I have had the good fortune of being able to visit Alaska many times due to the fact that my brother lives on the Kenai river. Needless to say I have enjoyed many great memories with my family and friends fishing the Kenai. This year two of my friends and I decided spend a couple days on the Kenai then to fly down to Afognak Wilderness Lodge. I had read many of the reviews and it sounded like a great lodge, but what really helped make our final decision was the fact that we could stay for less than a full week. We ended up staying for 3 nights in early July. This might be one of the most beautiful places on earth! We flew in from Homer a day late due to fog. We thought we would end up losing a night but not so. I called Shannon and told her we could not get out of Homer, she checked her schedule and said "Why don't you come down tomorrow and we'll add the day on the end?" I knew right then this was going to be a great group of people to work with. When we landed at the Lodge that next morning the first thing Luke, Shannon's son and our guide, asked us was "How much fish do you want to ship back?" That sums it up, it's not if you will catch fish, it's how much do you want. It turns out that the fishing is only a small fraction of the fun at this Lodge. We told Luke that we had no agenda and really wanted to see anything he would like to show us. We saw everything, bears, whales, porpoise, sea lion, puffins, beautiful water falls within a virgin spruce moss covered forest, of course the local celebrity foxes and fish, boy did we catch fish. Halibut, (My friend caught a 100 pounder his first catch), Ling cod (Huge Ling Cod), Yellow Eye rockfish and Bass. We were between the two salmons runs so we knew that would not be on the menu, though we did manage to catch a few of those as well. As mentioned in other reviews, there is so much to do that you don't spend a lot of time in the cabin but what a pleasant surprise they were. Very clean, built out of Huge Spruce logs with comfortable beds and recliners, hot showers and a view that is hard to describe. The main lodge, where Shannon lives and opens her home to all guests, is where we had breakfast and dinners every day. What a feast! Bryan, the chef, is fantastic. Each morning we had made from scratch biscuits and muffins, fresh fruit, eggs bacon, reindeer sausage, toast, coffee, and juice. Then, as we were getting our sandwiches for the boat lunch Bryan would ask if we would like fish for dinner and would we mind if he prepared it this way or that way. Dinners were spectacular, just as wonderful as breakfast only more interesting, and he was happy to tell you what it was and how he prepared it. From the very first day we had the feeling of being part of the family. Everyone was friendly and seemed happy to be there. This is a first class operation, everything from the 2 new 40' catamaran boats to the fishing gear, the fish processing and freezing facility to the cabins and the food. If you want to truly experience a little piece of Heaven on earth, this is the place to go. We have already started making plans to take our wives next year. Thanks Luke, Josh, Shannon, Garrett, Bryan and Jordan for sharing your home with us, can't wait to see you again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located in the heart of a coastal state park with a wide variety & abundance of land/marine wildlife plus outstanding fresh/saltwater fishing and we've been one of Alaska's favorite true-wilderness lodges since 1974. To reach us, you fly to Anchorage, connect to & overnight in Kodiak then, the next morning, the float-plane service will pick you up from your hotel lobby, have you on our dock by 9:00am . . . and the adventure begins. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Afognak Wilderness Hotel Kodiak Island