Our Adventures to Ketchikan, Alaska
One of our favorite places to head out to in the summertime is Ketchikan, Alaska and visit Salmon Falls Resort. This resort offers shuttle service from the airport directly to the resort, it is about a 20-25 minute ride to the resort. As soon as you arrive at the resort you will know you have found a fishing paradise, the views are just incredible.
This resort offers deluxe rooms with king size bed and all inclusive meals with your fishing package, they also can help you decided what kind of fishing experience you would like, for example you may only want to spend 3 days of fishing and 2 days of exploring Ketchikan. Lets not forget the food which is incredible, catch your fish and have the chef cook it up for you. Actually my favorite is the filet mignon, hubbys favorite was the salmon that was grilled to perfection.
Best time to visit Ketchikan depends on what you want to catch, May- Mid August is big for King Salmon and Ketchikan has a fishing tournament every year. Silvers June-September, Pinks July-August, Sockeye July-August and Halibut June-August. As you can see anytime in the summertime is an excellent time to visit Salmon Falls Resort.
Depending on how many days you want to stay in Ketchikan or Salmon Falls Resort, I have come up with your packing list to take with you on this fun Alaskan adventure.
-Fishermans Hat or basic baseball hat
– long sleeve and short sleeve shirts
-comfortable cargo pants
This is a great compact camera to take on this vacation, easily to fit in your pocket. Such a great camera by Panosonic allows even the beginner photographer to take amazing photos. We recently had a good friend take this camera with him to Iceland and the clarity of the colors were amazing, check out the great reviews by clicking on the link above.
My favorite products to Go Fishing
Fishing boots are an absolute must for any trip to Alaska. These boots have slip-resistant, non-marking Chevron outsole provides a sure footing without leaving marks or scuffs to provide the perfect combination of safety and style, with several different prints on the inside to chose from.
I never take a fishing trip without this jacket. On average, Alaska gets 103 days of rain every year. That means, your chances of getting caught in the rain are relatively high. This is my favorite fishing jacket that is lightweight on the outside but lined with fleece material inside, so you will feel soft and warm all while staying dry.
When on the water, sun screen is always a must have. This is my go to brand! This SPF 50+ will protect you from the harsh sun reflecting off of the water when fishing, or just out and about enjoying your vacation. Never leave without it!
Under Armour Fishing Shorts
Fishing shorts are a must have when in Alaska! These 100% polyester shorts last forever and are the perfect combination of comfort and style. If you’re planning a summer fishing trip to Alaska, these Under Armour shorts are highly recommended!
Ward Lake is a great place to see some of Alaska’s beautiful scenery, this is about a 10 minute ride to the Lake. Schedule ahead of time with the front desk and they can drop you off for a hike around Ward Lake. This is a 3.4 mile loop trail, I would consider this an easy hike, no hills to climb. Plan to visit Ward Lake for about 90 minutes so you can take in all the beautiful picture shots.
A great little afternoon break from fishing is to take one of the skiffs from Salmon Falls Resort down to Knudson Cove, they have a nice little marina and a great little shake shack called Dockside Galley. Great little local place with burgers, shakes and of course Halibut burgers.
Bear Excursion in Tongrass National Forest
This location is near Margaret Lake, in the Tongass National Forest. Talk about getting one with nature, for these guys this was an incredible sight to see baby bears with their mothers climbing thru the forest as well as seeing bears in the water trying to grab some dinner. This location is approximately 16 miles, must use a boat to get to this location.
Once you reach the dock its about a 2 mile hike into the area where the bears are. Stay on the path and do not venture out through the forest on your own. There seems to be quite a few tour groups coming and going, my suggestion is to get there early in the morning.
This hiking trail can be found by asking the employees at Salmon Falls Resort, its called Coastguard Beach, this is located between Ketchikan and Salmon Falls Resort. Its about a 25 minute walk down to the water, lots of marine life and stunning starfish, I have never seen such beautiful orange and purple starfish. The hike is harder than Ward Lake but just take your time its worth the hard work to get down there and back up. Try and go during low tide so you can appreciate all the beauty of the marine life.
amazing things to experience at Salmon Falls Resort
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