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Characteristics of the Best Lodges in Alaska

When determining what makes the best lodges in Alaska, you may quickly find your head spinning with options. Some places focus on fishing, while others offer generalized Alaska adventures like hiking and kayaking. For most residents of the lower 48, a trip to the Last Frontier doesn’t come around too often, so it’s understandable why someone would want to maximize their vacation with a world-class experience.

Saltwater Angling | Kodiak Fishing Charters

The thrill of saltwater fishing off the Alaskan coast is something every avid angler should experience in their lifetime. The vast open sea, a wide variety of fish, and the ongoing challenge are just a few rewards you’ll find when you hop aboard a Kodiak fishing charter.

Edible Forest Plants on Afognak Island

Afognak Wilderness Lodge is a desirable adventure destination because of the many ways you can immerse yourself in nature’s bounty. Foraging in the woods is a rite of passage for many outdoor enthusiasts, so that’s why we’ll be looking at some of the edible forest plants found right in our backyard.

3 Unique Places to Take Photos on the Kodiak Archipelago

As one of the world’s most beautiful places, Alaska’s Kodiak Archipelago presents an extraordinary photography experience. From breathtaking coastal mountain landscapes to enormous breaching whales, nature lovers and animal enthusiasts will find themselves in awe.

Alaska Birds: Afognak Island Edition

For many birdwatchers, Alaska presents an untapped treasure trove of opportunities. First of all, the Last Frontier’s pristine wilderness offers excellent habitat for several species. Secondly, some birds, like horned and tufted puffins, are difficult to find anywhere outside Alaska. And although many Alaska birds thrive elsewhere, very few places provide [...]

Things to Know About Afognak Island, Alaska

From dense forest terrain to otherworldly coastal panoramas, Afognak Island is among the most beautiful places in Alaska. Upon learning about the second-largest isle of the Kodiak Archipelago, many travelers are surprised to find out that Afognak Wilderness Lodge is the only all-inclusive resort or residence on the state park property. [...]

Afognak Wonders: Seeing the Northern Lights from Alaska

With its iconic mountains, sprawling forests, and abundant wildlife, Alaska is an excellent place for a memorable vacation. There are many wonders in “The Last Frontier,” but perhaps none as mesmerizing as the northern lights. For generations, travelers worldwide have made their way to Alaska to see the celestial display illuminate [...]

5 Exercises That Will Help Your Train for Kayaking in Alaska

Afognak Wilderness Lodge may be best known for its unfettered access to some of the best fishing in Alaska, but we also offer several other adventures. There are many ways to explore the Last Frontier, but perhaps none are as immersive as by kayak. Gliding along calm waters as you paddle [...]

3 Reasons Why You Should Visit Alaska This Year

Although there are plenty of excellent reasons to visit Alaska, some people may need a little extra motivation. Planning vacations can sometimes be stressful, so it’s essential to focus on why you want to go somewhere rather than the challenges. After all, you don’t want to miss out on the trip [...]

Reasons to Take a Trip to Alaska with Kids

As the holiday season continues, many of us are pondering what type of gifts to enjoy with the whole family. Vacations often seem to be the best option as they provide the perfect opportunity to spend time with each other while experiencing something new, and Alaska is no exception! Now, some [...]

What to Pack for an Alaska Photography Tour

Alaska nature offers arguably some of the most breathtaking photo opportunities in the nation, if not the world! A stay at Afognak Wilderness Lodge means you are not only surrounded by these stunning sights, but you have ample ways to explore them. Our all-inclusive resort puts you close to top spots [...]

Afognak Island Escapes | Romantic Getaways in Alaska

We’ll be the first ones to admit that when it comes to nourishing your love, romantic getaways in Alaska might not be at the forefront of your mind. After all, with places like France, Italy, or even Norway at the top of many “Most Romantic Places” lists, it’s easy to understand [...]

Alaska Bucket List: Unique Adventures on Afognak Island

People typically head north to the “Last Frontier” to find enriching endeavors that you simply can’t recreate in the lower-48 states. An Alaska bucket list is a definitive collection of things to do that, unless you’re a regular visitor, you may never have an opportunity to experience elsewhere. Within the beautiful [...]

