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Trip Information for Southeast Alaska and Boardwalk Lodge

Below are a number of frequently asked questions. If your question is not addressed below, please contact us for more information.

 
Where is Alaska’s Boardwalk Lodge?
Boardwalk Lodge is located on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska – a short 33-minute floatplane ride west of Ketchikan. It is positioned on the North East corner of the island, facing Alaska’s famous Inside Passage.

How much does it cost?
Current season rates are published on our Lodge Rates page, including peak season and reduced pricing for shoulder season packages. Published group and child rate discounts may be announced, as well as allowances for non-fishing guests.

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How do we get there?
Guests traveling from “the lower 48” fly to Seattle’s SeaTac airport, take a 90-minute Alaska Airlines flight to Ketchikan, then a breathtakingly beautiful 33-minute float plane from Ketchikan to the dock at Boardwalk Lodge.

Ferry service is also available between Ketchikan and Hollis and guests can arrange to have a lodge staff member meet them at the dock in Hollis. Private and corporate aircraft can fly into Klawock (45 min. drive) and tie downs are available free of charge. Call ahead and we’ll be there when you land.

What weather conditions can we expect?
The climate on Prince of Wales Island is that of high latitude rainforest. Weather conditions change frequently and often without warning, especially during spring and fall months. Temperatures in spring and fall range from 35-65 degrees, while summer temperatures range from 45-75 degrees. Weather is generally comparable to that of Seattle. Water conditions on the Inside Passage, where Boardwalk Lodge is located, are much less windy than elsewhere and “glass” or “oily” calm water is not uncommon. Get current Southeast Alaska weather information.

What’s the time zone and when is sunrise and sunset?
Alaska time is one hour later than Pacific time, two hours behind Mountain Time, three hours behind Central Time and four hours behind Eastern Time. Daylight savings time occurs as in most states from April to October. Get sunrise and sunset information on your trip. (Select Ketchikan, Thorne Bay, or Craig for the nearest locations.)

What are check-in and check-out times at Alaska’s Boardwalk Lodge?
You need to arrange your transportation to arrive at the lodge by 6 PM. Your flight to Ketchikan must arrive prior to 5 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM on the day of departure (all times are local). This will enable you to catch a 12 PM or later Alaska Airlines flight from Ketchikan.

Depending on occupancy, it may be possible to accommodate early check-in or late check-out to allow for additional fishing opportunities, beyond your booked reservations. Fishing rates outside your normal stay are as follows: half-day (fewer than four hours) is $400/person; full-day (up to 10 hours) is $800/person.

Be sure to let the reservationist know of any special needs when booking, so that appropriate arrangements can be made for your party.

What clothing should I bring?
Bring comfortable, casual clothing appropriate for temperatures ranging from 45-75 degrees. Layered clothing is recommended so you can adjust to changing conditions. Wool and synthetic insulating materials are excellent, and we recommend layers of differing materials, (e.g., cotton for comfort, and wool or fleece on top for warmth). Consider bringing a small backpack or dry bag that you can take on the boat to store personal items and extra layers. Dress for dinner is casual.

What about insect protection?
While stories about the size and aggressiveness of mosquitoes in Alaska are plentiful, the reality here is much different. Depending on the season and weather and wind conditions, guests can expect little more than a mild threat from airborne pests. Boardwalk Lodge staff work hard to control mosquito and No-See-Um populations around the lodge, and DEET based repellent and protective netting are available for your comfort.

Can I bring my own fishing gear and tackle?
Boardwalk Lodge is noted for its superior quality equipment and provides all the rods, reels, waders, and protective gear you will need for a successful fishing experience. Top-of-the line Orvis gear is available for fly fishing, while Lamiglas rods and Okuma reels are used for spin casting and saltwater fishing.

Guests who prefer to bring their own gear are welcome to do so. However, please note:

  • Felt bottom boots for freshwater anglers are banned by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to prevent invasive species.
  • Additional weight due to personal gear may limit the amount of fish that you are able to fly out.

See additional information on recommended gear for both freshwater spin casting and fly fishing.

How do we get to freshwater lakes and streams?
Boardwalk Lodge is unique among Alaska’s fishing lodges in that it is close to both fresh and saltwater fishing. This makes costly and time consuming fly-outs unnecessary, though they are available if you prefer. The lodge boasts 23 fishable lakes, streams, and rivers within a short, scenic drive, and a fleet of Suburbans to get you to the fish quickly, comfortably, and safely.

What kinds of fishing boats are available?
Only the best! Each of our new or nearly new 26 foot V-Hull Cuddy style boats has a heated cabin with sanitary facilities, GPS navigation, fish finders and radio communication equipment onboard. Just 4 guests to a vessel. These boats are particularly well suited for Alaska fishing, water and weather conditions. Boat captains are all coast guard certified and trained in CPR and first aid.

How long can I fish with a Guide or Captain each day?
Captains and guides are scheduled for ten hours fishing time each day, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional hours may be arranged with the lodge manager at his discretion for a moderate per-hour cost.

How do I obtain an Alaska fishing license?
Once flight arrangements have been made and confirmed, we will send you a link to essential online forms to fill out (hard copy forms available upon request). Simply complete the forms and click submit. Your fishing license will be waiting at the lodge when you arrive. If for some reason you are unable to complete the forms, you will be able to do so after you arrive. Cost for the Alaska fishing license is included in your package.

How is my fish handled?
As soon as your catch is aboard, it is placed in the boat’s icebox for safekeeping. At the end of the day, (while you relax and prepare for hors d’oeuvres and dinner), your catch is taken to a prep area where the fish is cleaned, filleted or cut into steaks, portioned, vacuum packed, labeled, quick frozen, and packaged into 50 lb. boxes for easy transport.

How do I get my fish home?
Boxes of fish will remain frozen for 48 hours outside of a freezer. Guests whose return trips last longer than that can rent freezer lockers in Ketchikan and Seattle airports. In addition, most hotels en route are accustomed to handling frozen “luggage” for their guests. If you prefer, frozen fish can be shipped via FedEx every Tuesday and Thursday. Normal shipping charges apply.

What activities are available for children?
Boardwalk Lodge is an ideal place for great family vacations. Children ten years and older can accompany their parents on fishing boats. Day care or babysitting service is not available so please don’t bring younger children along without someone to care for them during the day.

The lodge has a wide selection of DVD movies, board games, and Sony PS2 video games available for its guests. Several Portable DVD players are also available and can be taken onto boats to keep children entertained while parents fish. (Be aware that the kids often catch more and bigger fish than their parents!)

In addition, children are welcome to make use of all other guest amenities available:

  • Mountain bikes
  • Kayaking (with adults)
  • Jacuzzi (under 16 with adult supervision)
  • Nature hikes on nearby trails
  • Horseshoes
  • Dock fishing

How about beverage service?
Boat coolers are stocked with your choice of soft drinks, bottled water and popular beer brands. House wine and beer are available free of charge, while you enjoy a delicious assortment of appetizers and hors d’oeuvres.

We stock an assortment of other alcoholic beverages for purchase. Premium wines by the glass and mixed drinks are available for a nominal fee.