Though most people come to Scott Lake Lodge for the fishing, everyone appreciates the opportunity to view some of North America's most rare species as well as some inspiring common ones.
You will see and hear loons every day on Scott and any of the fly out lakes. Their wild and thrilling call echoes across Scott Lake every night. These are the real birds of paradise.
It's a rare day when you don't spot an eagle here in the perfect habitat for the national US symbol. Eagles are opportunistic and will sometimes pick up after our shore lunches.
Often called the "fish hawk" or "fish eagle" the osprey rivals the loon (and out guests) as a great angler. They crash into the lake with reckless abandon and often pull out small pike, whitefish, or lake trout.
Someone at Scott Lake sees a black bear almost every day. Well its tough sledding this far north for many large mammals, black bears have a great solution: they just sleep through the howling gales of our long and frigid winters.
The biggest moose on record was an 1800 pound beast shot along the Yukon River. The moose at Scott Lake don't get quite that big, but they can still weigh as much as half a ton.
For over a decade a pack of wolves claimed the area just north of the lodge as the heart of their territory. They aren't as common of a sighting any more, but you may still spot some around Scott Lake and many of the fly outs.
There is nothing else that looks like a musk ox, they are truly the ultimate northerner. Surprisingly short but very stocky, most weigh around 500 pounds.
Wolverines are known for being almost as gluttonous as they are vicious. Although they weigh just 40-70 they have been filmed challenging a grizzly for a carcass and are known to drive black bears out of their territory
No wildlife species has had more influence on a continent than the beaver has had on North America. The quest for their luxurious pelts drove the exploration of the north - without them there would probably not be a Scott Lake Lodge today.
Just like our guests, the otter likes to do nothing but fish and play. They exclusively eat fish but are not particularly picky, eating whatever they can catch. Otters have been spotted around the lodge but they are most common at Labyrinth Lake.
This nifty little animal is common around Scott Lake but rarely seen because it is nocturnal. A few years ago a pair of martens took up residence under Caribou Condo, keeping the rabbit population in check and picking up any scraps they could find.
Though this territory is not necessarily a birder's dream, you will still spot plenty of feathered friends from geese and gulls to warblers and woodpeckers.
It wouldn't be a trip to Scott Lake Lodge without spotting plenty of the biggest fish you've ever seen