Watching Whales in Alaska with Afognak Wilderness Lodge

With its impeccable waters, ideal habitat, and proximity to prominent migratory corridors, Afognak Island is a magnificent destination to watch whales in Alaska. A wide variety of cetacean species—whales, dolphins, and porpoises—reside in the various inlets, fjords, and bays found throughout the Kodiaks. And Afognak Wilderness Lodge invites you to take [...]

Getting Started | Fly Fishing in Alaska

Known for its unrivaled adventures, abundant wildlife, and world-class fishing opportunities, Afognak Wilderness Lodge is an otherworldly travel destination embedded within the Kodiak Islands. And thanks in no small part to a very healthy salmonid population, pristine ecosystem, and immaculate landscapes, fly fishing in Alaska has become a bucket list experience [...]

An Alaska Summer Vacation on Afognak Island

An Alaska summer vacation is hard to come by for many people, that’s why Afognak Wilderness Lodge—the only lodge or residence on Afognak Island—provides an affordable option with no minimum stay for those hoping to discover one of the world’s most unique and beautiful. From fishing to wildlife viewing and many [...]

Getting to Know the Kodiak Brown Bear

One of the fascinating things to do in Alaska is wildlife viewing, and Afognak Island is no exception! Our beloved slice of paradise is home to a diverse and abundant fauna population; however, few animals are as revered as the Kodiak brown bear. Given our location, Afognak Wilderness Lodge offers an [...]

Beautiful Alaska | Exploring 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 [...]

The Best Time to Visit Alaska

Many people planning a trip to the "Land of the Midnight Sun" may be wondering, "When is the best time to visit Alaska?" The truth is that Alaska is an excellent vacation destination no matter what time of the year, but finding the best time will depend significantly on what you [...]

Fun Ways to Stay Busy Before Your Alaska Fishing Vacation

Anglers usually don't have many chances for their favorite pastime in winter unless they live in a warm climate or go ice fishing. A lack of opportunity is often the most significant limiting factor followed by winter obligations and responsibilities—like holidays and hunting. No matter the hurdles, there are more than [...]

3 Reasons to Book Your Summer Alaska Wilderness Vacation Now

Although we’re well into the offseason, we’re already looking ahead to next summer, and we suggest you follow our lead. An Alaska wilderness vacation is a bucket list item for a lot of people. After a long year, we’re willing to bet there will be a large influx of anglers and [...]

The Best Books about Alaska to Read before Your Trip

So you're thinking about taking an Alaska vacation to Afognak Island? Before your trip, you can get a feel for the immaculate landscapes, pristine ecosystems, and stunning wildlife by indulging in some of the best books about Alaska. Just because Afognak Wilderness Lodge is closed for the season doesn't mean you [...]

Afognak Island Travel Packing List and Smart Travel Tips

You may have heard various vagabonds tell you the most important thing about traveling in Alaska is to have plenty of layers. While we certainly won’t argue with that notion, there is much more to consider for your travel packing list when embarking on a wildness retreat to Afognak Island and [...]

The Best Cameras for Nature Photography

Choosing a camera for nature photography seems relatively easy on the surface. Still, there is a rather wide range of cameras and features that can fulfill your needs, including mirrorless systems with a few advantages over DLSRs. While many photographers will tell you that the best camera is the one you [...]

Trout Fishing in Alaska: Best Spinners for Trout

Many people will contemplate using fly rods when trout fishing in Alaska, but did you know that spinnerbaits are an overlooked and highly effective method for targeting the coveted game fish? And, although Afognak Wilderness Lodge will supply you with top-rated gear, to be extra prepared, you may want to pack [...]

Best Practices for Viewing the Alaskan Wildlife

While fishing is undoubtedly a big draw for our guests, one of the most precious amenities offered by Afognak Island is the abundance of Alaskan wildlife that share their land and water with us. Summer months are also an excellent time for wildlife viewing in our diverse & well populated area. [...]

Hiking in Alaska at Afognak Island State Park

Hiking in Alaska is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the unscathed pristine beauty offered by this magnificent state. Just north of Kodiak Island, Afognak Island has approximately 75,000 acres of protected wilderness that makes the perfect destination for any Alaskan vacation. Located in a very remote area, Afognak Wilderness Lodge has served as the ultimate basecamp for adventure seekers and outdoor enthusiasts looking for a taste of the wild. Being the only lodge or residence on the island certainly has its perks. As such, we want to invite you to stay with us to explore this sacred treasure we call home.

