GETTING TO ROYAL WOLF LODGE
Flying to Royal Wolf is fairly straightforward. From your hometown you will fly into Anchorage, Alaska. Once in Anchorage, you will meet at our hangar and fly to the lodge on our state of the art Cessna 208 Caravan.
Below is detailed information regarding the arrival to Royal Wolf Lodge.
We operate on a 7 day week. Guests arrive and depart Royal Wolf Lodge on Fridays.
Getting to and from Royal Wolf Lodge: You will generally be arriving into Anchorage International Airport by a commercial flight. You will then be flying to the lodge in our state of the art Cessna 208 Caravan. When you are ready to catch your flight out to the lodge, you will meet the pilot at:
Location: Branham Hangar, 4701 Aircraft Drive. (next to the Aviation Museum at Lake Hood, across the street from Anchorage International Airport.)
The plane: The plane is a state of the art Cessna 208 Caravan on amphibious floats, with a 900 horsepower Garrett engine. The flight is approximately 1 hour 20 minutes from our Anchorage hangar, to Royal Wolf Lodge (RWL). The staff will meet you upon arrival, both at the hangar and the lodge.
Cost: Your round trip flight to/from RWL is included in your fishing week costs. If you have already made your deposit and it wasn’t included, it will be added on to your final payment at the lodge.
Flight Schedule: There will be two Friday flights coming to and from the lodge, and there will be 6 passengers per flight.
Friday departure from Anchorage:
First Departure: 10:00 AM check in, 11:00 AM departure. Arrive at lodge @ 12:30 PM
Second Departure: 3:00 PM check in, 4:00 PM departure. Arrive at lodge @ 5:30 PM
Friday Departure from Lodge:
First departure from Lodge: 9:00 AM, arriving Anchorage @10:30 AM Second departure from Lodge: 12:30 PM, arriving Anchorage @ 2:00 PM
All flights subject to change due to weather or conditions we cannot control. We highly recommend providing RWL with your cell phone number so that we may keep you informed with any weather changes that may, or may not occur.
Arrival at “Branham Hangar” for your departure to the lodge should be one hour before flight time. You will not go through a security check, but your name will be on the flight manifest held by the pilot. There is a waiting room and bathroom facilities at the hangar.
Reservations for the Caravan flight will be made through Royal Wolf Lodge, or your booking agent; we will automatically reserve space for you, unless notified otherwise.
Please let RWL know your arrival and departure times into/out-of Anchorage, ASAP. If there is a known flight preference at time of booking, please make it known at that time and we will do what we can to make it happen.
RWL Policy/Recommendation: Due to potential flight delays, weather factors, passenger loads and other unanticipated factors, we highly recommend guests fly into ANC the Thursday before their flight to RWL, and fly out of ANC on Saturday, the day after their return from RWL. This will require getting a hotel room on each end, however the reduction in ‘delay induced stress’ has proven to be worth the extra time (also ANC has a lot to offer visitors). Departure flights from ANC should not be any earlier than 5:00 PM on Friday, or you might risk ticket changes, or missed flights. RWL will not be held responsible for missed flights/ticket changes.
If you need to arrive or depart at times other than our scheduled flights, you will be responsible for hiring a private air taxi to deliver or pick you up at the lodge at your expense, which is normally higher than our flight costs.
We highly suggest trip insurance. Remember, you are flying in Alaska and there should be excess time available in the event of inclement weather. Weather delays are not unusual; so do not make reservations based on specific flight times listed on this schedule.
Luggage/Weight: Soft-sided luggage is strongly recommended, with a maximum weight of 60 pounds per person. The pilot would prefer two smaller bags, as opposed to one large one, if at all possible, due to easier handling and weight restrictions. (Bear spray is NOT allowed on any flight, it is illegal to have on the plane.)
Arrival to RWL: Upon arrival at the lodge, the first flight will be served a buffet style lunch, or snack. After lunch you will have time to unpack and get your equipment in order. The second flight will arrive in time for appetizers, which will be served at 5:30 - 6:00, and dinner at 7:00. Dinner will be followed by a welcoming speech explaining the next day’s routine and bear indoctrination.