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Review of Kodiak Raspberry Island Remote Lodge

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Kodiak Raspberry Island Remote Lodge
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“The Brothers' Fishing Trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2012

I gave my younger brother an all-expense paid fishing trip to the venue of his choice for his 50th birthday. He choose Alaska and wanted to do both salt-water fishing and fresh-water fishing. After a good bit of research, I decided on the Kodiak Raspberry Island Remote Lodge, which is a second generation family-owned facility. for our week long-trip.

Birch and Tiffany Robbins. the owners, live at the lodge year round with their two delightful children and bring on seasonal help. It is obvious that they spend almost all of the off-season continually improving the facility. Contrary to their web-site, they have recent;y added showers in all the cabins and have plans to further expand them. There are five cabins in total, one of which is the honeymoon chalet. Unlike many remote lodges, there is electricity 24/7 and an seemingly inexhaustible supply of water. Our cabin had two bunk beds, one of which had a queen size bed on the lower bunk. There was also a table and two benches. The bathroom was nice and spacious and the towel and sheets were of good quality. Heating was provided by an electric heater in the cabin; air conditioning is not necessary.

The main lodge has a porch with fly tying equipment and materials and a ping-pong table, a large living room with comfortable seating, an open kitchen and a separate dining room seating 20 at two tables. There is also satellite tv which no one turned on during our week there. There is also satellite wi-fi, with some limitations on band-width usage.

Just down the hill from the lodge at the waters edge is the boat shed, which houses a vast array of outdoor apparel for use by the guests, as well as the fish processing facility.

A typical day for us began with coffee at the lodge about 6:30, followed by breakfast at 7:30. Both the breakfast and dinner offerings are served family style and are different each day during the week. After breakfast, we set out on Birch's "six-pack" twin-diesel catamaran -- the Gemini -- at about 8:30 each morning. The tides and weather of course had a strong influence on where and what we fished for, but both brother and I limited out on halibut and salmon almost every day until the last day when we stopped keeping fish as we already had over 200 lbs in filets! (The lodge cleaned and filleted the fish, vacuum packed it and flash froze it at no additional charge.) The halibut fishing was interesting as it was not done exclusively in 300 feet plus of water, but also some 50-75 foot water. The sea rung silver salmon were not cooperating this year, but Birch found a river which was full of hungry silvers where we fished almost every day with fly rods. Birch anchored the Gemini in the bay and then we went up the river in the Zodiak, so there wasn't excessive hiking. Most days we probably averaged 20 slivers each brought to leader (we could only keep five a day each). Birch has a great selection of all kind of tackle, including very high quality fly rods. All lures, bait and flies were supplied at no additional charge. I particularly appreciated the fact that while Birch tended carefully to the less-experienced guests, he pretty much left me alone except when I needed a net-man. Not less importantly, Birch has a great sense of humor and kept all of us entertained during those days on the water.

Almost every day, we also retrieved two-crab pots not far from the lodge. Usually there were about six keeper snow crabs, which on return to the lodge were freshly steamed and served at the boathouse. In addition, there are two local beers on tap down by the boat-house, ingeniously kept at perfect temperature by a spring house. The beer was complimentary.

After returning from fishing each day about 5:00 and having some crab and beer whjle watching Birch clean and filet the fish, we would clean up and go to the lodge for appetizers and wine at about 6:30, followed by dinner at 7:30. The wines were quite good and served though dinner in unlimited quantity. Like breakfast, dinner was different each night. We had steak one night, king crab legs another, etc. Overall, the quality was good and the food was tasty. The Robbins eat with the guests at all meals. Lunch consists of custom order sandwiches, together with chips, cookies, etc.

In addition to fishing, the quests can enjoy hiking, kayaking, bear-viewing via plane, etc.

Raspberry Island lies to the west of the main island of Kodiak. We flew into Kodiak in the afternoon and Birch met us at the airport, were we were transported by taxi to the boat harbor and then to the lodge on Birch's boat. On our departure, a float-plane flew us back to Kodiak and transported us, our luggage and those 200 lbs of fish to the airport.