4 Alaskan Salmon Recipes from Afognak Wilderness Lodge

At this point, many people would say the words salmon and fishing in Alaska go hand in hand. For decades, eager anglers have descended on the Kodiak Island area for a shot at snagging their biggest catch yet. The feat of reeling and landing one of Alaska’s coveted Pacific salmon species [...]

Alaska Fishing Charters with Afognak Wilderness Lodge

The fishing near Kodiak Island is some of the best in Alaska, if not the world. Every year, thousands of anglers from abroad descend upon this legendary archipelago to experience the thrill and adventure of Alaska fishing vacations. Every serious fisherman and woman should strive to find themselves fishing in Alaska, [...]

A Kodiak Islands Vacation at Afognak Wilderness Lodge

Imagine, you've just pulled your luggage from the floatplane. Preoccupied with making sure you have everything, you don't immediately notice the misty mountain forest that surrounds you. Your family is slow to make their way out of the aircraft, but as they step outside, their faces begin to glow and you are reminded why you came here. After dropping your gear on the ground, you pull out your phone and notice you have no service. You smile and think to yourself, "Perfect."

Tips for Wildlife Photography in Alaska

Arguably, two of the main reasons people come to Alaska are scenic landscapes and abundant wildlife. As the air warms and the ground begins to thaw, numerous species will exit from their dens or return from their vacation homes to forage, mate, and raise their young, making the opportunity to capture these precious moments more abundant with each sunrise.

The Ultimate Alaskan Wilderness Experience

If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, look no further than a vacation to the Kodiak Islands. Located off the southwest coast of Alaska, the Kodiak Islands are a stunning natural reprieve from everyday life. Surround yourself with the lush, towering forests and breathe in the crisp, clean air. Among [...]

Authentically Beautiful Alaska Fishing Lodges

Alaska fishing is world-famous for a reason—more than one, actually. Alaska is gorgeous, the fish are plentiful, and there are a wide variety of fishing styles to try. You can fly fish from the banks of a rushing river, wade in a babbling stream, or hit the ocean for the excitement [...]

The Best Kayaking in Alaska

Afognak Island is a breathtaking oasis of outdoor adventure. It’s a pristine, untouched slice of nature and is truly one of Alaska’s crown jewels. With over 75,000 acres of immaculate Alaska state parks land, you’ll find picturesque views at every turn. Afognak Wilderness Lodge is at the heart of this piece [...]

January 6th, 2020|Categories: AWL Blog, Guided Adventures|

Wonders In The Water At Afognak Wilderness Lodge

Some of the most awe-inspiring aspects of the Alaskan wilderness is the residents that live amongst the vast forests and the waters surrounding our lodge. In an area as gorgeous as Kodiak, Alaska, we are privileged to have such an array of incredible critters that we encourage our guests to embark [...]

Best Kodiak Restaurants and Alaska Beer

For many people, the best part of a vacation is the food. Every part of the world has different styles of cuisine, and Alaska is no different! Kodiak and Afognak Island are separate chunks of land, but we share much of our culture and sources of entertainment. When you stay at [...]

Traveling to Alaska in the Fall

At Afognak Wilderness Lodge, we've helped countless people reconnect with nature by experiencing the jaw-dropping beauty of the Alaskan wilderness. The majority of our guests plan their Alaskan wilderness vacation in the summer, and there's good reason for that. But contrary to what many believe, summer isn't the only time you [...]

September 20th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Top 4 Most Beautiful Places in Kodiak, Alaska

Alaska is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and Kodiak, Alaska, is home to some of the most beautiful places in Alaska. When you stay with us at our Afognak Island Alaska wilderness lodge, you’ll be surrounded by some of the best Alaska scenery. We offer easy access [...]

Best Bear Viewing Spots in Alaska

People make the voyage out here at Afognak Wilderness Lodge, within the heart of Afognak Island State Park, for various reasons. For one, the fishing here is elite, comprised of sockeye and silver salmon, Dolly Varden trout, halibut, ling-cod, and yellow-eye and sea-bass, among others. Our numerous national parks offer stunning [...]

Tips On How To Photograph Wildlife

Come to Afognak Lodge for the Ultimate Opportunity to Capture Wildlife If you’re looking for an Alaska travel deal, Afognak Wilderness Lodge offers one of the most unique experiences on the continent. The land & marine wildlife viewing/photography, sea kayaking and, of course, fresh & saltwater fishing expeditions are part of [...]

