Often heralded as Alaska's "best kept secret," Prince of Wales Island's Thorne Bay Lodge offers saltwater fishing, river fishing, and hunting opportunities sure to make even the most well-versed outdoorsman happy.
Located on Alaska's Prince of Wales Island (the third biggest island in the United States), Thorne Bay Lodge is a hunter's and fisherman's dream destination. The lodge is nestled in the forested hills covering the island and is only a hop, skip, and jump away from the water. In fact, visitors to the area must take either a 30 minute float plane ride or a 3 hour ferry ride to reach the island. The folks from Thorne Bay Lodge pick you up at the dock.
Thorne Bay Lodge acts as a homey and comfortable base camp for those wishing to explore the island's many opportunities for outdoor adventure. At the heart of the lodge's many offerings are saltwater fishing, river fishing, and hunting opportunities that are available as both guided or self-guided outings.
River fishing on Prince of Wales Island is unlike fishing anywhere else. Thousands of streams are fed by 8 major river systems and nearly all of them holds fish. 1,500 miles of road give visitors relatively easy access to the best fishing areas. Depending on the time of year that you visit, you will have the chance to fish for steelhead, sockeye (red) salmon, chum (dog) salmon, pink (humpy) salmon, and silver (coho) salmon. Trout are also plentiful. Perhaps the biggest draw of Thorne Bay Lodge to avid fishermen is the fact that it stays open much later than most other lodges in the area. While the weather is certainly cooler (and, in some cases, darn cold) and wet, the late-season fishing is spectacular.
Thorne Bay Lodge also offers plenty of opportunities for those fisherman who prefer the saltwater experience. The inside passage on the east side of Prince of Wales Island is a beautiful and safe area filled with a variety of different fish. Visitors have been known to catch 20 pound ling cod and even 150 pound halibut. The 28 foot cruiser that Thorne Bay Lodge uses for their saltwater fishing expeditions has a large and comfortable cabin and twin motors for added security. In addition to fishing, you'll likely see a wide variety of other wildlife including orcas and other whales, eagles, seals, and sea lions. Fish that are commonly caught, at different times of the year, include king (chinook) salmon, halibut, rockfish, coho (silver) salmon, pink (humpy) salmon, and chum (dog) salmon.
Fishing is not the only outdoor activity that can be experienced while staying at the Thorne Bay Lodge. Hunting, both for sitka blacktail deer and black bear, is also readily available. The lodge offers self-guided hunts for these animals. Many people strongly believe that sitka blacktail is the best tasting deer in the world.
Nearly every package, whether hunting or fishing, at Thorne Bay Lodge comes with lodging and meals taken care of. Additionally, durable crew cab trucks come automatically with most hunting and fishing packages. Didn't get one with yours? There are plenty available to rent if you'd like to explore other parts of the island.
Staying at Thorne Bay Lodge is one of the absolute best ways to explore the beautiful and rugged Prince of Wales Island in Alaska. If you have even an ounce of outdoorsman bone in your body, then you'll love the hunting, fishing, hiking, and other activities that Thorne Bay Lodge offers.
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