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“Fabulous Fishing Fun for the Entire Family”

IslandView Resort and Charters
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IslandView Resort and Charters
Ranked #6 of 14 Speciality Lodging in Sitka
Fairfax Station, Virginia
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“Fabulous Fishing Fun for the Entire Family”
Reviewed 22 July 2011

My Dad has been fishing across Alaska for almost two decades. After filling our heads with tales of monster halibuts and ferocious King salmon, the family finally decided we needed to go see for ourselves if the legendary stories were true. So, about eight years ago we started the trek to the northern most part of the US to begin what has evolved into our annual family event.

Over these past years our family and friends have stayed in various lodges in places such as Craig and Gustavus, but our favorite place by far has turned out to be Islandview Resort and Charters in Sitka, Alaska.

Our recent stay this year was our second visit and once again Islandview did not disappoint. The lodge itself is a bit rustic but beautiful with large picture windows framing the amazing view of the bay. You can sit in your townhouse living room, in front of the fire, and watch the fishing boats come in as the enormous sea lions cue up to greet the boats and wait for their share of the day’s catch. You can also look out over the bay while enjoying the hot tub on your back deck.

Each morning the lodge provides breakfast before you leave at 5 am for your full day at sea. It’s a great way to start your day off right. Then it’s a quick change into your rain gear (which the lodge provides) and then down to the docks and off you go; you won’t be returning to the lodge for another 10 to 12 hours. These full days on the ocean are the best part of the trip: spending time with your family and the crew as you search for the absolute best place to limit-out on Silvers (cohos), Kings, rockfish (Brown Bombers), and halibut (butts).

Trust me, the crew at Islandview knows what they are doing – it always amazes me how they can put us right on top of where the fishing is hot. In my opinion this is where Islandview really excels: their captains and crew. These guys, with nicknames like Gooch and Bones, are some of the friendliest, nicest, and most knowledgeable fishermen you will ever have the pleasure to spend a day with. Trust me, I am not “a natural” out on the ocean, but within a short time under their tutelage I’m casting, reeling, and catching like I’ve been doing this all my life (even if I am a left-hander).

Kevin (Islandview’s owner) and all the crew and staff will do everything possible to make your stay at this lodge one of the best experiences of your life. This is why my family plans to return again next year. The Alaskan scenery is breath-taking and the wildlife will have you grabbing for your cameras, but it’s the hospitality of Islandview Resort and Charters that truly makes this lodge a stand-out.

One bit of advice: take advantage of the kitchens that are part of each suite of townhouses at Islandview. Food in Sitka is pricey and we have not found it to be particularly good (we’ve had some unfortunate experiences with Chinese take-out and soggy delivery pizza). Islandview does not provide dinner (except a cookout on the last night), so this year our family brought plenty of staples with us to feed a dozen people. Its well worth the trouble and you will be much happier with your own hotdogs and burgers (FYI, there is also a grocery store nearby and Islandview will lend you a van to do any local shopping you might need). Also, do make time to walk-through Sitka; it’s a quaint fishing village/town and it’s worth at least one stroll during your stay.

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Reviewed 13 July 2010

A great experience despite the inclement weather. Capt John got us to the fish every day so we limited out the boat. The rooms were fantastic and the service great. Carla and Katie were wonderful as host and chef. We will want to repeat as soon as economically feasible.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 June 2010

We stayed four nights at Island View Resort in June of 2009 and are returning the same week in 2010. The place is amazing for a fishing lodge. The large windows in every room overlook the bay with amazing sunrises and sunsets. The private decks face the water and each room comes with a private hot tub, full kitchen, and BBQ. The entire staff at the lodge were amazing. They start taking care of your every need as soon as you arrive at the airport and do not stop until you leave. The rooms were exceptionally furnished and very clean. The food is amazing and plentiful, especially the community BBQ one night during the stay. I would recommend the lodge to both fishers and for those that are just looking to relax. The owners undersell the experience and care you receive while staying at this world class resort. Oh yea, the fishing was awesome and Captain Jon took exceptionally good care of our group while on the water. The setting is very family friendly.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 April 2010

Stayed for four days at IslandView Resort and Charter for a fishing trip with my Father. The Trip was fantastic. Great fishing, very nice accommodations; the staff took care of every need. I would recommend this to other people interested in a great Alaskan fishing or hunting trip.

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Property: IslandView Resort and Charters
Address: 4405 Halibut Point Rd, Sitka, AK 99835-9506
Region: United States > Alaska > Sitka
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Ranked #6 of 14 Speciality Lodging in Sitka
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Number of rooms: 12
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IslandView Resort And Charters Sitka, Alaska

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