Alaska's Boardwalk Lodge, AK

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Thorne Bay, Alaska.

Alaska's Boardwalk Lodge, AK


Alaska's Boardwalk Lodge is an oceanfront resort located on breathtaking Prince of Wales Island in temperate southeast Alaska. Construction of the main lodge began in 1990, where each log was felled and towed across the bay. In true Alaskan spirit, the raw lumber was milled, peeled and notched by hand. Expansion of the resort entailed the building of a second lodge, providing accommodations for up to 19 guests.

The lodge takes its name from the 300-yard boardwalk, stretching from the boat docks and spanning the tidal inlet to the lodges. The resort is accessible via a 35-minute floatplane ride from Ketchikan, Alaska. However, floatplane rides usually end there—there's no need for a fly-out on the island to fish. Boardwalk guides escort fishermen to some of the most prolific waters in the Northwest—23 lakes, rivers, and streams nearby, so anglers can hook up in mere minutes.

Date Range

The lodge early season opens in May for native steelhead and runs through September with our second silver salmon run.

What is Provided to Customer

Most Boardwalk Lodge packages are all-inclusive, providing you with comfortable lodging, full guide and staff services, gourmet food, soft drinks, house beers and wines, transportation from Ketchikan, wet-weather gear, plus fishing licenses, and complete fishing gear and tackle. Orvis waders, boots, rods, reels, and flies are all provided.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Guides will lead you in pursuit of numerous fish species at the hottest fishing holes at 23 lakes, rivers, and streams on breathtaking Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. Most of these waterways have convenient walk/wade access. Your fly-fishing excursions are typically accessed via vehicle. Although available, the added expense of a fly-out trip is completely unnecessary. Many of these waters are only fished when Boardwalk guests venture out, allowing you to cast and catch in solitude.

Typical Weather by Season

The climate here on Prince of Wales Island is that of a high latitude rainforest. Weather conditions change frequently, especially during spring and fall months. Temperatures in spring and fall range from 35 - 65 degrees, while summer temperatures range from 45 - 75 degrees. Weather is generally comparable to that of Seattle.


Sample of Typical Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Alaska's Boardwalk Lodge
Guest traveling on public airlines will typically arrive in Ketchikan on an Alaska Airlines flight prior to 5pm. From there, a float plane takes you on a scenic, 33-minute ride straight to our dock, where Boardwalk staff will greet you and take luggage to your room. Once you settle in, you'll join us in the main lodge for dinner, drinks, and relaxation.

Days 2-7: Six Full Days of Fishing and Adventure
Each evening you'll meet briefly with your guide to plan the next day's adventure. Every morning between 6-7am your breakfast is made to order; then you pack a feast from our lunch buffet to enjoy stream-side; and finally hit the water. Your guide transports you by vehicle to your waterway of choice—one of 23 lakes, rivers, and streams on the island. Guides are scheduled for ten hours each day, generally from 7am to 5pm (additional hours may be arranged).

Day 8: Depart Boardwalk Lodge
Enjoy a hearty breakfast, pick up a last-minute trinket in our gift shop, and say your goodbyes. Your luggage, and any boxed fish fillets you have, will be waiting on our dock for your floatplane departure (usually between 9 and 10am). Enjoy another breathtaking flight to Ketchikan, and start planning your next Alaskan adventure!


On-site Activities

When your casting arm grows tired, our saltwater captains lead daily excursions from a fleet of 28-foot cruisers, each fitted with heated cabin and restroom. Guests can tangle with fighting king salmon, and experience the thrill of hauling in one of Alaska’s monster halibut that often range well over 100 pounds.

This area is comprised of hundreds of islands, protected passages, bays and inlets; the waters teem with aquatic life. It's a thrill to see enormous humpback whales and orcas surfacing, dolphins diving, and otters playing in these pristine waters. Bald eagles, black bears and Sitka black-tail deer are just a few animals you can observe here.

Off-site Activities

A host of activities for the adventurer include sea kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, and spelunking in the El Capitan Caves (North America's deepest cavern system).

