Fishing, Adventure & Sports


Our Matanuska-Susitna Valley has some of the best trout and salmon fishing in Alaska. We have never known a persistent fisherman to leave dissatisfied. You will have the best luck with a guide who normally furnishes all the gear you need except hip boots and license.

One of the best guides in our area is FishTale River Guides: (907) 376-3687. A six-hour fishing trip costs approximately $140 per person, while eight-hour trips are $200 per person. Normally the best fishing is very early morning or late evening. We have had many of our guests over the last 22 years consistently praise FishTale.

Fisherman’s Choice also provides day and weekend guided fishing trips.

If you prefer to go out on your own, fishing for salmon, trout, dolly varden, grayling and northern pike can be done on any of the countless lakes and streams nearby.

Fishing licenses, tackle and good information can be obtained at 3 Rivers Fly & Tackle in Wasilla. They are located across from the Railroad Depot. (907) 373-5434.

Ron’s Riverboat Service: (907-495-7700) Also charters on the Susitna River drainage.

We also have many guests who go Halibut fishing at Whittier (2 hours each way), Seward (2.5 hours each way) and Homer (5 hours each way if driving, 2 hours if drive/fly). Try Crystal Sea Charters in Homer (800) 770-0181.

If you need additional guide information please let us know. We provide freezer space and a barbecue.

Trekking on Matanuska Glacier

Trekking on Matanuska Glacier

Glacier Trekking

MICA Guides (907-351-7587) is located at the base of the glacier. Options include glacier trekking, ice climbing and mountaineering adventures.

NOVA Alaska’s Adventure Company (907-745-5754) offers four hour guided glacier hikes. Combination glacier trekking and river rafting trips are also available at the terminus of the glacier.

Matanuska River

Matanuska River

River Rafting

Several river rafting adventures are available near the Agate Inn. Both guides provide all the necessary equipment.

NOVA Alaska’s Adventure Company (907-745-5754) offers several options on the Matanuska River and the Chickaloon River. The Glacier Run, Class II and III starts at the Matanuska Glacier. Lion Head, Class IV whitewater rafting runs 14 miles of the Matanuska River.

Lifetime Adventures (907-746-4644) rafts Eagle River. Choose half-day scenic floats, whitewater trips, or a combination of the two.

Heli-hiking and Heli-skiing

To reach areas off the road system, Last Frontier Air Ventures (907-745-5701) offers helicopter hiking, fishing and skiing adventures. Take a helicopter ride to King Mountain for a day climb or spend a day skiing on a high mountain glacier, even in the middle of the summer.

The mountains and valleys surrounding the Agate Inn have unlimited adventure possibilities for the whole family.


Palmer has an 18 hole par 72 golf course (907-745-4653). Wasilla has Settlers Bay Golf Course, 18 holes (907-376-5466), and Sleepy Hollow Golf Course with nine holes, par 27, (907-376-5948).


There are several speedways and raceways in the Valley. North Star Speedway (907-746-6825) is the official NASCAR raceway.

Bike & Kayak Rental

Eklutna Lake (a natural glacier fed lake and Anchorage’s water source) is 12 miles long. Lifetime Adventures (907-746-4644) has kayak, bike and other rentals and guided nature walks.

It is approximately 35 minutes to Eklutna Lake from the Inn. The bike trail which goes around the lake to Eklutna is one of the best bike trails (level) in the area. Twin Peak Trail in the Eklutna area is a two or three hour hike and a good place to view dall sheep.