Outdoor Activities and Guided Tours in The Dalton Highway
Outdoor Activities and Guided Tours
Although this is not a prime fishing area, fish, mostly grayling, populate the streams along the Dalton. You'll do better the farther you hike from the road, where less-motivated fishermen are weeded out. Lakes along the road contain grayling, and some have lake trout and arctic char. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game's pamphlet "Sport Fishing along the Dalton Highway" is available at the Alaska Public Lands Information Center.
Alaskan Arctic Turtle Tours. This outfit conducts year-round Dalton Highway–area tours in 15-passenger vans. Pickups are available from all area lodgings. Driving the Dalton yourself is difficult and hard on the car; if you're not feeling up to it, these tours are a great alternative. Box 60866, AK, 99706. 907/457–1798 or. www.wildalaska.info.
Coyote Air. The family-run Coyote Air bush-plane service specializes in scenic flights, backcountry trip support, and fall hunting trips in the Brooks Range. Mile 175, Dalton Hwy., Coldfoot, AK, 99701. 800/252–0603 mid-May–mid-Sept.; 907/479–5995 in winter. www.flycoyote.com.
Marina Air Fly-In Fishing. Marina offers fly-in trips to remote lakes for northern pike, rainbow trout, grayling, and silver salmon. 1195 Shypoke Dr., Fairbanks, AK, 99709. 907/479–5684. www.akpikefishing.com. $315 per person, overnight package with cabin; $300 day trip up to 10 hrs.
Northern Alaska Tour Company. The most established Dalton Highway tour company, Northern Alaska operates trips to the Arctic Circle and beyond, some with fly-drive options offered year-round. Fairbanks, AK, 99708. 907/474–8600 or 800/474–1986. www.northernalaska.com.