All-in--all, I strongly recommend this lodge, particularly if you want to combine salt and fresh water fishing in a well-run small remote location.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Auburn, Alabama
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2012

I always wanted to fish in Alaska and visit Kodiak Island so after a long internet search, a friend and I decided on Raspberry Island Remote Lodge. The lodge is remote. The only way to get to the lodge is by float plane or boat. Neighbors are few and far between. The hilly country side is green and scenic. Wildlife is abundant. Our half day of bear watching resulted in 2 sows with cubs catching spawning salmon. The lodge is family run headed by husband and wife, Birch and Tiffany. They and their 2 young children live at the lodge year round. I was happy with the outcome of my 5 day/6 night trip that included 3 days of ocean fishing, 1 day of bear watching/ kayaking and 1 day of river fly fishing. Accommodations were comfortable, food well prepared and lodge help and owners friendly, helpful and easy to socialize with. My friend and I shared a cabin for 4 with attached bathroom and hot shower. Literally, you are invited into the lodge owner's home. Meals are home-style and you eat with guests and the owners at large tables. Your trip events are customized to your liking and you receive, based on my research, the best value for your buck on Kodiak. Now a few details that may help others thinking of selecting Raspberry Island Remote Lodge for their vacation. Fishing on the 37 ft lodge boat is comfortable with a maximum of 6 people on the boat. Wind and waves were never a problem as numerous sheltered locations are available for fishing on the north side of Kodiak Island. I never received a single bug bite on any on my activities during the week. Never used any repellent. Weather was cool, and warm clothing is required, especially when on the water. I always used long underwear and several layers of clothing. The fishing boat has an enclosed cabin area which is warm and has a stand-up toilet. I never got cold and even removed clothing when the sun appeared for more than a few minutes. You do not need to take rain gear, boots, chest waders or fishing gear unless you want. The lodge provides top of the line rain, wading and fishing gear for both saltwater and fresh water fishing. The lodge has not wasted money on inferior outdoor gear and fishing tackle, I was impressed. Salmon fishing was not good this year, King and Silver salmon returns were poor. We worked hard for the salmon we caught but you get a solid 8 hours/day on the water; no shortcuts. Birch is an enthusiastic fishing guide and works hard to find and land fish. Our group was lucky, we managed to have a couple of good days catching King salmon but according to Birch, unusual to catch kings in August. Silver salmon were few and far between. Halibut fishing was good and eased the pain of not catching a limit of salmon. Halibut and other bottom fish were plentiful, my fishing companion caught a 121 lb halibut, if you don't mind hauling them from a depth of over 300ft. Thank the Lord for a reel with high and low gears. Another consideration would be some trip insurance. Kodiak City airport is often fogged in so planes from Anchorage are unable to land. Of the 6 days we were on Kodiak, planes from Anchorage were unable to land for a day and a half. As your time at Raspberry Island Lodge is carefully planned, if you arrive a day late, you lose that days activities. Usually no way to make them up. Finally, the days best activity and a highlight of my trip was the end of the day draft beer, crab eating and fish cleaning party. Crab pots are set daily and crabs removed at the end of the day on the way home. By the time we reach shore, the crabs are cleaned and ready for boiling. Beer drinkers can walk 10 yards from waters edge and draw a draft beer. Two kinds of Alaskan draft beer are on tap. The mini kegs are placed in a small spring water stream for cooling. With your draft in hand, you can sit on a porch overlooking the fish cleaning table where the days catch is displayed. Birch begins the task of expertly fileting the day's catch. In a short time, a pot of hot crab is place close at hand and those so inclined can eat fresh crab while drinking their beer and rehashing the day's experiences. I doubt another Alaskan lodge offers such a combination of drink and food included in your vacation stay. The fish are fileted, portioned, vacuum sealed in plastic, labeled and frozen. My friend and I each took 80 lbs of cleaned fish and crab home. The seafood is packed 50 lb/box so it can be carried as baggage on the plane home. Of course, you have to pay an excess baggage fee. My trip home to Alabama took over 24 hours and all the fish arrive frozen solid except for a few perimeter pieces that were partially thawed. Enough said, my time at Raspberry Island Remote Lodge was worth every penny and I would do the trip over again in the future.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Leonard L
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Fairhope, AL
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54 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2012

