The Squid Acres Kennel is devoted to the quality care and enjoyment of our sled dogs. If the dogs aren't having fun ... we don't have fun. Over the past few years, we have been building our kennel with a variety of dogs and pups from reputable racing kennels, a handful of dogs from the Fairbanks Animal Shelter, and in the past, we have also helped the second chance league by fostering a dog when we can give a little extra attention.
For the past 10 years, we have been running some mid-distance races with some nice finishes in races such as Gin Gin 200, Chatanika 200, Yukon Quest 300, and Copper Basin 300. The plan for the 2022 season is for 2 teams to run as many mid-distance races as possible and one team in the 1000 mile Yukon Quest and Iditarod races.
Squid Acres Kennel offers a variety of dog mushing activities for a variety of experience levels. We have two locations to choose from. Most of our tours begin from our Cantwell location, on the picturesque Denali Highway. Our second location is at the Old Susitna Lodge, Mile Post 77 on the Denali Highway. Whether you are interested in a kennel visit to meet the dogs, going for your first dogsled ride, learning to run your own team, going on a guided multi-day adventure, or interested in dog team support on your human-powered expedition, Squid Acres has got you covered.
What we'll do
Join Iditarod and Yukon Quest mushers, Paige Drobny and Cody Strathe for a summer mushing experience at the Old Susitna Lodge at Milepost 78 on the scenic Denali Highway. Get a tour of the kennel and meet the amazing canine athletes who run the two hardest dogsled races in the world. We will hook up a team to a 5 passenger ATV and ride along. This is a private, hands-on experience.
You’ll get the chance to meet the dogs, one on one. Learn what it takes to train for and run the world's toughest sled dog races, the Yukon Quest and Iditarod. You will also get to help hook up the team and go for a training run. Don’t miss your chance to see these athletes doing what they love!
What to expect / what's provided
* Duration: 2 Hours
*We reserve the right to cancel or shorten the dog ride portion of the tour due to high temperatures for the safety of the dogs.
*We can accommodate groups larger than 10 and different time periods with prior notice.
*Minimum 2 to book
*All experiences are private group only
Customers will receive a full refund or credit with 72 hours' notice of cancellation. Customers will also receive a full refund or credit in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price. No refunds for arriving more than 1/2 hour late. We strongly recommend that you get travel insurance before your trip to cover unexpected last-minute cancellations.
Inclement Weather Cancellations:
Summer: We reserve the right to shorten or cancel the dog run portion of the tour due to hot temperatures for the safety of the dogs. Tours will not be stopped due to cold or rainy weather. Please bring rain gear and clothing appropriate for weather conditions. A partial refund may be given if the tour must be shortened due to warm temperatures.
Winter: Tours will be canceled if road conditions are unsafe for travel of our vehicles or if temperatures are colder than -20 degrees Fahrenheit. Cancellations due to weather will be fully refunded.