The Lodge at Whale Pass is one of Alaska’s finest multi-sport lodges, located along the famed Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska in a quiet bay known as Whale Pass. It is the perfect lodge for friends, families, couples, corporate groups, and avid anglers. Each day is unique at the Lodge and their goal is to provide guests with a flexible program. There is no set itinerary and the day is yours to do as you please, whether it’s fishing from dawn-to-dusk or sea-kayaking in the morning and hiking in the afternoon. Activities include whale watching, hiking, mountain biking, sea-kayaking, wildlife viewing, caving, fishing, and glacier-viewing, just to name a few! The goal is to make you feel at home at The Lodge at Whale Pass where you won’t yearn for comfort.
The Lodge at Whale Pass is located on Prince of Wales Island along Alaska's inside passage.
Halibut: (Mid-May to September) The giant Pacific halibut are truly monsters of the deep. The female halibut are in this region are known to grow to hundreds of pounds and produce thousands of eggs. The males will grow to around 80 pounds. It is fun to join the 100 Pound Club, however the best eating fish are the 30 to 50 pounders. By keeping the smaller fish you are also helping the population.
Rockfish: (Mid-May to September) This includes ling cod and a variety of sea basses that are great fun on medium to light tackle and can be taken on fly gear. Most are good eating, but because of their slow growth rates, we try to limit the pressure on these fish. In shallow water (under 50 feet) they can be successfully released. In greater depths they suffer a version of the bends and must be kept.
King Salmon: (Mid-May to early July) Fishing is an action packed, big game angling adventure. Kings average in the 18 to 22 pound range and can hit the 70 pound class with 30 pound and heavier catches common. The battle you are in for when you hook into a King is one of the classic angling wars to be experienced.
Chum Salmon: (July and August) Chum show up in schools during the early part of the season. They start as very aggressive dime bright fish ranging from six to fifteen pounds and change into an even more aggressive, tiger striped package of never-say-die fish. Pound for pound, Chum are the hardest fighting of the five species of Pacific salmon. Their aggressive nature makes them an excellent game fish for the expert as well as the novice angler.
Coho Salmon: (Mid-June to September) Silver Salmon show in mid to late June and run through September. They are 6 to 16 pound boxes of dynamite. Their savage takes, acrobatic air shows and long runs, combined with vast numbers make Silvers a favorite sport fish. Like the Kings, they attract anglers from around the world.
Sockeye Salmon: Sockeye enter the rivers in late June as six to ten pound, silver bullets. They are bank oriented fish that start up the rivers on their journey to lakes and their head waters. Nick-named "Reds" for their spawning coloration, these are some of the most sought after species of salmon because of the carotene rich meat and explosive fights. Sockeye are plankton eaters during their ocean life, so as you can imagine, matching the hatch would be difficult. They are very selective but can be coaxed to take a fly or lure.
Pink Salmon: (July and August) Pink salmon are nicknamed “Humpy’s” for the large hump that forms on their backs during the late spawning phase. They enter the rivers as three to ten pound balls of fire. Pinks are plentiful every year. They are very aggressive, making them an excellent confidence builder, a fun change of pace and lots of fun on light spin or fly gear.
Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Dolly Varden and Steelhead: (Resident Species) Complimenting the halibut and prolific salmon runs, this area is host to a very unique resident game-fish population. Angling opportunities are present year round with ‘prime time’ being the spring through the fall. Committing a few days of your visit to pursue this bonus population is highly recommended. These are some of the most beautiful fish to be found anywhere and should not be missed.
Fish Processing: Processing of your catch is included in the trip packages. We will fillet, vacuum pack into custom portions, flash freeze and put into an airline approved wax fish-box for you.
Additional Guest Experiences:
Our guests can opt to enjoy hiking, kayaking, caving, glacier viewing, wildlife viewing (whales, sea otters, sea lions, black bears, eagles, etc), bear viewing, native cultural tours, and mountain biking.
LeConte Glacier Excursion: Far off the beaten track, and away from the cruise ships, lies LeConte Glacier, North America’s southernmost tidal glacier and one of its greatest natural wonders. The lodge’s aluminum hulled 29’ Almar cabin cruiser was specially designed to visit LeConte. From it you will explore the long, twisting, deep blue fjord leading up to the glacier all the while surrounded by steep spruce-covered mountains and 4,000-foot granite cliffs. In the fjord hundreds of seals calve their pups on the numerous icebergs that clog this amazing waterway. At the end of the fjord you will be able to witness the glacier calving into the ocean, all the while surrounded by unspeakable grandeur.
Bear Viewing: Observe large black bears in search of skunk cabbage, salmon and berries. Silver and pink salmon runs near the lodge provide a day long buffet for these marvelous mammals at two different creeks in our bay. You may also want to spend the day visiting areas known for bear activity, looking for a rare chance to see both brown and black bears and their cubs sharing the same creek as they feast on salmon. You may also charter a float plane tour for an additional cost to search for bears from the air.