As other reviewers have noted this place is top notch. We probably missed some of the best because Birch's wife Tiffany had to leave on a family emergency but Birch kept things together and we had a great time. Some notes: Fishing was good despite a poor king run and a late developing silver run - we should have been catching silvers but caught more kings. There were plenty of pinks to keep up the action. Birch has a great halibut spot if you can pull them from the depths. Also enjoyed a half day of river fishing for pinks with fly rod. Equipment is excellent - comfortable, functional boat; high quality rods and reels; top quality rain gear and waders.
Bear excursion was great. Only comment here is that the "pilot/guide" decides where you go and you might be slightly disappointed where you went relative to where others went.
Highlight of the trip is sipping stream cooled beer and eating fresh caugft snow crabs while Birch cleans your fish.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank oysterfish
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Kodiak Island, Alaska
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2012

nice poeple, good food ,great location, lots of fish and wildlife,they no what they are dooing

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Milton P
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Santa Monica, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2011

Trip here was amazing. We caught a ton of fish - big halibut and incredible Sockeye fishing. The sleeping arrangements are very comfortable and the food is excellent. We had a taste of regular Alaska lodging and this place - the Raspberry Island Lodge is hands down the best place to stay in Alaska. The flight in is really cool.

Make sure you do a Kayak or hiking tour, the guide Jameson is knowledgeable and knows what he's doing.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dramsey1
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Bend, Oregon
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2011

My husband and I have been fishing in Alaska for several years, always looking for that "perfect place". At Raspberry Island remote lodge, we found that and more! The lodge is warm and inviting, beautiful views with a comfy home atmosphere. I am known to be a good cook, Tiffany puts me to shame. The food is 5 star, served in the dinning room with everything homemade, including all breads, desserts and wonderful sauces.
We found the staff very professional and friendly. They all go out of thier way to make you feel special.
There are alot of things to do, but fishing was our goal, and it was great! I felt safe on the large boat with high rails. Not to mention the excellent gear to fish with. We had 4 in our party and we had the boat to ourselves, complete with Birch as guide and Eric as deck hand. Thank you Eric for all the hard work and help pulling up crab pots!!!
The cabins are rustic, clean and the beds are warm and cozy. Very comfortable.
With the water being calm, a wonderful lunch onboard, getting to know new friends, we all had a blast. Can't wait to go back.
Birch and Tiffany have the ultimate fishing lodge in Alaska!!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank kdfconst
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Granger, Indiana
Level Contributor
33 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2011

This was the absolute highlight of our Alaskan vacation. We spent 11 days in Alaska in July 2010 with time in Seward, Whittier, Anchorage and Denali before we arrived in Kodiak. We'd had such an awesome time already that Birch and Tiffany had their work cut out for them in regards to measuring up to our experiences already, bu they sure did! The lodge is amazing with a fabulous view. Bald eagles swoop by regularly especially after the daily catch is cleaned. The cabins are clean and comfortable but let's be honest, you don't come all that way to stay in the cabin. Birch arranged for us to go on a bear viewing excursion to Katmai the day we arrived on Kodiak which was breath taking to be so close to such an awesome animal. Then we flew to the lodge. The next day we all went ocean fishing and caught about 80lbs worth of Salmon and Halibut to take home. We threw out a crab pot in the morning and Tiffany prepared the dozen snow crab we caught which was so fresh it tasting. The next day my wife and I fished again with another couple staying at the resort while our kids relaxed at the lodge and my parents went sea kayaking. Again we caught another 40lbs of fish and everyone else had a great time with what they did. The food was amazing! Tiffany is a great cook and is eager to accommodate any request. We even took our 2 year old daughter who had a blast playing with their kids. I would highly recommend anyone to consider this part of their Alaskan vacation and we can't wait to make a return trip to Raspberry Island!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank tbuss76
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Property: Kodiak Raspberry Island Remote Lodge
Address: PO Box 888, Kodiak Island, AK 99615-0888
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Location: United States > Alaska > Kodiak Island
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Ranked #2 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Kodiak Island
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Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a peaceful, remote wilderness lodge, located on Raspberry Island in the Kodiak Island Archipelago. We specialize in and offer complete and customizable packages including: both Fresh and Saltwater Fishing, Sea Kayaking, Hiking, and Fly Out Bear Viewing. We invite you to enjoy private guest cabins, delicious meals featuring fresh Alaskan Seafood, outdoor jetted hot tub, open, comfortable main lodge, and second generation hosts, all located on the protected, serene shore of Raspberry Island. ... more   less 

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