Beach Activities

Boardwalk tide pools at dusk

You don’t need to pack a swimsuit and sunscreen to enjoy a day at the beach in Southeast Alaska. (You will want that swimsuit for our outdoor Jacuzzi!) Although you probably won’t want to hit the waves or take up surfing while you’re here, there are a number of beach activities to tempt everyone from the most adventurous outdoorsman to the casual nature lover. With almost 1,000 miles of coastline, Prince of Wales Island offers plenty of locations to enjoy beachcombing, tide pool exploration, [Read More]

Alaska Sockeye Salmon Fact Sheet

Boardwalk fishing guide Kris Atkins holds sockeye salmon for guest photo op

Names Common Name: Sockeye Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus tshawytscha Other Names: Red Salmon or Blueback Sockeye Salmon Description Color & Markings: Sea going Sockeye (and those that have recently entered rivers to spawn), have iridescent silvery sides and a white belly. Their backs are a metallic blue-green color. They may have fine, black speckling on their back, but they do not have large distinct spots. As the fish progress farther up river, they turn bright red (hence their [Read More]

Jigging for Alaskan Halibut

Chris Brewer fishing for Alaskan halibut

by Chris Brewer Alaska halibut fishing is the #1 offshore sport fishery in the state and with good reason: The fishing is fun, the meat is tasty and versatile, and the sights are spectacular (especially on a sunny day in Southeast Alaska). While you can catch halibut in pretty much any part of the ocean along the coast, Alaska’s Boardwalk Lodge offers exceptional saltwater fishing trips among the protected waters of Alaska's Inside Passage. Boardwalk's saltwater skippers know where the [Read More]

Alaska Steelhead & Rainbow Trout Fact Sheet

Kristen Atkins lands Alaska Steelhead on Prince of Wales Island

Names Common Name: Steelhead Trout/Rainbow Trout Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus mykiss Other Names: Chromers, Silver Bullets, Sea-run Rainbows, Gray ghosts, Rainbows or Square-tails Steelhead Description Color & Markings: Adult steelhead have two very different physical appearances. Adult rainbow trout do not. In the ocean, and for a time after returning to freshwater, steelhead are bright silver in color with some irregular shaped spots on their back. They look very much like silver [Read More]

Best Tactics for Fishing Alaska’s Steelhead Trout

Fishing guide Jay Mar lands his first Alaska Steelhead of the season

by Chris Brewer Despite their voracity, durability, and resilience, Steelhead Trout are, without a doubt, Alaska’s most high-maintenance fish. Catching one is like spotting the hottest, most meticulous, intelligent, accomplished person around and deciding in advance, “That’s who I’m going to take home.” Steelhead fishing takes prior planning, a proper approach, an excellent lure, attentiveness, and a quick wit. Plan Your Attack You’ll need to know where to look for Steelhead. Look for cut [Read More]

Alaska Silver Salmon Fishing on the Fly

Coho Salmon fishing (aka Silver Salmon) in Southeast Alaska

by John Conger As originally published in American Outdoorsman Magazine — Summer 2018 Wham, another wild ‘Slamming Silver’ Salmon just crushed my 1982 Pink Pixie lure on light tackle on a remote stream on the last day of my salmon fishing trip on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska. Just like the previous five, (limit is six) this 15-pound hooked-nosed beast took the monofilament out of my spool at warp speed. Down the stream it flew, using the swift current like a [Read More]

Alaska Steelhead Fishing: Experience the Hunt, Prepare for a Fight, Savor the Release

Chris Brewer catches her first Alaska Steelhead

by Chris Brewer Alaska steelhead fishing is one of the most sensual and gratifying fishing experiences in the world. It is a fishery for the dedicated, the patient. For the fishermen (and women) who enjoy the experience of the hunt as much as they do the catch. Those who are willing to put in a little more effort than most, and endure a little more cold than most, because, in the end, the payoff is second to none. Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) are the sea-going siblings of Rainbow Trout. [Read More]

Boardwalk’s 2018 Show Schedule

Below is a current list of the scheduled events where Alaska's Boardwalk Lodge will be participating. These are always fun experiences in which we have the opportunity to talk about our two favorite subjects: fishing and Alaska's great outdoor adventures. [Read More]

Top 10 Reasons to Stay at Boardwalk Lodge

Main guest lodge at Boardwalk

Above all, we pride ourselves on personal attention and service in all we do. Here are 10 other reasons to book your Alaska trip with us: Orvis Endorsed. The exclusive Orvis endorsement is only awarded to the finest fishing lodges in the world. Boardwalk is among a select group of lodges that meet the high standards of the Orvis program. Your fishing vacation is too valuable to waste on poor facilities or guide incompetence. More about our Orvis Endorsement » Fishing Variety. Fresh or [Read More]

Alaska Glacier Tours

Preparing for takeoff from the lodge

Alaska glacier tours* are unquestionably bucket-list adventures, offering unparalleled views in a spectacular charter flight experience. Aerial tours can be arranged that depart from and return to Boardwalk's dock, right on the resort property. Excursions are guided by experienced Alaska pilots in modern jet-prop aircraft. Each passenger in your group will have their own window seat and headset, flying in complete comfort. You can immerse yourself in Alaska's beauty and experience [Read More]