We spent our fourth Alaskan lodge vacation with the Randalls and loved every day. The lodge is capably managed by Shannon with sons Josh and Luke. Each person brings strong skills to make Afognak a well maintained operation. And each will go out of their way to make your visit a success.
This season’s hardworking staff includes a wonderful cook who will brings gourmet touches to each meal. There’s always a fresh bread on the table, and great cookies in the lunch box. The other staff members work hard in all areas, and all are personable.
Our cabin was clean, comfortable, and well maintained. We’d make a pot of coffee early in the morning and watch from the deck as the silver fox, otter, seal, and eagles passed by. Meals are in the lodge where you can spend some time with other guests and staff. You might also share a meal with a bush pilot, as they have an open invitation to dine while they are making a floatplane stop.
Nature viewing was primarily by boat, and allowed plenty of sights… whales, sea lions, seals, otters, and puffins. Inside a cove, we left the boat for a hike along a stream where we saw salmon jumping at the waterfalls. On the return, we came across a couple bears who were catching fish and grazing. Another day we saw a herd of elk, foxes on the shore, and a beaver. Luke is an incredible guide… affable and very knowledgeable about animals, their patterns, and habitat.
The fishing was incredible. Halibut, ling cod (out of season), sockeye salmon, and rockfish (black bass and yellow eye) were in abundance. The fishing boat is a comfortable catamaran with a front hydraulic ramp that allowed easy access to shore. There’s also plenty of room all around the boat to fish from. One day was spent hiking along a stream to fly fish in a pool…. Caught some rainbow trout, including a nice one about 20“.
We brought a couple boxes of well packed fish fillets home. Luke and Josh know how to handle fish. The fish are packed to order, and are double wrapped. They take the effort to use an insulating bag to line the packing box. On the way home, the fish were kept in a freezer locker at Seattle airport overnight, and then went non-stop to the East Coast the next day. Even a two-hour car ride home didn’t put a dent in the quality of the fillets.
Everyone at Afognak Wilderness Lodge will bend over backward to accommodate your wishes. Just ask them.
We plan to return 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