How in the world did I end up spending my vacation at a fishing lodge on a small island off Ketchikan, Alaska? Well, the answer to that has many ebbs and flows of constant research and decision making when it came to where I wanted to spend my vacation....so i won't bore you with all of that. The fact is....I like to eat Alaskan seafood and I love Alaska. So it was decided that we try the Silverking Lodge. This lodge is located on Grant Island which is a short distance away from Revellagigedo Island (where Ketchikan is located). There is nothing else on the island besides the lodge, rainforest, and some deer. The fact that it is on its own island makes the lodge and the whole experience even more intriguing and adventurous. The lodge has a very big and beautiful deck in the front for people to lounge around in the evenings and admire the scenery. The rooms are very comfortable. Beds and bathrooms quite adequate. The food was great- 3 meals a day were served and a constant sandwich bar was provided if someone had the munchies in between. Also, there were delicious cookies and other snacks provided - what a treat. The fishing!- well, it definitely is a fishing lodge.....so you better get out there! Skiffs are provided with your stay - they are quite adequate - we took the skiff out everyday and caught plenty of fish. You can also rent the "yellow" boats for an extra amount if you have more people- that would allow you to go out a little further. The lodge provides the tackle and rods and gives some information on how to catch the fish. They also provide raingear if needed - which is probably at some point on your trip. We zipped around and trolled around on the skiff, caught lots of salmon and rock fish, saw lots of bald eagles, enjoyed the beautiful scenery.....and....yes, saw whales!...Lots of whales were going through....we saw them a couple of days fishing, then saw them passing by the lodge. What a beautiful sight. The whole experience was amazing....looking around at the beauty ....the ocean, islands, the rainforest.....then the fishing.....bringing home plenty of fish from Alaska makes everyone jealous. Make sure you walk back on the boardwalk into the rainforest....it's a treat.....look for blueberries and ......... It seems that there are many people that come back to silverking year after year......why? because they immensely enjoy it.......it's a way to get away from everything and fish in a pristine beautiful place......try it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The longest operating self-guided Alaskan fishing lodge in all of Southeast Alaska. The waters in front of the lodge provide a natural corridor for salmon returning to local rivers to spawn. Silver salmon, particularly, move in large numbers through the area every summer as they return to several natural spawning grounds and a local hatchery. ... more less