We spent 6 days in mid-July at RIRL. The lodge is a 2 hour boat ride from Kodiak, during which you are treated to spectacular scenery and quick glimpses of abundant marine life. When you arrive at the lodge you can hardly believe such an enchanting little place could be found so far from almost anything.
Hosts Birch and Tiffany, as well as their crackerjack staff, do all they can to ensure your stay is perfect. They can be as attentive or as elusive as you wish them to be.The atmosphere is laid back and friendly.
During our stay guest ranged from first timers to guest who had visited multiple years. While many guest came for fishing, I was surprised by how many came just to enjoy hiking, kayaking, and the solitude of Raspberry Island.
The cabins are delightful. Considering the remote destination and that this is a fishing lodge, I wasn't expecting to be so comfortable. Both our cabins had 4 (very comfortable) bunk beds w/ down comforters, a picnic type table, and some shelving and racks for storage. The bathroom was attractive with all the modern amenities. Everything was spotlessly clean. The cabins are spread around the hillside property and great care has been taken to make the entire lodge eco friendly.
If your a fan of seafood you'll be thrilled w/ the fare at this lodge. Meals are served family style, the ingredients are all fresh, and meals are prepared and presented very nicely. If you don't care for seafood be sure to let them know ahead of time. All of our dinners and some of our breakfast were seafood based.
Obviously fishing is the main draw here. The boat, as well as the fishing equipment is all top notch. We have 2 avid fishermen in our group and they were extremely impressed w/ Birch's investment in high quality equipment. The boat was very comfortable, clean, well maintained and equipped w/ an unbelievable fish/depth finder. Birch worked very hard to put his guest on fish. Unfortunately, during our stay the salmon remained elusive. All parties did however get their limit on Halibut. Anyone who has ever captained a boat recognizes, sometime despite your best effort....the fish don't corporate. Even though fishing was not all we had hoped for, it would be difficult for anyone to go home disappointed after spending time in this spectacular, remote setting.
I do have 1 negative comment that some future guest may find helpful. There is an option available for photographers and wildlife watchers to spend the day on the boat enjoying these activities. The cost is the same as a full fishing fare, $300.00+per day. What I did not realize (but should have in hindsight) is that the only thing you will see or photograph, is something that swims directly up to the boat while people fish. A boat full of fisherman are not going to detour, slow, or stop to watch whales, otters, or porpoise. I should have figured that out on my own, but since I spent that much money, I expected that my interest would be considered in the schedule as well. I was wrong and I must admit I felt I was taken advantage of, on this one thing.
I suggest if you love wildlife or photography, save your money and spend your time walking the beach. The peace, solitude, and beauty is overwhelming. I spent hours and never saw another person, my only company was the constant chatter of eagles, and a lone Sitka deer who walked the beach a while with me!!
Raspberry Island Remote Lodge is a remarkable place. While I believe most people arrive thinking "its all about fishing", you quickly come to realize, it's that......and so much more!
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