Sightseeing, hiking, and photography excursions can be also arranged, including guided tours to the island's famous totem village in Kassan and trips to Anan Creek Bear Observatory.


Lodging, Meals, and Accommodations

Boardwalk Lodge comfortably accommodates up to 19 guests. Our suites have been described as “rustic elegance.” Each suite is tastefully furnished and ensures your comfortable stay with us (many are wheelchair accessible).

Many suites have queen-size beds and attached baths. Our Aurora Executive Suite is ideal for larger families or groups, featuring three individual rooms and a great room for entertainment or meetings, plus a shared kitchenette, dining room, and laundry facility of its own.

Chefs prepare breakfast to order, a lunch buffet, plus a five-course gourmet meal, complete with complimentary house beers and wines. After an exhausting day, many guests can be found enjoying the spectacular view on one of the decks or relaxing in the outdoor jacuzzi.


Species You Fish for by Season

Steelhead: May
Cutthroat: May - September
Silver salmon (coho): late July - September
Pink salmon (humpback): mid July - August
Dog salmon (chums): late July - August
Dolly Varden: May - September


What Should Customers Bring?

Bring comfortable clothing appropriate for temperatures ranging from 45 to 75 degrees. Layered clothing is the best bet to adjust to variable conditions. You can bring a backpack or dry bag on your day trip to store extra layers and personal belongings. Casual, comfortable clothing is appropriate for dinner.

Other items that can make your trip more enjoyable: comfortable shoes for around the lodge; bathing suit (required for jacuzzi); polarized sunglasses; camera, media cards, charger/batteries; heavy-duty Zip-lock bags to keep gear dry; sunscreen; binoculars; tobacco products; personal medications; and Dramamine for plane or boat rides. (Our gift shop carries many of the basics.)


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where is Alaska's Boardwalk Lodge?
A. Boardwalk Lodge is located on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska—a short 33-minute floatplane ride west of Ketchikan. It is positioned on the northeast corner of the island, facing Alaska’s Inside Passage.

Q. How do we get there?
A. Guests traveling from "the lower 48" fly to Seattle’s SeaTac airport, take a 90-minute Alaska Airlines flight to Ketchikan, then a 33-minute floatplane ride from Ketchikan to the dock at Boardwalk Lodge.

Q. What clothing should I bring?
A. Bring comfortable, casual clothing appropriate for temperatures ranging from 45-75 degrees. Layered clothing is recommended so you can adjust to changing conditions.

Q. Can I bring my own fishing gear?
A. Guests who prefer to bring their own gear are certainly welcome to do so. However, the lodge provides top-notch Orvis rods, reels, waders, boots, and other gear to ensure a successful fishing experience.

Q. How do we get to the water?
A. The lodge boasts 23 fishable lakes, streams, and rivers within a short, scenic drive, and a fleet of Suburbans to get you to the fish quickly, comfortably, and safely. This makes costly and time consuming fly-outs unnecessary, though they can be arranged.

Q. How long can I fish each day?
A. Guides are scheduled for ten hours fishing time each day, from 7am to 5pm. Additional hours may be arranged with the lodge manager.

Q. Are children welcome?
A. Children 10 years and older can accompany their parents or guardians; however, daycare or babysitting services are not available. The lodge has a wide selection of DVDs, board games, and video games available to help keep younger guests entertained.

Q. Do you have beverage service?
A. Coolers are stocked with your choice of soft drinks, bottled water, and popular beer brands. House wine and beer are available free of charge, while you enjoy a delicious assortment of appetizers and hors d’oeuvres. We also stock an assortment of other alcoholic beverages for purchase. Premium wines by the glass and mixed drinks are available for a nominal fee.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 39 reviews


39 of 39 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Fantastic! - 8/30/2013
    By: from Knoxville, TN

    This was one of the best experiences I have had in the outdoors. Exceptional customer service and support. Would do it again in a heartbeat as soon as my freezer is empty of fish!

