Salmon Fishing Alaska and Deshka River

Fish Alaska for King and Silver Salmon at Backcountry Warriors May – August

Salmon fishing Alaska or on the Deshka River. Those word generates more excitement at Backcountry Warriors than just about anything else. It’s all we talk about. It’s all our clients talk about. It’s all everyone talks about. The Deshka River is one of the main world class salmon fishing areas here in Alaska and in a short 5 minutes down the road. Backcountry Warriors can get you connected with preferred local salmon fishing guides, or let us know what you want on your Alaska Vacation and we can arrange the entire package turn key, just bring your clothes! Salmon fishing does get sold out quickly, let us take the mystery out of the planning and leave you with the excitement and rush of catching THE BIG ONE! Go fishing for the day, come back to the Backcountry Warriors lodge for a delicious hot homecooked meal, sit around the backyard campfire roasting marshmallows and tell your newly acquired fish stories! Our lodge can be rented by the room B&B style, for larger groups rent the entire lodge and have all your meals included. Vacation packages are available, give us a call and let us know what’s on your Alaska vacation bucket list and let us do all the planning.

Flightseeing Talkeetna And Denali National Park

Common questions from Backcountry Warriors guests, “If there is just one thing we should do to be the most memorable, what would it be?” Without question hesitation it would be to go on a flightseeing tour with Talkeetna Air Taxi. There is no way to put into words how amazing this adventure is. Denali from the ground is epic; from the air on a clear day it is beyond description. If you put this on your bucket list while you are here we can help with getting your flight booked or simply contact us for your full vacation planning in Alaska. Make this adventure part of your stay with Backcountry Warriors!


Where to start? Gosh, it might be easier to tell you places you CAN’T hike in the Mat-Su Valley. For starters, there are numerous trails right here in Willow. Winter groomed trails for snowmobiling, cross country skiing, fat tire biking, and great for winter hikes and jogging, these trails go on for miles! Summer hiking trails lead you to breathtaking mountain top experiences, lakes and glacier fed streams. Hatcher Pass and the historic Independence Gold Mining area. Bring your gold pan with you as some streams are open to recreational gold panning. Here you can hike for hours and hours, or minutes, depending on how good of shape your in! If you are looking for some elevation and views, for the more advanced hiker Hatcher Pass (very cool historic mining area), Just a few miles to the south is the Nancy Lakes trail system. Matanuska Glacier, Eklutna, Pioneer Peak, Twin Peaks, Knik Glacier…the list is endless. Backcountry Warriors will get you pointed in the right direction, and guided tours can be arranged. Enjoy the grandeur and the beauty of Alaska from MANY hiking trails.

Biking The MatANTUSKA SUSITNA Valley

Summer biking and Winter Fat Tire biking is at its finest right from our door at  Backcountry Warriors. So bring your bike and backpack! Just a few miles down the road you can choose smooth maintained bike paths and trails to ride as far in any direction you might want to go. To the north Talkeetna, to the Southeast Wasilla, Palmer, and Anchorage. Of course for the more off-road enthusiast, there is Willow Fishhook Road. This gravel road is not maintained and will take you to Hatcher Pass and to the many off-road trails of the area. Having done this ride myself I can tell you it is pretty daunting and one of the most memorable rides I’ve been on. Whether keeping it safe on the maintained path or roughing it on the gravel roads and trails; you will see the most amazing scenery on the planet. Alaska has got to be the best place for a biking vacation summer and winter!


At the end of an adventure packed day of hiking, biking, flight-seeing or fishing, if you want to relax back at the lodge, we have a canoe and pedal boats that you can rent. Also, there are many places on our beautiful grounds to just grab a book, and go relax. We have an upper deck right off the house, and a lower deck right down by the lake. You can enjoy our gorgeous grounds and relax in the peace and quiet of Crystal Lake right here at the lodge.