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 want to experience and where. For those hoping to visit Afognak Wilderness Lodge on the Kodiak Islands, it's worth considering that we are open from May 20 through September 20. It's no coincidence that we've chosen those dates to host hikers, anglers, nature lovers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. Since [...]
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 other outdoor enthusiasts hoping to get a taste of the “Last Frontier.” As such, it’s highly critical that you mitigate any errors or missteps by booking your trip to Afognak Island as soon as possible. Early booking is the most fail-proof way to secure the lodging and dates you [...]
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 can't mentally prepare yourself by reading about Alaska wildlife adventures and travelogues. Afognak Island is a densely forested, remote location that offers unparalleled freedom and a bevy of outdoor activities like fishing and nature photography. Our semi-mountainous slice of paradise lends itself to creating immersive experiences like those we [...]
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 beyond. Spring will be here before we know it, and our Kodiak Island wilderness lodge will be ready for eager patrons hoping to experience the Alaskan wilderness in all its rugged glory. Once you’ve booked your stay, we highly recommend following the travel packing list we provide and making [...]
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 have, a standard point and shoot may not get the job done during a wilderness retreat. When taking pictures of nature, it's important to capture the finer details, such as a collection of dew droplets on a leaf or a surreal mist that lingers throughout a valley or alpine [...]
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 an additional assortment of your best spinners for trout. There's something to be said about having your favorite lures, even when guided by world-class Kodiak fishing charters. If you're planning an Alaskan vacation that centers around angling, you've likely developed a preference for what to use, giving yourself an [...]
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. From foraging brown bears to migrating whales, Afognak Island is home to a vast assortment. Observing Alaskan Animals on Afognak Island Now, it wouldn’t be overly difficult to get out, with or without a pair of binoculars, and take a gander at the many wildlife species. We want to [...]
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.
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, but with that comes a slight learning curve. Even if you have spent time near Kodiak Island, you’ll want a person who dedicates time to catching the highly coveted fish of Alaska’s inland freshwater systems and seaside. Alaska fishing charters with Afognak Wilderness Lodge allow you to fish side [...]
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."