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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 [...]

Whale Watching Tips

Whale Watching Tips At Afognak Wilderness Lodge Whale watching in Afognak, AK, can be one of the most memorable moments of your life. Watching the largest animals on earth in their natural habitat is nothing short of breathtaking. To ensure that your whale watching experience is worthwhile, it is important to [...]

February 5th, 2019|Categories: AWL Blog|

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.

August 23rd, 2018|Categories: AWL Blog|

Meeting Our Water Dwelling Neighbors

Turn your great Alaskan vacation into more than just a fishing trip. Stay at the remote and beautiful Afognak Wilderness Lodge and experience an incredible variety of wildlife. The unique location on Afognak Island means that you will witness a plethora of wildlife only found at this exclusive Alaska wilderness lodge. [...]

Fun Facts About the Bald Eagle

At Afognak Wilderness Lodge, we're proud to help guests from all over the world experience the sheer majesty of the wild in the Kodiak Archipelago. Our wilderness vacations feature breathtaking opportunities for nature photography, awe-inspiring hikes with plenty of wildlife, and magnificent bird watching – and one of the birds we often see around Kodiak is the bald eagle. As our country's national bird, the bald eagle is an iconic symbol of North America and the US. Here are a few things we bet you didn't know about the bald eagle!

July 26th, 2018|Categories: AWL Blog|

A Few Interesting Residents of Afognak Island

It’s not called Afognak Wilderness Lodge for nothing! Located between the northern Pacific Ocean and the remote Alaskan forest, this Incredible slice of heaven known as Afognak Island is home to a vast variety of animals and wildlife. From rare birds to giant bears, the island is a nature lover's dream [...]

What to Bring on Your Fishing Adventure

At last, the time has arrived for you to pack and gear up for the ultimate Alaskan adventure with Afognak Wilderness Lodge. While this opportunity of a lifetime is bound to be fun and relaxing, it is essential that you adequately prepare for all of the exciting activities that the Afognak [...]

Kicking Off The Fishing Season

With your line in the water, you sit back and take in the views around you. Beautiful sprawling Alaskan wilderness surrounds you, and vast panoramic mountain and forest views are visible from every angle. You wade as the waves rush around your legs and as you scan the shallow streams around [...]

Best Lodging in Kodiak, Alaska

At Afognak Lodge in Kodiak, Alaska, we offer an experience like no other. This is the place for Kodiak, Alaska lodging, situated between the ocean, forests, and mountains. Afognak Lodge is the best lodge in Kodiak and the state of Alaska. Afognak Island is perfectly located in Kodiak, Alaska, a region that is home to breathtaking views and incredible wildlife. The island offers fresh and saltwater, lush green forests, and majestic mountains. It truly is an outdoor paradise. On top of the scenery, the local animals and birdlife are indescribable. Afognak Island houses a plethora wildlife including sea lions, whales, Kodiak bears, and elks, to name a few.

May 19th, 2018|Categories: Lodging|

What’s the Best Camera for Photographing Wildlife?

At Afognak Wilderness Lodge, we're proud to help our guests experience the majesty that the Kodiak Islands have to offer – and one of the best ways to capture it is through wildlife photography. We regularly lead our guests in hiking and kayaking photo tours through the oceans, forests, mountains, and meadows of the Kodiak Island to photograph birds, mammals, fish, and of course the Kodiak brown bear – and if you're wondering what camera to bring along to your wilderness vacation, we can help!

April 27th, 2018|Categories: AWL Blog, Photography|

Welcoming Spring At Afognak

When the world begins to thaw and come back to life once more, Afognak Wilderness Lodge gets ready to welcome back guests for another season of adventure. Our wildlife tours will be kicking off once more, and our cabins prepared to accommodate each guest. Afognak Island Alaska will soon be a [...]

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Kodiak, Alaska

At Afognak Wilderness Lodge, our mission is to help people experience the jaw-dropping beauty of the Kodiak Archipelago through exciting wilderness retreats and vacations. We're proud to lead guests on adventures through the gorgeous meadows, hikes, and oceans in this pristine wilderness – but even beyond its beauty, there's more to Kodiak than meets the eye!

