Master Guide Billy FitzGerald
Billy FitzGerald is a native Bostonian, who migrated to Alaska in the early 1970’s pursuing a long-time dream of adventure in the Alaskan wilderness.
Mr. FitzGerald worked many years for outfitters, sport fishing lodges and commercial fishermen. He hunted, trapped and survived ten winters of dog mushing and mountain wilderness travel. It was in the Alaskan wilderness where Billy honed his hunting and survival skills.
In 1984 Billy founded his guide service, Denali Guides & Outfitters. This was the culmination of many years living and working in the Alaskan wilderness from the north side of the Brooks Range to the southern tip of the Alaska Peninsula and includes months-long adventures throughout the entire arc of the Alaska Range.
The village of Talkeetna has been Billy's home and base of operations since 1977. Talkeetna sits on the edge of pure Alaskan wilderness and is located at the junction of three major glacial rivers. It is road accessible but also an established portal to some of the finest hunting, fishing and wilderness adventures in the entire continent of North America.
Experience, Dedication and Commitment to Two of Alaska's Most Precious Resources: Alaskan Wildlife and the Alaskan Wilderness
Billy FitzGerald is a licensed commercial pilot with over 3500 hours of flying time in the Denali National Park area including the Alaska Range and the Talkeetna Mountains. He has accumulated over 3000 days in the field over the past 40 years and has become a valuable resource to agencies considering development in the vicinity of Denali National Park.
Billy FitzGerald is earnestly proactive. He is a member of several boards created to provide a conduit for communication between land managers, hunters and backcountry recreational users. His participation has resulted in many positive changes and actions. Billy has been or is currently a board member of the following agencies:
- Talkeetna Community Council, Inc.
- Talkeetna Parks Advisory Board
- Alaska State Parks Citizens Advisory Board
- Susitna Valley Advisory Committee to the Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game
- Northern Susitna Institute
- Sunshine Community Health Clinic
- Talkeetna Airman's Association (co-founder/executive director)
- Talkeetna Historical Society
Billy has achieved recognition and awards for work he has done to reduce human impacts on moose populations. He has flown low level surveys along the proposed Alaska Natural Gas Line for companies hired to locate live eagle nests and identify critical habitat along the intended route. He has worked with ADF&G biologists capturing, collaring and monitoring sharp-tailed grouse migration patterns in central Alaska. He is also currently working with the non-profit group, Cook Inlet Keepers, flying biologists out to remote locations for salmon stream habitat study and water quality evaluation.
Billy FitzGerald became an Alaskan state licensed Master Guide in 1996.