Yentna Station - Winter
Yentna Station Roadhouse is famous for offering a wide variety of Alaskan outdoor winter recreation activities, with many visitors snow machining (that's snowmobiling for those from out of state) to the Lodge from Anchorage via trails from Big Lake, Pt. MacKenzie, and Willow. These trails are part of the world renowned Iditarod Sled Dog Race and lead from the Lodge all the way to Nome, Alaska, on the Bering Sea, a distance of approximately 1049 miles.
For the slightly less adventurous, we keep an airstrip maintained for ski planes. Hop a bush plane or snowmobile out to snow machine, mush, skijor, cross-country ski, ice fish, hunt, or to just kick back and enjoy the serenity of the pristine Alaskan winter wilderness. You can also watch various snow machine, dogsled, and human powered races from the comforts of the Lodge.
Lodging And Services
As a checkpoint for many dogsled, manpower, and snowmachine races, the Lodge is prepared to meet a wide range of winter recreational needs. An airplane runway is maintained on the river throughout the winter, and both private and military pilots have been known to drop in for a famous Yentna half-pound burger. Refuel your snowmachine, sit out a snowstorm, dry your gloves by the warmth of our wood stove, fill your thermos with hot chocolate.
Winter services include bed & breakfast, cabins, meals, gas, oil, and repairs. Reservations for overnight stays are recommended. Our winter bed & breakfast rates are $55.00 per person, per night.
We also can arrange guided sled dog tours and air transportation upon request. We suggest contacting us for advance reservations, and for information regarding trail, snow, and weather conditions before beginning your winter vacation at a real Alaskan wilderness lodge. Come watch the Northern Lights! Most major credit cards welcomed.
We are the first off-road checkpoint for the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, the "mushing" dogsled race from Anchorage to Nome. With relatively easy access to the road system, the lodge is the ideal place for mushing race spectators. We recommend reservations for overnight Iditarod race spectators due to high demand.
Additionally, we are a checkpoint for many other race events: the Jr. Iditarod Sled Dog Race, K-200 Sled Dog Race, K-300 Sled Dog Race, Goose Bay 120 Sled Dog Race, Don Bower Memorial 300 Sled Dog Race; for the Iditasport and Alaska Ultra Sport (human powered-bicycle, cross-country / nordic ski, snowshoe, running races); and an emergency checkpoint for the Gold Rush Classic (Iron Dog) Snow Machine Race, round-trip to Nome.