Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of questions and answers that you might have about our lodge. If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Travel Questions

Where is Saltery Lodge located?

Saltery Lodge is about 25 miles from Ketchikan, Alaska. It is accessible only by boat or float plane. See maps for a map of the area.

How do I get to the lodge?

You make your own flight arrangements to Ketchikan via Alaska Airlines. Multiple flights come in daily from Seattle. We will then make the arrangements to get you to the lodge by boat. If you want to pay an addition price ($300/per person), we can arrange to get you to/from the lodge via a float plane.

When is the best time to come to the lodge?

We recommend July, August and September. Those months have the best combination of fishing and weather for our area.

What if I pay my deposit and then I cancel?

If we can refill the spot, we will return your deposit. There is trip insurance available if you are concerned about this possibility.

Accommodation Questions

What are the sleeping arrangements?

The three regular bedrooms can be configured with two twin beds or a single queen. The Master Suite is a single king only. All beds feature Select Comfort mattresses and 780 thread count sheets.

Do you allow smoking?

Inside the lodge is non-smoking. Inside our guided fishing vessels is non smoking. For mixed bookings, if you are sharing a boat, we don’t allow smoking on the vessel at all for the comfort of the other guests. If you are fishing self guided, smoking is allowed.

Can I hike around the property?

Yes you can. We have over 62 acres which has many types of terrain. It also has the remains of the old cannery which was on our site 100 years ago.

Dining Questions

I am allergic to X, can you accommodate me?

Yes, please let us know in advance of your stay which foods you are allergic to.

I am a vegetarian, can you accommodate me?

Yes, please let us know in advance of your stay which foods you prefer not to eat, and our chef will make substitute meals for you.

What is the food like?

The food is simply amazing. Our chef wants nothing more than for you to be 110% satisfied. He orders as much fresh food as possible, relying on community based organic farms when possible. We have a wide variety of meat entrées including some that are not so common such as elk.

Can your chef cook the fish I caught today?

Absolutely. It won’t get any fresher than that!

Do you serve alcohol?

Yes we do. We have our alcohol serving permit and we would be happy to serve you fine wine with your gourmet dinner, but we like to keep things relatively sober at our lodge.

Weather Questions

I heard Ketchikan gets a lot of rain, is this true?

Ketchikan is a temperate rain forest and therefore does get its share of rain and sunshine. This is what makes it beautiful and productive though. In the summertime, the rain usually comes in the form of showers and not all day downpours. Our area is in somewhat of a rain shadow, and we only get about half the rain Ketchikan gets in the summer. Our yearly rainfall is similar to the Northern Oregon Coast. Rain gear will be provided for you.

What kind of clothes should I bring?

Bring clothes that can layer such as shirts, sweatshirts and water resistant/proof jackets. This lets you adjust your temperature as the weather changes, which it can do quite rapidly. Temperatures for the summer of 2008 ranged from a maximum high of 76 degrees and a minimum low of 39 degrees. Average highs are around 60 degrees and average lows are around 50 degrees. Just the way the salmon like it!

How much rain are we talking about here?

According to our weather station at the lodge, for the summer of 2008, which was considered an extremely wet summer, 40% of the days during the summer had no rain at all. 60% of the days had less than 1/10 of an inch. Only four days during the summers had more than 1 inch of rain. Again, most of the rain during the summer comes in the forms of showers, and then they clear, so it’s pretty easy to avoid getting too wet.

Fishing Questions

What boats will we fish on?

It depends on whether you booked the lodge exclusively or if you have a mixed booking. Read our boat policy for more information.

Do I need to bring any fishing gear?

No. But you can if you would like.

What kind of fish will I catch?

Four types of salmon – Kink (Chinook), Silvers, Pink, and Chum. We also fish for Halibut and other bottom fish. Your kids can catch fish right from the dock as well.

What other things can we do on the boat?

For exclusive bookings, or mixed bookings when the other parties agree, we can go do the following activities on the boat:

We can set some crab/shrimp pots and get some dungeness crab and prawns for dinner that night. Or cruise in the bays and inlets looking for wildlife and schools of salmon just underneath the water. Or serve dinner on the boat when the weather is nice and take a sunset cruise. Or we can land at a remote beach and explore the habitat.

I get sea sick on boats, what can I do?

First off, our catamaran has a drastically reduced roll motion which can cause sea sickness. You should also consult your doctor and get a prescription for sea sicknesses which will work much better than the over the counter patches and pills. If you get seasick on the boat we normally do not turn back, unless you have exclusively booked the lodge and your party agrees to turn back.

Wildlife Questions

Will I see bald eagles?

Yes you will. Guaranteed.

Will I see bears?

There is a good chance you will see them right from the lodge windows. If you want, we can arrange a bear watching tour to maximize your chances.

What kind of bears are in the area?

The island we are on only has black bear, which are relatively non-aggressive and will usually run from you as soon as they see you.

What other wildlife will I see?

There are a group of resident seals that hang out at the lodge all summer. All kinds of birds are in the area including eagles, seagulls, ducks, and hummingbirds. Deer are commonly spotted on the beaches as well. Whales are not uncommon either.