A beautiful Kodiak bear standing near the shoreline at Afognak Island State Park.People come to Alaska for various reasons. Some of us want an opportunity to chase coveted game fish amid pristine waters, while others wish to share priceless moments with the native fauna. From fishing to wildlife viewing and everything in between, “The Last Frontier” never disappoints. Part of what makes our beautiful state so alluring is the ease at which visitors can immerse themselves in Alaska’s sights, sounds, smells, and tastes. Specializing in providing an experience that draws from everything Alaska has to offer, Afognak Wilderness Lodge has been a premier Kodiak Island destination since 1974, thanks in part to our access to Afognak Island State Park.

Getting to Know Afognak Island State Park

With its rugged landscape, dense old-growth forests, and abundant wildlife, it’s not surprising that many outdoor enthusiasts consider Afognak Island State Park a crown jewel of the Alaska state park system. As such, many of the most popular adventures at our wilderness lodge revolve around visits to this beloved recreational area. Located just north of Kodiak Island, Afognak Island State Park is 116,000 acres of tranquil magnificence only accessible via boat or floatplane. 

Alaska Wilderness | What to Do at Afognak Island State Park

Known for its sprawling Sitka spruce forests and ideal salmon habitat, the park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including Kodiak brown bear, Sitka black-tailed deer, Roosevelt elk, and the endangered marbled murrelet, a popular attraction for birders. Visitors can witness sea lions, seals, beavers, river and sea otters, fox, marten, and ermine from the shores. No matter your adventure of choice, you’ll be in good hands with Afognak Wilderness Lodge. Here are some of our favorites: 

  • Bear watching – Afognak Island is home to many Kodiak brown bears, among other species.
  • Birding – From puffin to magpies, various bird species call Afognak Island home.
  • Wildlife photography – Multiple boats and guides ensure you get every opportunity to experience nearly mosquito-less photography excursions to capture the antics of several different species.
  • Hiking – Whether along the shores combing for natural treasures or through the dimly-lit forest, hiking on Afognak Island is something every outdoor enthusiast should experience.

Fishing in Alaska

Fishing on Afognak Island is so prominent that it requires a separate section. With a healthy population of sport fish, including various salmon and trout species, very few places offer such fantastic fresh and saltwater angling opportunities. Whether from the rivers or the ocean, you’ll find some of Alaska’s most productive fisheries on Afognak Island.

Log Cabins in Alaska: The Ultimate Summer Vacation

A seemingly smiling puffin greets onlookers at Afognak Island State Park.Afognak Island State Park is the perfect example of the unspoiled Alaskan wilderness. It’s not easy to find the words that accurately depict our slice of paradise, but most will say it’s simply breathtaking. From authentic local cuisine to rustically elegant accommodations, there’s no better place to make you feel like a genuine Alaskan explorer. To make a reservation, please reach out to us online or call 360-799-3250. You can also visit our rates page for more information.