Due to personal reasons, we have unfortunately had to suspend all 2024 helicopter operations. We are excited to resume helicopter tours in the summer of 2025. Stay tuned!
Due to personal reasons, we have unfortunately had to suspend all 2024 helicopter operations. We are excited to resume helicopter tours in the summer of 2025. Stay tuned!

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Discovering Alaska with Bush Pilot Joel Natwick: A Journey into the Wild

Joel Natwick, an experienced bush pilot, has been navigating Alaska’s vast, wild landscapes since 1985. This captivating article explores his deep connection with this rugged paradise, the unique experiences he offers, and the unforgettable journey he takes us on through Lake Clark National Park.

A Bush Pilot’s Home in Alaska

Joel’s story is deeply intertwined with the Alaskan wilderness. Having called this region home for decades, he and his family, Courtney and Dana, have embraced a life in harmony with nature. Their subsistence lifestyle is a testament to their deep respect and understanding of their environment.

The Wonders of Lake Clark National Park

Joel takes us on an immersive journey into the heart of Lake Clark National Park. This video tour reveals the stunning beauty and the tranquil lifestyle that Alaska is known for. From the excitement of hunting and fishing to the serene experiences of hiking and kayaking, Joel showcases a profoundly connected life with nature. He even shares the refreshing experience of swimming in Alaska’s frigid waters!

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A Unique Bed and Breakfast Experience

Central to Joel’s story is their family-run bed and breakfast. This isn’t just any accommodation; it’s a place where guests are welcomed as family members. Every stay offers adventure and relaxation, providing an authentic Alaskan experience. Whether visitors seek a peaceful retreat or an adventure in the wild, they are guaranteed an authentic glimpse into the Alaskan way of life.

Captivated by Alaska’s Natural Beauty

Joel’s narrative paints Alaska as a place of ‘National Geographic Beauty.’ This description is apt for Lake Clark National Park’s breathtaking views and experiences. The video invites viewers to discover why Alaska’s beauty is unmatched and why the experiences there are incomparable to any other.

Ready to see this ‘National Geographic Beauty’ for yourself? At Alaska’s Backcountry Inn, we offer customized helicopter expeditions that take you right into the heart of Alaska’s stunning wilderness. Each tour is tailored to your interests, whether it’s soaring over the majestic Tuxedni Glacier, following the trails of silver salmon, or exploring the historic Fossil Beach. Our expeditions are more than just tours; they are personalized adventures designed to connect you deeply with Alaska’s natural wonders.

A Call to Adventure

This blog post is more than just a story about a bush pilot and his family; it’s an invitation to explore Alaska’s pristine wilderness. For those intrigued by Joel’s experiences and the promise of Alaska, a visit to their website at Alaska’s Backcountry Inn offers more information and the opportunity to embark on your Alaskan adventure.


Ready for the Alaskan Adventure of a Lifetime?

Embark on your journey with us today. Alaska’s Backcountry Inn offers a unique blend of Alaskan wilderness and comfort. Our family-run retreat in Port Alsworth invites guests to experience the tranquility and beauty of Alaska, nurtured by generations of passionate caretakers. Whether exploring the wild through our exclusive helicopter tours, relaxing in our cozy cabins, or embarking on an adventure with our tour packages, every experience is designed to connect you deeply with the spirit of Alaska.

  • Lodging: Discover our cozy cabins, where comfort meets wilderness.
  • Tour Packages: Choose from a range of tours and expeditions, each promising an unforgettable Alaskan adventure.
  • Gallery: Browse through our gallery to witness the breathtaking beauty of Alaska’s landscapes and wildlife.
  • Contact: Reach out to us for any inquiries or to plan your perfect Alaskan getaway.
  • Book the Cabin: Secure your spot in paradise. Visit our website to book your stay at Alaska’s Backcountry Inn and start your journey into the wild.

Your Alaskan Adventure Starts Here

Join our family at the Backcountry Inn and experience Alaska through the eyes of locals who cherish it. Led by Joel, a seasoned bush pilot with decades of flying across Alaska’s stunning landscapes, our unique helicopter tours offer a journey and a narrative of the Alaskan spirit.

Stay in our cozy cabins run by Courtney and Dana, who grew up embracing the Alaskan wilderness and its subsistence lifestyle. Here, you’re not just a guest but part of our story, treated with genuine care and warmth. Discover Alaska with us, where every tour and stay is infused with personal touches and deep-rooted passion for this magnificent land.

Book Now and Start Your Journey

Ready to experience the soul of Alaska at the Backcountry Inn? Click the link below to explore our lodging and tour options, view our captivating gallery, and book your stay. Your gateway to wilderness bliss awaits.

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