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

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Alaska's Boardwalk Lodge


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1 Cooks Cove Thorne Bay, AK 99919

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The Story

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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.)

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.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great spring steelhead trip! My buddy and I had a wonderful time fishing for steelhead on Prince of Wales Island with our guide Jordan from Alaska Boardwalk Lodge. The lodge, food, and people are all first class!
Date published: 2021-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Stay Our stay at Alaska's Boardwalk Lodge exceeded our expectations. The Lodge and their guides were first rate and the steelhead fishing was fantastic. The dinners were well prepared and keep us looking forward to the next meal. The staff were very attentive to our needs and handed well unexpected challenges that we encountered. Plan to return next year.
Date published: 2021-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great experience at Boardwalk Had a great week at Boardwalk. Lodge itself is very nice, and food is great- Eric & Hosea do a great job. Guides are knowledgeable and patient, and know the waters. Great experience, nothing negative to say. Will be back.
Date published: 2020-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fishing Paradise Alaska’s Boardwalk Lodge is an incredible experience from the minute you step off the floatplane and Brad (owner) greats you through your departure when he sends you off. He and Kent (manager) always ensure your daily plans are ready in advance. Jay and Ian (fishing guides) were ready to net your catch, tie on different flys and offer advice as needed. Eric and Jose (chefs) served up supper meals that always seems to be better that the last. The staff as a whole know your name and are always engaging. Everyone there goes out of their way to make sure your experience is exceptional. The scenery, the wildlife and the lodge are all beautiful. We caught our share of coho, halibut and pacific cod. I also appreciated the opportunity to fish with an Orvis H3 rod which I’ve been admiring for a while. I think I’m sold on the 8 wt. And if you don’t care to tote your fishing gear up to AK they will provide top of the line Orvis waders, boots, rods and reels. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. You will not forget the experience, nor the staff.
Date published: 2020-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Trip! Great hospitality, amazing food and great fishing is a recipe for a fantastic trip.
Date published: 2020-09-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Boardwalk in Sept 2020 The Boardwalk resort is for sale and as I understand it from staff has been for about a decade. The accommodations show the wear and the lack of reinvestment to provide the experience I'd expect from a 5 star rated resort. Staff was friendly but owner steered my party away from our preferences in order to suit his resource needs.
Date published: 2020-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rooms, Food, Service the best ever. Rooms were very comfortable, Food was delicious and Service was excellent. Fishing on the Salt water was fun, but had days that were spectacular and other were not. Fishing the middle of September. Fresh water fishing for Silvers was extremely limited, and competitive for spots.
Date published: 2020-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another fantastic visit to Boardwalk Lodge!! This was our 5th visit to Boardwalk Lodge, and definitely won't be our last. There is no way I can describe the beauty that surrounds you everywhere you look. Brad and his staff are the best at making everyone feel special. The fishing is excellent, the food is wonderful, the guides are outstanding, but the scenery is beyond compare to anywhere we have ever been.
Date published: 2020-09-15
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