March 25th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Best Time to Visit Kodiak, Alaska

Without question, summer is the best option for those looking to vacation in Kodiak. While the weather is still unpredictable, summer is generally the most pleasant, mild time of the year, giving you the perfect weather to explore the wilderness, rugged terrain, and beautiful seas. Summer provides the opportunity for lure and fly fishing in freshwater and saltwater, gorgeous hikes, whale watching, unparalleled photographs, and very pleasant weather.

February 19th, 2018|Categories: AWL Blog|

Bird Watching in Kodiak

If you’re looking for bird watching in Kodiak, Alaska, there’s one place where you should absolutely go – the Afognak Wilderness Lodge! The beautiful scenery and wide variety of birds here make it a bird watcher’s dream come true. If you’ve yet to experience the beauty of bird watching in Kodiak, we invite you to immerse yourself in it here at our wilderness lodge and we’ll treat you to an experience that you’ll never forget!

January 20th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

10 Reasons to Choose Afognak Wilderness Lodge

When you’re looking for a Kodiak, Alaska vacation, we realize that you’ll have a plethora of options to choose from. After all, Kodiak Island isn’t exactly a small place! Having said that, that’s why we at Afognak Wilderness Lodge are always striving to provide the best experience for our visitors who are looking for a Kodiak, Alaska resort. We want you to choose us – and most importantly – we want you to desire to come back. To show why we feel that we’re the top Kodiak wilderness lodge around, we’d like to give you ten reasons why we recommend visiting us.

January 4th, 2018|Categories: AWL Blog, Uncategorized|

Alaska Travel Tips

If you’re planning on traveling to Alaska for the first time, naturally you’re excited about exploring this vast, wild, and beautiful state that’s like no other. Whether your plans include doing some freshwater fishing in Kodiak or renting a car for a sightseeing adventure, we’ve got a few travel tips that will help you get the most out of your visit.

November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Bear Safety When You Visit Kodiak, Alaska

A vacation to Alaska is a great opportunity to learn all kinds of Fun Facts About The Kodiak Brown Bear, as well as many other types of animals, such as the Kodiak Red Fox, the River Otter, & the Snowshoe Hare. That being said, when you visit Alaska, chances are you might see a brown bear or two. Don’t worry, we’ll let you know what to do when you see one, and you’ll find out what behaviors and safety measures you should follow to stay safe around these beautiful—but potentially dangerous—wild animals.

October 4th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Everything You Need to Know About the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights

The splendid moving lights of the aurora are really collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the world's environment. The lights are seen over the northern and southern halves of the globe. This phenomenon is known as 'Aurora borealis' in the north and ‘Aurora Australis’ in the south. The term ‘Aurora borealis’ comes from the Latin Aurora, meaning “Roman goddess of the dawn” plus Latin Borealis, meaning “north.” This is why the Aurora Borealis is also called the Northern Lights.

September 6th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Salmon Fishing in Kodiak

If you’re planning a summer trip to Kodiak and love to go fishing, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, you’ll find a number of tips & tricks used by guests and pros alike. Afognak Wilderness Lodge is conveniently located in Kodiak and offers all kinds of amenities to ensure that you enjoy your stay and have a successful fishing trip.

August 9th, 2017|Categories: AWL Blog|

Whale Watching in Kodiak

Seeing and hearing a whale spout is a thrilling experience and one that most people never forget. Many of our guests at Afognak Wilderness Lodge choose to go on whale watching expeditions, as they’re truly a sight to behold. The summer season is one of the best times to catch the massive mammals, starting in June and continuing for the entire summer season.

July 7th, 2017|Categories: AWL Blog|

Fun Facts About The Kodiak Brown Bear

Very few places in the world often the amazing wonder of Afognak Wilderness Lodge. From our unspoiled wilderness to temperate rainforest climate, a trip to Afognak Island is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will remember forever. Now that we’re entering the summer season, one of our favorite animals is emerging from hibernation: the Kodiak brown bear. These incredible creatures can weigh up to 1500 pounds, and can be seen in our pristine forest among the Sitka spruce trees.

