Nahanni Mountain Lodge

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Imagine sitting on the beach just outside the cabin on your own private lake. Nahanni Mountain Lodge is that remote, private, wilderness paradise. Marvel at pristine waters right at your front door that shimmer from the base of the Nahanni Mountain Range.

The lodge is nestled in the trees along the eastern shore of scenic Little Doctor Lake, 60 miles west of Fort Simpson. Formerly the home of Gus and Mary Kraus, pioneers of the north, Nahanni Mountain Lodge is now owned and operated by Ted Grant, the owner of Simpson Air. The lodge is accessible only by our floatplanes in the summer.



The warm shallow waters and the expansive sandy beach are great for swimming and sunbathing. There are motorboats and gas, plus two canoes with paddles, for exploring the lake or fishing. Lifejackets are also provided for your use.

Throw in a line and fish for your evening meal. Look for Pickerel, Northern Pike (to 38 lb), Lake Trout and Arctic Grayling. Fellow-fishers have marked their favourite spots on a map on the wall. There is a fire pit with a cooking grill right on the beach for a natural barbeque.

Talk to us about fishing rods, and sleeping bags. We'd like to help make packing a breeze.

Accommodation and fees 

Four log cabins will sleep up to 20 people comfortably. Electric lights run from a generator, plus there are kerosene and tea light lanterns. The main cabin is also equipped with a propane fridge, stove and all necessary kitchen items: pots; pans; dishes; cutlery; spices and some dry goods; and utensils.

A stay at Little Doctor Lake is a truly relaxing experience. For families or friends, this is what they mean when they say 'get away from it all'.

You can add a day tour with your stay at the lodge. This is the ideal way to see the beauty of the Nahanni, and learn the legends behind the surrounding landscape where you will feel like part of the Deh Cho region and this incredible natural heritage.

  • Tours can be made at the beginning of your stay, during or at the end your stay at the Lodge.
  • The lodge is only accessible by floatplane in the summer, and is a private sanctuary to its users; however, Simpson Air's day tour flights will stop for approx. 30 minutes on the beach almost daily.
  • All flights are subject to baggage and weight restrictions.

Enquire today for pricing!

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What to bring 

You will find some of what you need at the lodge already. When you book, we'll give you a detailed list of what we provide and what you'll need to pack. Generally, you'll need to bring your own personal items. Groceries and anything else can be purchased at the local supermarket in Fort Simpson before your flight. Be sure to have hiking boots or comfortable walking shoes to explore, and bug spray.

You won't want to forget your camera! The sheer natural beauty of your surroundings will take your breath away! Exceptional, one of a kind scenery is at your front door.


The rustic log cabin was built by Nahanni pioneers Gus and Mary Kraus. When the federal government, under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, established the Nahanni National Park, the couple and their young son were relocated outside the park boundary. Gus – a trapper, and Mary – a Dene person from the area, had lived at what is now known as Kraus Hotsprings from 1941 to 1971. The cabin stands to mark the spot, you can peek in when you visit. Word has it that Pierre Trudeau consulted with Gus whose input may have shaped the park, and it was his choice to relocate to Little Doctor Lake with his family.

When the time came, they decided to leave their homestead in the care of Ted Grant. Recognizing Ted's passion and respect for the land they loved and called home, they knew that he would preserve it to be enjoyed by all in the future.

NOTE: our website is currently being updated. Please contact the office with any questions.