This has been my 3rd trip to remote Saltery Lake Lodge located on Kodiak Island, Alaska. As with previous trips, the experience was excellent. This year's trip took place the last week of July. We were picked up at the Kodiak City airport and taken to the floatplane for the 30-minute flight to Saltery Lake, the location of the lodge. The lodge sits on the edge of the lake and provided us with front porch fishing for good-sized Dolly Varden and Arctic Char. The lodge provided 3 good home-style meals each day, a comfortable bed and a friendly staff. The lodge’s accommodations were modestly furnished remote cabins set up in a duplex format. A recent upgrade to the lodge provided us with minimal (a daily download limit exists) satellite based internet access. And the lodge has gone green by installing solar panels for power. Each day we went out on 2 guided fishing trips on Saltery Creek looking for salmon. This trip provided us with Sockeye to 8 pounds and Pinks to 5 pounds. On my 2 previous trips, in early August, we have caught Sockeye, Pink and Chum salmon. And, I know that later in September Silvers are abundant in the creek. During each trip we have seen lots of grizzly bears. They are magnificent to watch. We have never had a problem as they are also fishing and focused on getting ready for winter. The guides are great. They are very knowledgeable about the area and the Alaskan fishing regulations and techniques. As we have always fly fished, the guides are at the ready to help you with your fish, equipment, fishing hints and even flies.
Note that this is remote Alaska, so expect wet weather and wildlife sightings. On this trip we had a couple of light rainy days and we saw lots of grizzly bears, bald eagles and a very friendly fox. Oh yes, we also saw the island’s wild horses and buffalo. So, a raincoat and camera are a must.
In summary, for the price, and the price is very reasonable compared to other remote Alaskan lodges, this is a high value experience. Expect to have lots of great salmon fishing, bear viewing, good food, good accommodations and great fun.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just being here is an adventure! We offer a variety of exciting activities to make sure your stay with us will be a vacation of a lifetime.We are the only lodge, or structure for that matter, on Saltery Lake, which is located on Kodiak Island about 2 miles from Ugak Bay and Saltery Cove, a true wilderness setting. We have four salmon rivers which are accessible from the lodge by foot or four-wheel-drive vehicle. Getting here is only a 15 minute flight from the City of Kodiak in our floatplane which provides transportation to and from the lodge as part of your week long package. No extra charter fees apply!Naturally, fly fishing is our most popular activity, but these fish can be caught on conventional spinning gear any time. Our guides are happy to assist you with instruction, flies, lures, licenses and camaraderie as desired, and will fillet, freeze, and pack any fish you wish to take home. We enjoy huge runs of Silver (Coho), Red (Sockeye), Pink (Humpy) and Chum (Keta) Salmon in Saltery River, Ugak Bay and Saltery Lake. Dolly Varden and Rainbow Trout are always in abundance. For lucky anglers, Steelhead Trout will be found early and late in the season, and Starry Flounder can be caught from the beach!Other popular activities include hiking, viewing or photographing abundant wildlife. Bald eagles, waterfowl, Sitka Blacktail Deer, red and silver fox, and Kodiak Brown Bear are prevalent. Unique to Saltery Cove, wild horses and bison are now common visitors!Saltery Lake Lodge is simply the best location and salmon fishing in Alaska! ... more less