June 12th, 2017|Categories: AWL Blog|

Afognak’s Temperate Rainforest: An Ecological Wonder

Afognak Wilderness Lodge boasts one of the most unique lodging experiences in the United States, with a beautiful temperate climate and a thriving ecosystem to match. As many of the rainforests throughout the world have been subject to commercial and industrial logging, our land has remained preserved in excellent condition, with protected bays and incredible wildlife to witness.

May 16th, 2017|Categories: AWL Blog|

Afognak Island: Unspoiled Wilderness With A Temperate Climate

At Afognak Lodge, we offer a beautiful view, classy accommodations and plenty of wilderness adventures. From our fresh and saltwater fishing trips to unforgettable nature tours, our first class Alaska lodge offers one of the most unique experiences in the country. Our wilderness retreat lodge offers an incredible experience in a totally remote location that provides all the creature comforts of home.

April 19th, 2017|Categories: AWL Blog|

Everything You Need To Know About The Snowshoe Hare

At Afognak Wilderness Lodge, we provide comfortable lodging to visitors on Afognak Island to fish, explore nature and take photographs of the amazing scenery and wildlife. Our lodge offers more than just your typical vacation, and it the experience you’ll have here will change your life forever. If you love nature, and seeing incredible animals in their natural habitat, we recommend visiting our contact page and booking a stay with us soon.

March 15th, 2017|Categories: Lodging|

All About River/Land Otter

If you’re planning a vacation in Kodiak, Alaska, you’re in for a wonderful time as this part of the state offers a diverse range of wildlife and grand adventures in a natural setting that is a sight to behold! At Afognak Wilderness Lodge, we offer visitors to Afognak Island a one-of-a-kind experience. When you stay at our comfortable lodge, you’ll be surrounded by an abundance of land and marine wildlife, including the river otter.

January 18th, 2017|Categories: AWL Blog|

Kodiak Red Fox

Native to Kodiak Island, the Kodiak red fox is large in size, with a big tail and coarse, thick fur. The fur around the shoulders and neck is thicker and denser than the fur on the rest of the body and more so during the winter season. The Kodiak red fox is largest member of the true fox family.

December 7th, 2016|Categories: AWL Blog|

All About LingCod

When it comes to Kodiak freshwater fishing, there are so many different fish to catch including several species of salmon, steelhead, and rainbow trout that any fishing trip is sure to be an exciting one! If you’re planning a trip to our Kodiak Alaska resort so you can enjoy spending time with your line in the water, you should know about the LingCod. This is a highly sought after fish by recreational fishermen that puts up an excellent fight and which provides a very tasty meal. The beautiful, flaky white flesh of this fish has a mild flavor, making it an ideal fish to both bake and grill.

November 30th, 2016|Categories: AWL Blog|

All About Puffins

At Afognak Wilderness Lodge, we aim to provide comfortable lodging for those vacationing in Kodiak, Alaska. Our wilderness vacation retreat offers a unique experience, that will give you memories that will last a lifetime. We attribute much of this to the breathtaking scenery and wildlife that’s perfect for both photographers and those who just want to relax and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. In this blog, we’ll be covering some of our favorite seabirds: the puffin.

October 10th, 2016|Categories: AWL Blog|

All About Sea Lions

Visiting Afognak Island during August and September is not only great for freshwater fishing (with our coho/”silver” salmon) and wildlife viewing, but it’s also a great time to see some of our most entertaining mammals, the sea lion. Sea lions can be seen after a short half hour boat trip from the lodge, both on their island and in the water. These magnificent creatures are known to come quite close to our boats, and can be seen in larger numbers due to the Coho/”Silver” salmon run.

September 9th, 2016|Categories: AWL Blog|

Enjoy Fly Fishing At Afognak Wilderness Lodge

At our Kodiak Alaska fishing lodge, we have good fresh and saltwater fly fishing, which includes three of the five major species of salmon. These salon run between late-May and late-September, making our lodge a top destination for fisherman who want the variety of both fresh and deep-sea fishing. In this blog, we’ll discuss what’s to come at Afognak Wilderness Lodge during the late summer and fall months, characterized by the return of the Humpback/”pink” salmon, Coho/”silver” salmon, and Dolly Varden.

