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“My Idea of "Roughing It" in Alaska” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kodiak Raspberry Island Remote Lodge

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Kodiak Raspberry Island Remote Lodge
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Oceanside, New York
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36 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“My Idea of "Roughing It" in Alaska”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

Well, my significant other had been raving about Alaska for years, and I finally agreed to go. Kodiak Raspberry Island Remote Lodge was a great way for a sportsman and his more delicate companion to "meet in the middle". There was an abundance of fishing opportunities for him; and nature walks, photography, fly-out bear viewing, and peaceful kayaking for me. At the end of our stay we took a fly-out glacier landing trip together, that was truly both of our "cup of tea".

Our hosts, Birch and Tiffany, planned everything to perfection. We were outfitted for all of our excursions with all of the necessary gear. The only thing I would have added to the list of equipment was a hiking stick, as I fell down a couple of times during hikes that were a little more rigorous than I had anticipated. The overal feeling was that I was welcomed and well-cared-for.

The food was outstanding, and my only complaint was that there was too much of it. It was hard to say no to another helping of fresh King Salmon, sushi, or just about any specialty that was offered. The desserts were...oh, let me stop thinking about desert. Suffice it to say I am still trying to lose the weight I gained over this vacation. They were very generous with the food...you have to pace yourself!

This lodge is a labor of love, and it shows. It takes a lot of effort to run a lodge, and we almost felt guilty relaxing while everyone was working so hard to ensure a successful experience. A particularly delightful aspect of our stay was our hosts' children. I learned so much about various flora and fauna of the island, and other natural features including rocks and minerals, FROM THE KIDS! During our stay we got the impression that we were part of a truly happy family.

Finally, I must say I enjoyed the companionship of the lodge workers and the other guests. Socialization was encouraged, yet there was time and space for privacy and quiet relaxation. Overall, this was a wonderful way to experience all that Alaska has to offer.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank janmarie1013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

My husband and I spent 5 days here, and we dream of returning as well. Perfect setting on the water, no boat traffic at all which added to the peace and quiet. During our kayaking day and also on our hiking day, we saw not one other person other than our wonderful competent guide Liz. On our fishing day, Birch was so helpful, as we were novice fisherfolk, and he some how made it easy to fish. Our time on the boat went by quickly with his knowledgable and funny nature. After each fishing day, it was great fun watch Birch filleting the fish, while we ate the fresh steamed crabs just pulled from the crab pots on the way in. Your catch is then immediately vacuum packed and frozen before you even finish your crabs and beer!
As for meals, they were delicious! Wines with dinner, beer from the kegerator cooling in the creek, sack lunches made to order, pleasant hard working staff members, and a delightful cross section of visitors made this visit a wonderful experience. As for Tiffany, Birch's "better half", she is a wonderful person to be around with her infectious enthusiasm and helpful nature.
The equipment they use for their activities is top quality, the cabins warm, super clean and cozy, and the hot tub and banya great after a busy day. Even the communication before our arrival was great, all of our questions answered quickly, and even requests for different food items or sodas where honored.
You can't beat this place - all the outdoor activities in such peaceful comfort, fabulous food, and wonderful owners and staff.


Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

Our 4-night stay with Birch and Tiffany was the crowning touch on a dream vacation. Raspberry Island Remote Lodge was a fabulous place to visit - wonderful people, comfortable lodge, gorgeous location, delicious food and adventures every day! We are not fishermen but wanted outdoor experiences. Bear watching, hiking, kayaking, bird watching, beach combing, soaking in the hot tub, dreaming on the dock, and relaxing in the oh-so-nice "honeymoon chalet" filled the bill. Perfect!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 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 AKdream
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012

Our visit to Raspberry Island Remote Lodge was our first experience in Alaska. While our focus was on fishing, we wanted to spend time enjoying the surroundings by doing other activities. Birch and Tiffany planned out a week for us that included deep sea fishing by boat, fly fishing for sockeye, crab fishing, bear viewing, kayaking, and hiking. We saw many species of land and sea mammals while enjoy those activities. The food was as good as it looks on their websites and each meal was a treat that we looked forward to every day. I particularly enjoyed the stories, conversations and jokes that were shared in the lodge during supper. The staff was very energetic, professional and eager to make sure that you're having a great time. The Robbins have a very unique lifestyle and it's interesting to see how they've built a lodge in the wilderness that has such amazing accommodations and luxuries. We'll definately be going back.

  • Stayed June 2012, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Brandon P
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Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012

Our trip to KRIRL was our first visit to Alaska and it far surpassed out wildest expections. We are already thinking about our next trip. Birch and Tiffany are the ultimate hosts and go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and treat you like family. Fishing was great and even if it hadn't been we would have still loved everty minute of the trip.

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SOrsucci
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Mount Holly, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2012

This was our second time here and first with the second generation owners, Birch and Tffany. We had a blast. Accomodations are first class, staff was friendly and helpful, food was fantastic along with the beer and wine and the fishing was unbelievable. Birch found this amazing river and on our first day six of us limited out on Silver Salmon in several hours. Birch and Tiffany have created a very special experience and as one of their guests you begin to think of yourself as family. We will cherish the memories made there and have promised ourselves WE WILL BE BACK,,,

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Atlanta
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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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Flyfisher_Bob
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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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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