June 18th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Alaskan Wilderness Adventures: The Importance of Guides

A fishing trip to the vast Alaskan wilderness can be one of the most exhilarating excursions out there. The sprawling landscapes are breathtaking, and the trophy fish available are those that most anglers can only dream of. However, a fishing trip to the Alaskan wilderness can also be a bit tricky [...]

Kodiak Island Fishing Lodges: Saltwater Fishing

There is no rush quite like heading out to sea with fishing gear in hand and tackling the monsters of the deep for an incredible Alaska fishing trip. When you embark on one of our Afognak Wilderness Lodge saltwater fishing trips, you can expect the most exciting catches you have ever [...]

Top 5 Reasons Why Kodiak, Alaska Should Be Your Next Vacation Spot

When most people think of a vacation, they picture luxury resorts with heated pools and plenty of fruity cocktails. But there's another approach to vacations – one that involves traveling to see isolated regions that, while more difficult and less convenient, show us the beauty that exists in this world. At [...]

March 27th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Kodiak Brown Bear Safety

The Alaskan wilderness is full of magnificent wildlife and landscapes that will take your breath away. One of our most majestic wildlife residents is the Kodiak Brown Bear. Here at Afognak Wilderness Lodge, we want to share a few brown bear facts and safety tips to help guests stay informed on [...]

Fish You’ll Find in Kodiak, Alaska

Fish You’ll Find in Kodiak, Alaska Alaska is a beautiful state with a coastline that provides plenty of fishing opportunities. One specific location that has attracted fishing enthusiasts over the years is Kodiak Island, where you can also find our Kodiak wilderness lodge. Here are some of the many types of [...]

March 7th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Afognak Wilderness Lodge – Freshwater Fishing At Its Finest

For many anglers, Alaska is at the top of their bucket lists for fishing trip destinations. With such a hearty variety of trophy fish and waters that lie in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness, it is easy to see why. The unique location of our wilderness lodge also allows anglers [...]

Understand Fish in Alaska | Freshwater Fish

Before planning your ultimate Alaska fishing adventure, it’s important to know a little about the many different fish in Alaska. Freshwater fish are abundant on Afognak Island, and they’re so much fun to catch! Whether you want to bring fish home or you prefer to catch and release, the fish in [...]

Wonders In The Water At Afognak Wilderness Lodge

Some of the most awe-inspiring aspects of the Alaskan wilderness is the residents that live amongst the vast forests and the waters surrounding our lodge. In an area as gorgeous as Kodiak, Alaska, we are privileged to have such an array of incredible critters that we encourage our guests to embark [...]

Couples That Fish Together, Stay Together

Many couples find it difficult to reserve time for reconnecting and doing things that both of you love. Whether it is a busy schedule or taking care of children that fill your time, get away from the hustle and bustle for a while to reconnect with one another at Afognak Wilderness [...]

When The Dinner Bell Rings on Your Kodiak Island Vacation

You’ve spent all day outside enjoying the gorgeous Alaskan outdoors, and while it’s been the time of your life, you are exhausted and in need of a hearty and filling home cooked meal. Lucky for you, our Afognak Wilderness Lodge in the beautiful Kodiak Islands provides guests with fantastic dining options [...]

What to Expect When You Stay at Afognak

A trip to Afognak Wilderness Lodge is one of the most unique and exciting Alaska adventures you can experience. With unmatched access to both saltwater and freshwater fishing, this jewel of the Kodiak Islands is an adventurer’s dream locale. The variety and abundance of incredible wildlife are second to none, and [...]

The Perfect Northern Photo Op

From world-renowned photographers and film-makers to novices fueling their newfound passion and hobby, Afognak Wilderness Lodge plays host to all levels of creatives hoping to capture the perfect moment on film. As the only residence within the 50,000-acre Afognak Island State Park, our Kodiak Alaska lodging is exclusive and remote. Our [...]

The Best Fishing Spots Near Kodiak, AK

At Afognak Wilderness Lodge, we're proud to help guests from all parts experience the rugged beauty of the Kodiak Islands. While much of that can be absorbed from hiking the pristine trails, photographing wildlife, and taking in the power of the landscape, sometimes we all want a more active way to experience nature – and that's where the magnificent fishing around Kodiak truly shines. Whether you're a fly fisher or a spin caster, the Kodiak Islands offer the perfect place for an Alaskan fishing experience.