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What to Expect at Salmon Falls

The Resort

Salmon Falls excels at helping our guests catch a variety of saltwater fish species with fully guided and self-guided fishing excursions.  Not into fishing?  The local area around Salmon Falls includes hiking, wildlife viewing, sightseeing and beachcombing.  Relax in our complimentary sauna or catch up with fellow guests or a good book in our Discovery Lounge.  Looking for a bit more? Our Adventure Specialists can arrange other activities including float planes, kayaking, zip lining, cultural history tours or spa services.

ADVENTURE OPTIONS

Gratuity is not included with your stay.  You may add gratuity for any of our staff members at your discretion either directly or by adding it to your room with our front desk staff.

Our property including public spaces and select rooms are ADA compliant.  The marina is located at the bottom of a hill, but we have on-site transportation available for any guests who may need extra assistance.

ADA INFORMATION

Unfortunately, Salmon Falls Resort does not allow pets.

COVID-19 has made us flexible.  Should you need to cancel your reservation, please contact our reservation team for further details.

The waters around Salmon Falls are home to a variety of species, including humpback whales, sea lions, back bears and bald eagles.  We often see them from our property, but your likelihood of spotting these animals will be improved by booking a dedicated excursion through our Adventure Specialists.

Although the Aurora is active almost year-round, you likely won’t see them at Salmon Falls.  The long summer days means shorter hours of darkness in June and July and cloud cover can make the lights difficult to view.

Fishing

You can expect to catch all five species of salmon: King (Chinook), Pink (Humpy), Coho (Silver), Dog (Chum) in addition to halibut, Ling cod and over 20 different species of rock fish.

FISHING INFORMATION

Guests will mainly fish in protected Pacific Ocean saltwater coves and along the rugged coast of Southeast Alaska. Prepare to enjoy breathtaking scenery and an abundance of magnificent local wildlife.

To maximize guest comfort and space to fish, we generally put 4 people plus the captain on our fishing charters. If your group is smaller than 4, you may be placed with other guests.  For larger group or families fishing together, we can accommodate up to 6 people.

BOAT INFORMATION

No, we offer 18ft Lund Skiffs and 24ft. Skagit Orcas for self-guided fishing.

FISHING INFORMATION

In Alaska, a license is required to participate in sport and personal use fishing. Licenses are available at different prices for residents, non-residents, members of the military and residents who are disabled veterans and/or are age 60 or older. Residents and non-residents over the age of 16 are required to be licensed for sport fishing. Salmon Falls Fishing Resort is an accredited fishing license vendor and can assist you from start to finish.

We will process your full catch on-site. All fish are cleaned and filleted per the customers desires and professionally vacuum sealed for easy freezer storage. We securely pack your frozen fish in boxes up to 50 pounds to ensure your catch remains fully frozen until enjoyed at your dinner table back home. Your fish can be checked as baggage for your return flight, but we also provide shipping services at prices averaging at $4 a pound.

Each person reacts to open boating and sportfishing experiences differently. Even the most seasoned veteran gets seasick from time to time. Our vessels are fully stocked with Coast Guard approved first-aid kits in the event that you become ill. We also have motion sickness medicine available in our gift shop.

Dining

Guests with meals in their overnight package have three meals per day included, beginning with dinner on the day of arrival.  Most meals are served in our Timbers Restaurant.  For our early-morning guests, a full, hot breakfast buffet is served from 6am to 8am.  From 8am to 10pm, guests may choose items from our a la carte breakfast menu.  A lunch bar bites menu is available from 11am to 5pm and features smaller plates, sandwiches and salads.  If you are fishing during the day, you will be offered your choice of meal boxes when you arrive for check-in.  Dinner is offered in Timbers from 5pm and includes soup or salad, an entrée and a choice of dessert.  Coffee, tea and non-alcoholic beverages are included in your package.  Additional menu items and alcoholic beverages may be added to your room.

DINING INFORMATION

Please refer to our Timbers Restaurant page for our hours as well as current menus. Our restaurant is closed during the offseason which typically runs from October 1 through May 1.

Packing & Weather

Ketchikan has an oceanic climate and experiences mild summers with an average high temperature in August of 65 degrees. We are located in a rainforest and do experience rain which keeps our hillsides green.

Ketchikan is definitely a place for layers and warmer clothing. Mornings and evenings can be cooler, however the afternoons tend to warm up and sunscreen may be needed. There is a chance of showers, but not to worry! Salmon Falls Resort has rain gear and boots on hand. Outdoor shoes or boots are ideal for the docks and boats, and for being active around Ketchikan. If you forgot something, don’t worry. We have just about everything you will need in our gift shop.

Location & Transportation

Salmon Falls Resort is located 15 miles north of Ketchikan International Airport.  Let us know your arrival time in advance and our driver will meet you at the airport.  Fun fact: the Ketchikan airport is located on Gravina Island, across the Tongass Narrows from the city of Ketchikan.  Your Alaskan adventure will begin with a short ferry ride to town, where you’ll head north to the resort.

Should you choose to explore Ketchikan and Revillagigedo Island on your own, a list of car rental companies can be found here.  Parking at Salmon Falls is complimentary.  Uber and Lyft are available or our front desk staff can arrange a taxi.  Our fleet of Salmon Falls vans are also available to guests for pick-up and drop-off in town for a small fee.

Known as Alaska’s First City, Ketchikan has a lot to offer our guests.  Let our Adventure Specialists arrange a cultural or historical tour for you.  Walk Creek Street and shop for Alaskan gifts along the waterfront.

KETCHIKAN INFO

COVID-19

The safety of our guests is our number one priority at Salmon Falls.  Currently, the State of Alaska requires a negative COVID test taken with 72 hours of your arrival in to Alaska.  Current guidelines can be found on the State of Alaska COVID-19 Travelers Page.

ALASKA COVID-19 INFO

Salmon Falls can send a COVID-19 test to your home in advance of your departure for Alaska.  Easy to self-administer, this kit includes a pre-paid envelope to send your sample overnight to a lab, where results will be emailed to you 24-48 hours later.  These results should be uploaded in advance to the State of Alaska website or printed and carried with you to show as proof upon your arrival in Ketchikan. Please let our team know at least seven days in advance of your flight to give us time to order the test and have it shipped to your location.

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