A vacation is all about having a memorable experience. We understand that, and we will do everything we can to assure that you won’t be able to stop talking about your Alaskan vacation. Because we are a smaller lodge, we are able to spend much more focused time on your desires and give you a more personalized experience. We pride ourselves on being family friendly and being able to create a customized itinerary that acknowledges your tastes. Whether it is just relaxing on the beach, fishing, hiking through the forest, or taking pictures of bears on our beach, Saltery Lodge can accommodate you. We are here to cater this unique experience to the one you hoped it would be.
Your Vacation. Your Choice.
Fishing can be an exciting part of your Alaska vacation. We offer great saltwater fishing and freshwater fishing. We have two world class charter Vessels, Linnaea and Jasmine, that will be part of your Alaskan vacation. Your licensed USCG captain will take you out on the unbelievable waters of southeast Alaska near Ketchikan. (See our boat policy). You can choose to go fishing for Salmon, Halibut and other bottom fish. Or you can choose to go exploring the bays, rivers, and beaches that make up our beautiful island chain. Look down into the water and see schools of salmon, crabs, starfish, or other life in the sea.
The lodge employs its own chef. As much as practical, your food will be catered to your desires. Enjoy the harvest of the ocean, and even your own catch if you desire. Enjoy your meal in our dining room with fabulous waterfront and wildlife views directly from the windows. Or choose to eat out on our expansive deck with 270 degree waterfront views.
Alaska is all about the wildlife, and the Saltery Lodge is no exception. Just outside the window, we have resident seals that toss their salmon catch into the air, resident bald eagles and cranes that stealthily hunt the flats, bears that fish for salmon in our own salmon stream, and occasionally whales and dolphins that cruise the bay. Choose to walk the game trails into the old growth forest on our 62 acres, walking the same trails shared by all forest inhabitants. Or choose to self explore the bay and river where you will see even more wildlife. Or choose to be guided on water or land by your hosts, who will tell you what you are looking at.
Far different from the hustle and clanging of the old cannery that was previously on the 62 acres, Saltery Lodge is quiet and serene. Walking around the lodge, you will hear the rustle of trees, the distant waterfall, or animals and birds in the forest. Listen carefully for the eagles announcing their presence, or the snort of a seal about to dive. Even when it rains, you can listen to the sound on the metal roof at night, knowing that the water is cleansing the forest and providing a lifeline to the fish and wildlife in our rainforest. From the lodge windows you can see the quiet village of Loring, which used to house the cannery workers for our cannery.
Saltery lodge is bordered by the Tongass National Forest. This national forest in southeast Alaska contains about 17 million acres. We get a lot of rain here, and in fact, it is classified as a temperate rainforest. But this rain, is also the driving engine of the old-growth forest and the unbelievable fishing and other activities. It’s what makes this area very special. You will be able to hike a very short distance and see trees that are hundreds of years old, and over 9 feet across at the base.
The property was once the site of a thriving Alaska cannery (1875-1930). Almost all the old buildings are gone, and all that is left are some houses adjacent to the property where some of the cannery workers used to live. There are still many remnants you will see while walking through the woods, such as trees growing up through old bed frames. The loft of the lodge contains a mini-museum, showing items and pictures from the Saltery and from the turn of the century.
Tour the historic city of Ketchikan with your hosts. Ketchikan gets about 1,000,000 visitors a year in our tiny town of 14,000. There are many places to shop and many activities to do.
Your hosts, are looking forward to making your stay very memorable.