Skip to content
  • Waterfowl Hunting at Crystal Creek Lodge

All hunts are conducted or supervised by Dan Michels and hunting guides at Crystal Creek Lodge have substantial bird hunt guiding and dog handling experience.

The earliest waterfowl season in the United States opens in Alaska on September 1. The ponds and estuaries of the Alaska Peninsula comprise the first staging area for migratory waterfowl entering the Pacific Flyway.

Waterfowl pursued are duck species of American widgeon, northern pintail, green wing teal, mallard, greater scaup (bluebill), and gadwall as well as species of geese including cackling Canada goose and Pacific brant.

Duck Hunting using a Beaver float plane

Shooting is done from hunting blinds over decoys, with two shooters and one guide in each blind. Competent guides do the calling and carefully supervise each hunting blind. Most days a retrieving dog is available and watching them work adds to the enjoyment of the hunt.

Guns and ammunition are provided. We have 12 gauge pump or over/under shotguns, steel shot ammunition, waders, and camouflage clothing. Guests are welcome to bring their own guns and hunting gear.

We rotate hunters on several shooting areas – freshwater ponds and saltwater estuaries – resting these areas between hunts. New birds migrate into these ponds each day. Birds in Alaska have yet to be hunted in early September and are not decoy shy. Limits are generous, and duck hunting in Alaska is always a memorable experience. To learn more about waterfowl hunting in Alaska, click here.

Duck Hunter walking back with duck

The Alaska Peninsula and its role in the Pacific Flyway:

The passage of gulls, ducks and other water birds at Point Barrow, Alaska and at other points on the Arctic coast may be the best defined Arctic route in North America. This route across the Alaska Peninsula and the Gulf of Alaska and parallels the coast line of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California. The Pacific oceanic route is used by the Arctic Terns that breed in Alaska and those from the more western tern colonies of Canada. The vast delta region of the Yukon River in Alaska is a breeding ground for many species of waterfowl and this area marks the northern terminus for some of those that use the coastal route for most of all of their migratory flights.

“Dan Michels is bar none the finest upland/waterfoul bird guide working in Alaska. His breadth of ability is astounding… you’ll not be disappointed, either in Dan, or in the CCL hunting experience; it’s the very best!”

Orange, MA, United States
Action-packed waterfowl hunting at CCL

Better than our Dreams!

I gave this trip to my wife as a birthday present. Every part of our experience exceeded our expectations. The fishing was out of this world and varied, and we saw so much wildlife up close, including bears, a wolf, bald eagles, and of course rainbows, sockeyes, graylings, and dolly varden. Management and staff could not have been kinder or more helpful, and the guides were the best we ever had. The pilots safely ferried us to and from our fishing destination each day in beautifully-maintained de Havilland Beavers. Being New Orleanians, food is important to us — it was creative and delicious. The lodge was very comfortable, and we enjoyed socializing with the other guests. Our only disappointment was having to leave this paradise! We already are planning our next trip!


Crystal Creek Lodge guest

Read 450+ Orvis reviews