About Samaritan Lodge

A Place of Healing for America’s Heroes

Operation Heal Our Patriots, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, focuses on bringing spiritual refreshment, physical renewal, and marriage enrichment to wounded and injured U.S. military service members and their spouses.

To thank these brave men and women for their service and sacrifice, we offer programs uniquely developed to strengthen the marriage relationship and build hope for the future through the transforming power of God’s Word.

The initial introduction to the Operation Heal Our Patriots family is a once-in-a-lifetime experience at Samaritan Lodge. The former fishing camp sits along the protected shores of Hardenburg Bay in the southwestern portion of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. One of the deepest lakes in Alaska, Lake Clark stretches for 42 miles through the glories of the Alaskan wild.

"Our week in Alaska really opened up our eyes to see God is still there. It was us that backed up, not Him." —Army Sergeant Ken and Jessica Lind

Spending time and forging friendships with other military couples is a key component of each week. “We love it because we’re around people who understand,” said Joey Caswell, wife of Army Sergeant Charles Caswell.

Spending time and forging friendships with other military couples is a key component of each week. “We love it because we’re around people who understand,” said Joey Caswell, wife of Army Sergeant Charles Caswell.

Within the great wilderness of America’s last frontier, we minister to the needs of America’s own victims of war. Wounded military service members and their spouses have the opportunity to stay for one week, including travel time, to enjoy renewal and spiritual refreshment away from the stress and strain of daily life surrounded by a landscape of lakes, mountains, glaciers, rivers, and waterfalls.

Each day begins with breakfast and devotions led by our on-site chaplains. Our chaplains also lead our Marriage Resiliency Workshop, a week-long course that provides couples Biblical tools and time-tested wisdom as they learn what God’s Word says about developing, maintaining, and fighting for a healthy, Godly marriage and family.

Our chaplains also offer one-on-one and couples counseling as participants face questions and consider issues often not addressed in the busyness of daily life back home.

What to Expect

The wilderness retreat center has more than 25 buildings, including cabins, wood-fired saunas, a fitness facility, and a full-service community dining hall and lunch café where meals are prepared each day by our on-site chef and cooking staff

Wide porches overlooking Lake Clark invite relaxation, while evening fires provide a welcoming venue for conversation and laughter. Each day, our staff chaplain leads devotions and marriage enrichment courses.

Cozy cabins named after Alaskan wildlife provide a relaxing space for couples to unwind. This cabin, Ptarmigan, gets its moniker from Alaska’s state bird.

Cozy cabins named after Alaskan wildlife provide a relaxing space for couples to unwind. This cabin, Ptarmigan, gets its moniker from Alaska’s state bird.

Couples stay in their own personal cabin, with amenities that include a queen-size bed, full bath with provided toiletries, hot and cold running water, heat, and daily housekeeping service. All cabins and main buildings are within short walking distance of each other, and interconnected boardwalks ensure that all lodge facilities are fully accessible.

Guests enjoy a wide range of activities such as fishing, kayaking, hiking, bear watching, and boating. Our specialized 34-foot boat is outfitted with a folding bow that transitions into a ramp to the shore, providing easy access. Specific activities are tailored for each group of visitors. The wilderness retreat center is open from June through mid September. Guests will stay for one week, including travel time.

Travel to Alaska

All travel to and from Samaritan Lodge Alaska is planned, provided, and paid for by Samaritan’s Purse.

Commercial flights will be booked for Sundays from the most convenient airport to Anchorage. Here guests will transfer to a private plane and take the 150 mile journey to Lake Clark National Park.

Lodge staff greet guests at the air strip near Samaritan Lodge Alaska and drives them the short distance to the wilderness retreat center. From there couples are guided by a staff member to the front door of their personal cabin.

Sample Schedule

Curious about what a typical day is like for the military couples of Operation Heal Our Patriots wilderness and marriage retreat? Below is a sample schedule of what a day may be like for you and your spouse during your stay at the Samaritan Lodge.

0700 - Breakfast
0745 - Chaplain-led Devotions
0830 - Marriage Resiliency Classes
0930 - Fishing (via floatplane or boat)/Wildlife Viewing/Hiking/Camp Activity
1200 - Lunch
1300 - Fishing/Wildlife Viewing/Hiking/Camp Activity
1600 - Return to the Lodge
1800 - Dinner
1930 - Marriage Resiliency Classes
2100 - Fire Pit/Free Time/Opportunities for Chaplain Conversations

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