August 19th, 2016|Categories: AWL Blog|

Offshore Birds of the Kodiak Islands

At Afognak Wilderness Lodge, we see a lot of wildlife - and the diverse birds of the Kodiak Islands are particularly remarkable. In our last blog, we highlighted a few of our favorite onshore birds - birds you may see when walking through the forests of the island. For this blog, we'll talk about a few of the birds that could be spotted during our fishing trips or whale watching tours.

July 6th, 2016|Categories: AWL Blog|

The Onshore Birds in Kodiak, Alaska

Not only do the Kodiak Islands boast countless sea and land mammals, but we also have a variety of onshore birds. Opportunities to see these magnificent creatures are plentiful, due to our island’s relatively mild climate and plentiful food supply. Even during the winter months, there’s a huge bird count, with up to 80 species inhabiting the islands. During your stay at Afognak Wilderness Lodge, get to know a couple of our most common birds: the bald eagle, raven, and woodpecker.

June 18th, 2016|Categories: AWL Blog|

All About the Whales Around the Kodiak Islands

You can see a wide variety of sea mammals during your stay at Afognak Lodge, especially during the early May to early June season. Whether you’re interested in capturing breathtaking Kodiak Alaska photography on the sea, or want to explore on land, there’s no better time to book your lodging vacation. Some of the most majestic creatures that travel through the Kodiak Islands are the many types of whales, which include killer whales, gray whales, humpbacks, finbacks, and minke.

May 23rd, 2016|Categories: AWL Blog|

Afognak Island Wildlife: Roosevelt Elk

On Afognak Island, we are lucky to share the land with some awe-inspiring Alaskan wildlife. One of the amazing creatures you can see while lodging on Afognak Island is the magnificent Roosevelt Elk, the largest kind of elk in North America. Appearance The Roosevelt Elk has a unique coloration different than [...]

April 25th, 2016|Categories: AWL Blog|Tags: , |

Meet the Sitka Blacktail Deer

At Afognak Wilderness Lodge, we boast the perfect combination of land and marine wildlife. Like our visitors, the Sitka deer enjoy the best of both worlds, whether they’re scattering throughout our lush forest or coming down to the shore for a drink. They’re a subspecies of the mule deer of the [...]

February 29th, 2016|Categories: AWL Blog|Tags: , , |

Everything You Need To Know About Sea Otters

Here at Afognak Wilderness Lodge, within the Kodiak Islands, we offer more than just a relaxing place to stay. While our guest cabins are cozy, they also allow you to immerse yourself in the middle of pristine Mother Nature. There’s a wealth of wildlife on and around Afognak Island, such as [...]

January 26th, 2016|Categories: AWL Blog|

All About Our Biggest Bear

We see a lot of wildlife here in our little slice of paradise on Afognak Island - seals, porpoises, Roosevelt Elk, Sitka Blacktail Deer, Bald Eagles, Salmon, and so much more. To us, every species and creature is beautiful, and they're all an expression of the wonder and diversity of this glorious ecosystem. But there's one species that stands out to us: the Kodiak Brown Bear.

January 5th, 2016|Categories: AWL Blog|

The Jewel of Alaska

Over the years, Afognak Island has picked up a lot of titles - but our favorite by far is its nickname, 'the jewel of Alaska.' We think this title is well deserved. It's a reflection of the natural beauty and diversity of the region: you’ll find dense spruce forests populated by brown bears, Roosevelt elk, and Sitka black-tailed deer; narrow, meandering bays where sea otters, seals, and sea lions play; and the great expanse of the Pacific ocean, with regular visits from Killer Whales, Grey Whales, Humpbacks, Finbacks, and Minkes - just to name a few. Afognak Island is truly a special corner of this great, wild state of Alaska.

