Eaglequest Cabins & Lodge

Spring and Summer

Fishing – launch your boat from the Deshka Landing or join a guide for world class fishing, Alaska style!

Cast a line into some of the world’s most remote and productive rivers: the Deshka, Yentna, Lake Creek, Skwentna, and Willow Creek.

Whether it’s King salmon, Silver (coho) salmon or Hooligan fishing in early spring, it’s all here (regulations permitting). Please visit the Deshka Landing website to view hours of operation and landing rules/fees. Fishing licenses are not sold at Deshka Landing but can be conveniently purchased in nearby Willow or online from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game under Licenses and Permits.

Let’s go fishing!

Cindy gets the catch of the day!

EagleQuest Cabins

Rent a cabin and enjoy the lodge, surrounding area and relaxing!
Please visit our Cabins page for more detailed information. You can contact us at eaglequest@mtaonline.net or call 907-495-1116 to check availability and make a reservation.

 Biking, Hiking and Boating

Go for a hike or a ride on miles of accessible trails near EagleQuest Cabins & Lodge or take a boat ride and enjoy the scenery on the Deshka River where you may spot bald eagles and other wildlife. Please visit the Deshka Landing website to view boat launching rules/fees.

Almost 24 hours of sunlight!

Peace and quiet, no traffic, no smog, no crowds.


Dog Sled Rides

High Country Kennels offers dog sled rides in Willow that leave directly from EagleQuest Cabins & Lodge. Come on in and enjoy a hot chocolate or espresso while meeting the mushers and dog team that will give you the experience of a lifetime! Call 907-495-6874 or e-mail running12dogs@yahoo.com  to make a reservation today.

Willow Winter Solstice Marathon Race

December 17, 2016

The Willow Winter Solstice Marathon Race is an out-and-back course taking you from the Willow Community Center, winding through Willow Area lakes and (for the marathon) out to Eaglequest Cabins & Lodge. The course is almost entirely on winter trails. EagleQuest offers cabins for rent and meals for purchase during the weekend of the marathon. Please call or e-mail for reservations.

Knik 100 and 200 Dog Sled Races

January 7, 2017

The 2017 Knik 100 Bruce Braden Sled Dog Race and the Knik 200 Joe Redington Sr. Memorial Sled Dog Race are scheduled for January 7, 2017. For more information, please visit The Knik 200 Facebook page.

The Knik 100 leaves from Knik Lake and follows various trails while skirting the Big Lake area and Nancy Lake State Recreation Area to EagleQuest Cabins & Lodge. A mandatory six-hour layover is required at EagleQuest Cabins & Lodge. Teams return by the same route to the finish line at Knik Lake.

The Knik 200 starts from Knik Lake and follows part of the old Iditarod Trail system to various trails skirting Big Lake into the Willow area to EagleQuest Cabins & Lodge (approximately 60 miles from the start). Teams will drop dogs at the lodge if necessary, then continue to Yentna Station (approximately 35 miles further), complete their six hour mandatory layover, return the same way to EagleQuest Cabins & Lodge and on to the finish line at Knik Lake for an approximate total distance of 200 miles.

Willow Winter Carnival

January 27-29, 2017 and February 3-5, 2017

The 56th Annual Willow Winter Carnival takes place at the Willow Community Center, MP69.5 on the Parks Highway. Come on out and enjoy two fun-filled weekends packed with activities!

Sven Eriksson 25K Tour

February 5, 2017

Calling all skiers, bikers and runners – get ready for the annual Sven Eriksson 25K Tour! The Sven starts at EagleQuest Lodge at 10:30am and finishes at the Willow Community Center. You can register at the community center. Please call 495-6368 for more information.

Susitna 100 and Little Su 50K

February 18-20, 2017

The Susitna 100 and Little Su 50K are ski-foot-bike races held on winter trails in the Susitna River valley north of Anchorage, AK. The Start/Finish is located at Big Lake, AK.

EagleQuest Cabins & Lodge is a checkpoint for the Susitna 100 and offers cabins for rent and meals for purchase during the weekend of the race. Please call or e-mail for reservations.

Iron Dog – The World’s Longest Toughest Snowmobile Race

February 18, 2017

The Iron Dog starts off with an all-day series of events in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, February 18th followed by the restart of the Pro Class on Sunday, February 19th at Big Lake. The race course distance is over 2,000 miles, with a halfway stop in Nome and finish in Fairbanks. Participants cover some of Alaska’s most remote and rugged terrain while confronting some of the harshest winter conditions. Survival skills are essential, making it the World’s longest and toughest snowmobile race.

EagleQuest Cabins & Lodge proudly sponsors Kyle Conner and Geoff Crouse – Iron Dog Team #30. The team finished 10th last year and the guys are gearing up for another great finish in 2017. You can follow them on Facebook at Iron Dog Team Conner/Crouse.

Team 30 with Cindy at EagleQuest

Iditarod Dog Race

March 4, 2017

The Iditarod Ceremonial start takes place in Anchorage on March 4th.

For 2017, the Board of Directors of the Iditarod Trail Committee voted unanimously to move the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race restart location from Willow to Fairbanks due to the poor conditions of critical trail areas in the Alaska Range.

The ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage will take place as scheduled on Saturday, March 4, beginning at 10 a.m. The restart will now take place in Fairbanks on Monday, March 6, beginning at 11 a.m.

2017 Winner — Mitch Seavey (Photo Credit – Diana Haecker/AP)

Snowmobiling, Cross-country skiing and Biking

Miles of groomed trails await you! Travel the nearby Big Lake, Hatcher Pass and Willow trails. Guided trips are available. For additional trail maps click here.

Kevin and Cindy on a day ride

View the Northern Lights and the Starry Nights

Photograph the Aurora Borealis in brilliant colors above your head!