Kayaking: Enjoy unlimited access to a fleet of top-end Necky sea kayaks, including single and double (tandem) boats. Loose yourself in a long paddle or let the lodge drop you and our boats at the premier destinations to enhance your visit. Experience shore-side encounters with bears, eagles and marine mammals, all of whom seem oblivious to the presence of kayakers whispering by.
Caving: Explore the local karst (limestone) topography with its myriad caves, sinkholes and underground streams. Learn about the extensive historical record discovered in just the last couple of decades in these caves. These caves are considered by advanced spelunkers as among the World’s most exciting for their complexity and early stage of exploration. Visit El Capitan Cave and learn about the underground world from an expert Forest Service guide or poke into Cavern Lake Cave and marvel at ten pound silver salmon disappearing into the dark only to emerge a quarter mile upstream at the spawning grounds. If you are feeling really adventurous you may want to bushwhack to Roaring Road Cave and tackle the challenging underwater river with one of our skilled on staff climbing guides.
Hiking: Enjoy the remote wilderness with a walk in the Tongass National Forest surrounding the lodge. Explore the local trails leading out from the lodge along the beach, through the old growth forest, or up to the deer meadow. Walk to serene lakes, fish choked creeks, awe inspiring mountain vistas and stunning waterfalls. You can choose from meandering gravel roads to wild trails with significant elevation changes.
Birding: Watch for the more than 200 species of birds indigenous to Alaska and contribute to the local record as an amateur bird watcher in a region where few people are documenting their finds.
Spa Treatments: Sign up for any of the lodges spa treatments that include Swedish, sports and Ashiatsu massage, hot stone treatments, aroma therapy, facials and body wraps or take a yoga class.
Cultural Tours: From the Lodge at Whale Pass, you can absorb the mystical history of the native cultures indigenous to Southeast Alaska that have carved out an existence in this lush environment for centuries. Ask on site about the long list of options available.
Flightseeing: Charter a float plane or helicopter and relish in a bird’s-eye-view of Southeast Alaska. (Please note that the price for flightseeing excursions beyond transportation between Ketchikan and Whale Pass are not included in most packages.)
A few popular flightseeing adventures are:
• Buzz craggy peaks and expansive river deltas looking for goat, moose, and bear.
• Take in the surreal beauty of the Stikine Ice Field, with its slowly flowing river of ice and hanging glaciers.
• Skirt the rugged Pacific Coast of Prince of Wales Island admiring waterfalls and 4,000-foot cliff walls, landing for impromptu wildlife encounters.
• Fly to remote fly fishing streams and lakes for unbelievable angling adventures.
• Skip between native villages and sites for an interpretive visit of the history of Southeast Alaska
• Charter a helicopter to the top of Patterson Glacier for an icy sunset stroll or launch an all-out assault by sea and sky on LeConte Glacier.
• Book an all-day Southeast Alaska flightseeing extravaganza with dog sledding, gold rush history and the unforgettable scenery of the Wrangell St. Elias Coastal Mountains.
• Head 400 miles up the Stikine River to Canada’s Little Grand Canyon for a jet boat ride through the raging ravine.
Accommodations and Meals:
The Lodge at Whale Pass is casual and spacious. All guest rooms radiate off of the lodge's great room, a quiet space designed for reading, conversing and enjoying the view and fireplace. A separate recreation room with a spacious bar, great views, ping pong table, pool table and movie viewing area is located in a separate building, all well out ear shot from the sleeping accommodations. Rooms are double occupancy and all have private baths. Single rooms can be accommodated by request on a first come, first served basis. In-room coffee delivery service is provided each morning (if desired) and maid service is performed daily.
Arrival Information: When visiting The Lodge at Whale Pass you will need to make travel arrangements to Ketchikan, Alaska. Please plan to arrive in Ketchikan prior to 12:00 PM
Getting to the Lodge: A float plane flight to the lodge will arranged for you by the outfitter. Typically with Pacific Airways, they are located next to the baggage claim in the Ketchikan airport. Upon arrival, guests may check in with them and they will escort you to the float plane.
Departure Information: When departing the lodge for home, please arrange a flight out of Ketchikan after 3:00 PM on your departure day. Alaska Airlines typically has flights at 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM.
2019 Rate: $6,890 per person for a 5 night/6 day package
Included: Round trip airfare between Ketchikan and the lodge, lodging, meals, daily guided adventures, tackle, skiffs, bikes, kayaks, float tubes, crab pots, fish processing (vacuum packed, frozen and packed in airline approved fish box)
Not Included: Round trip airfare to Ketchikan, licenses and king stamp, meals and accommodations in Ketchikan, optional fly outs, gratuities for staff and guides
Species: Five species of Pacific salmon, Dolly Vardon, cutthroat, halibat, bottomfish
Season: Mid-June to Mid-August
Capacity: 26 guests
Map: Ketchikan, AK