This is a very rare private property in southeast Alaska. On 62 acres, tucked into Naha Bay, Saltery Lodge is blessed with an unsurpassed location. Most of the property in southeast Alaska is part of the Tongass National Forest, State of Alaska, or Indian corporation land. Finding large private parcels is very difficult… especially with 2000 feet of beach frontage… with salmon streams and bears… with southern exposure… and with the history of an old cannery. This is all yours to enjoy during your stay.
The only way to get to this property from Ketchikan, the closest town, is by airplane of by boat. The nearest road ends about seven miles from the property. It takes about 25-30 minutes to reach the property from the public dock about 11 miles away.
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. There is also an old graveyard with headstones from 1895 located near the waterfall.
The lodge is located on 62 acres that is surrounded on 95% of its borders by water or National Forest, the nation’s largest. The forest behind the property is a mix of second growth (from cannery construction) and old growth with some really massive trees that are centuries old. There are hundreds of game trails that you can walk that crisscross the property. Some are easier to walk than others, but all have been created over the centuries by bears, deer, and other forest critters.
The property has over 2000 ft of shoreline that you can walk anytime you would like. It’s a mixture of boulders, sand/gravel, seaweed, and marsh grass. When the tide goes out to its extreme lows, the beach is absolutely huge. You can turn over rocks and look for eels or walk the beach and look for bears in the marsh grass. There are hundreds of old pilings that have rotted to the ground, indicating where the old cannery was located. There are resident seals that hunt fish right off the beach. Almost any time of the summer you can see seals out there playing and hunting. In the fall, when the salmon runs are the highest, they will catch the salmon and play with them by throwing them into the air.
Our south facing exposure gets you virtually every minute of sunlight during waking hours.
Back in the woods on the property is a beautiful 40 foot waterfall. This is the end of the road for the salmon that run up our stream. Bears can be observed fishing for salmon in the pools here as well as along the stream down to the beach. When it is raining hard, the water is a torrent and creates its own wind and mist. There have been years where we get thousands of salmon, both pink salmon and chum salmon, running up the stream.