  • 5/5

    Best Fishing Trip!! - 8/22/2013
    By: from Houston, TX

    This fishing trip had a couple of hurdles that Alaska Boardwalk helped us overcome. One was us switching our reservation and adding a day. All of this went smoothly. Our family enjoyed the trip so well on day number of fishing, my youngest was ready to book next years trip!! Jim went above and beyond to ensure that boys did their own share of the work with baiting the hooks to catch their own fish. To all the staff, Jim, Tonya, and Brad, thank you for making this trip unforgetable. Brad, we will see you in Dallas to schedule next years trip!!!

  • 5/5

    Best Trip to Alaska - 8/7/2013
    By: from Austin, TX, USA

    Boardwalk Lodge was an awesome family destination. The staff and facilities were wonderful! Everyone was friendly, hospitable, and accommodating. The food was excellent. The chefs went out of there way to meet all the different food requirements of our family. The fishing was good, but our guides were exemplary. We appreciate all the hard work that Brad has done in making Boardwalk Lodge such a wonderful experience.

  • 5/5

    Coming Home - 7/19/2013
    By: from Mamaroneck, NY, USA

    As the float plane arrives at the Boardwalk Dock I know I've come home. The very professional lodge staff treat us like family and go out of their way to be helpful all the time. Rich, our guide assures us great fishing success; Jay, Nate and JoJo help make that happen while Julie surrounds us with beauty and love and Jeff treats us to fabulous gourmet dinners. We'll be coming back again and again for as long as we can

  • 5/5

    Bucket list check-off - 7/15/2013
    By: from Tennessee

    Absolutely, without a doubt, one of the most fabulous trips I have taken. Going into unchartered territory, ie, Alaska, float planes , &unrelentless fishing, it proved to be a pleasant surprise. Every aspect of the trip was exceptional. Still bragging to all at home, that will listen, the virtues of Alaska's Boardwalk lodge. Definitely a repeat trip in the near future.

  • 5/5

    Dream Trip - 7/15/2013
    By: from Tennessee

    All the staff were great.We caught plenty of fish and the scenery and location made the trip very enjoyable.

  • 5/5

    fabulous - 7/14/2013

    We had an experience of a lifetime. Hoping to come back soon. Highly recommend this to all serious anglers. The food was exceptional and everyone at the lodge made the trip unforgettable.

  • 5/5

    Fantastic trip!! - 7/12/2013
    By: from Newport Beach, CA, USA

    I just wanted to thank all of the thoughtful employees of the Boardwalk Lodge for a truly wonderful and memorable trip. I spent 5 days at the Boardwalk with my daughter and father-in-law and made memories to last for a lifetime. My daughter said it was "the best trip ever!" and she cannot wait to come back; neither can I. Every time I look into the freezer to pull out yet another filet of fish to cook (we brought home tons of fish) I get a smile on my face thinking of trip. What an amazing and indelible mark it's left on my daughter. Thanks again to Brad and and the friendly staff for such an amazing experience and for taking such good care of us!

  • 5/5

    Best trip ever! - 7/11/2013
    By: from Newport Beach

    As this was my Dad's first fishing trip, I wanted to make it was one to remember. Not only was travel easy, the lodge was beautiful and the staff were eager to please. I really felt that we were catered to our entire trip. Our guide, Jim, allowed me to do my own thing, while helping my dad learn the sport. As always, a fishing trip is also judged by the fishing and we did pretty well! Salmon, halibut, rock fish and more. We brought back more than enough for our friends and family. I really can't wait to get back to the lodge next Spring. Brad and his team have put together a first rate operation and I look forward to seeing some of my new friends again soon!

  • 5/5

    Dream come true - 6/23/2013
    By: from Wilmington, NC

    The lodge was phenomenal and I hope to be back some day and will recommend it to anyone I can who is visiting Alaska and wants a once in a life time experience. The lodge staff, guides, etc. set the bar for excellence!

Alaska's Boardwalk Lodge
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge
Brad Steuart
1 Cooks Cove
Thorne Bay, AK 99919

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