November 26th, 2015|Categories: AWL Blog, Blog Debut|

Sea Mammals You Can See at Afognak Wilderness Lodge

Alaska is renowned for its natural beauty and its abundant wildlife, and there's little wonder for this - it's a place of extremes, with magnificent landscapes populated by moose, bears, and elk. But while large land mammals like Kodiak Brown Bears and Roosevelt Elk may be the first things that come to mind, they aren't the only ones waiting in this wonderful ecosystem - equally impressive is the population of sea mammals living in and around the water. For this blog, we're going to detail some of our favorite aquatic creatures, what makes them so special, and how you can best experience them! So get your cameras ready, these sea mammals will make for some great Kodiak wildlife photography!

October 31st, 2015|Categories: AWL Blog|

The Perfect Lodging for Your Alaskan Vacation

What You Can Expect at Afognak Wilderness Lodge Get away, get connected with nature and experience a true Alaskan vacation at Afognak Wilderness Lodge located within the Kodiak Islands. Our beautiful resort on Kodiak Island provides a remote atmosphere where you can truly be and feel free. Wake up to wonderful [...]

October 16th, 2015|Categories: AWL Blog, Blog Debut, Uncategorized|

What to Pack for Your Alaskan Wilderness Vacation

At Afognak Wilderness lodge, we’re here to help facilitate every aspect of your vacation in Alaska. While we’re proud to provide a unique remote lodging experience, where you can connect with Nature in some of the last pristine lands on Planet Earth, that’s only part of the process. You’ll also need to plan ahead for the gear you’re going to bring.

September 10th, 2015|Categories: AWL Blog|

Tips & Tricks For Photographing Alaskan Wildlife

The Afognak Wilderness Lodge is home to one of the most beautiful vacation spots on the planet. Located within the Kodiak Islands, Afognak Island boasts both fresh and saltwater fishing trips, tons of wildlife, and breathtaking scenery. It’s a great place for those who are seeking adventure or for those who just want to relax in a beautiful setting. Afognak Island has been a major photography destination for both amateurs and professionals since 1974. Our first-class Alaskan lodge is thrilled to offer photography kayaking tours, which will give you the opportunity to explore the beautiful wilderness, and wildlife that the Kodiak Islands have to offer. If you’d rather go out by yourself, consider taking a trip to Denali Park or the north end of Afognak Island for incredible photography opportunities. Regardless of where you decide to capture images, there are some tips and tricks that can help you to take breathtaking photos in a safe and respectful manner. The most important thing is to never cause harm to animals or the land for the sake of the shot. Keep reading below for more of our photography tips and tricks.

July 27th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

Blog debut: May 6, 2015

We've had a phenomenal Fall/Winter/Spring, with temperatures remaining around 40*F since September, 2014. Consequently, the berry bushes are leafing out at least one month early, the Sockeye (Red) Salmon were spotted jumping in late-April instead of mid/late May and all the big game (Sitka Deer, Roosevelt Elk, Kodiak Brown Bear) populations are healthy and dense. {Current German guests report their own similar long spell of mild weather.} Today, the temperature has climbed to 48*F so the winter forest-debris is being cleaned up, the greenhouse is protective of the many plants/bulbs/seeds which will eventually spruce-up our surrounding virgin Sitka Spruce forest, as ground temperatures continue to warm. Springtime is an enthusiastic, busy time for both folks and all facets of Nature . . . radiating the energy every entity needs to fulfill their seasonal duties. The 2,600 mile Humpback Whale migration from Hawaii to Kodiak's rich feeding waters will likely be equally early. Here, they mingle with the year-round marine wildlife of seal, sea-lion, sea-otter, Killer/Orca & other whales, who put on dynamic displays during their summer "conventions" in Alaska. So, anticipation of another wonderful Summertime-in-Alaska is the invisible fuel that keeps us loving rural life in our corner-of-paradise. Sharing it with fellow appreciators makes it even more enjoyable for us. Here's a link showing a bit of what our unique area has to offer: We look forward to the great collection of similar-minded "really smart" folks we'll get to share this true-wilderness with this coming Summer. Life is good.

May 7th, 2015|Categories: Blog Debut|

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