CONSISTENCY. How can one outdo perfection? Apparently, it is possible and CCL has done it again! As a guest relationship that began in the mid-1990s, I can honestly say that my trip that ended this past Friday, was perfection. Continuing ties to the tradition of Crystal Creek Lodge; new fisheries to wet and float a fly since my last visit a couple years ago; and food offerings/preparations that are unequaled. Top staff, with guide to guest ratios that are not typically available in far flung locations, such as Alaska. The latter, truly skilled and excited to be on/in the water every and each day! It just does not get any better! I am counting the days until my return. Thank You, Heather/Alex and Dan Michels!


Crystal Creek Lodge guest

Read 450+ Orvis reviews