Trip at a Glance: Waterfall Resort Alaska near Ketchikan, AK
A major commercial fishing destination for more than a century, Ketchikan, Alaska attracts thousands of anglers annually who come to catch king salmon, coho, Pacific halibut, lingcod, and red snapper. With prime location on Prince of Wales Island’s west coast—and a quick sea-plane ride from Ketchikan proper—The Waterfall Resort Alaska offers unforgettable sport-fishing trips amid the mountainous islands of southern Alaska. The resort’s expert guides know the waters off of Prince of Wales Island, and lead daily expeditions that promise silver-skinned rewards.
On this three-day, two-night trip, you’ll go on guided fishing expeditions each day, with all meals, accommodations, and supplies included.
We’ve listed some trip highlights below. Click here to see a sample itinerary.
The Fish Finding Fleet: The resort’s custom-designed armada includes 27 Almar aluminum 25-foot Cabin Cruises designed with passenger comfort and safety in mind. Shock-absorbing double seats make for a comfy ride, while the included accommodations have heated cabins and state-of-the-art electronics to provide additional comforts.
Dinner for Days: The fish you catch will be carefully filleted and cleaned almost as soon as you’re done catching them. Cooking-size portions are vacuum-packed, labeled, and flash-frozen to lock in freshness. Fish are then boxed and can be checked as luggage for the plane ride home.
Comfortable waterfall cabin or lodge:Accommodations are located close to the action, some situated just off the water. The lodge and the waterfall cabins were built in 1912.
Onsite dining: Chef Tim Chappell prepares the resort’s all-inclusive gourmet meals, which include prime cuts and fresh Alaskan seafood. Meals are served in the guest dining room, overlooking the Ulloa Channel.
Grab a drink: Each evening, the resort’s veteran mixologist pours drinks in the Waterfall Resort Lagoon Saloon, where guests swap stories and play cards, pool, ping pong, and darts, or watch the large-screen TV.
Meet the Team: The resort features a 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio, which means plenty of personalized attention. Many of the staffers have been with the resort for years.
Recommended hiking: Mix up the routine with a 1.5-mile hike to the resort’s namesake waterfall. On this sandy beach trek, black bear sightings are a regular occurrence.
Southeastern Alaska: Untouched Wilderness and the “Salmon Capital of the World”
The Waterfall Resort Alaska is surrounded by the wilderness of the Tongass National Forest—the United State's largest national forest. You could spend an entire day viewing the area's abundant wildlife, from moose and black bears to the whales that migrate here from May to September. Other popular activities here include hiking through more than 700 miles of trails and big-game hunting.
In order to get to The Waterfall Resort Alaska, you'll have to stop in Ketchikan, where you'll take a 45-minute sea plane ride to the resort. The southeastern-most city in Alaska, Ketchikan sits on Revillagigedo Island, which along with several nearby islands forms a mini-archipelago off of the larger Prince of Wales Island. Nicknamed the “Salmon Capital of the World,” life in Ketchikan revolves around fishing. A network of channels, inlets, and bays separates the landmasses and supports the area’s population of king salmon. You can only reach Ketchikan via ferry boat or plane.
Three-day, two-night fishing package with meals and Waterfront Cabin or Lodge accommodations
Option 1: $1,899 for a package for one person (up to a $2,800 value)
Option 2: $3,799 for a package for two people (up to a $5,600 value)
Included in all options:
Waterfront Cabin or Lodge accommodations
All meals, including wine with dinner
Guided fishing from heated cabin cruisers
All fishing tackle, bait, and equipment
Use of all-weather gear
Professional fish cleaning, vacuum-packing and freezing
All wet-lock fish boxes for travel
Daily housekeeping services
Alaska Airlines departure check-in agent at resort
Policies and Fees
Book by: 8/9/13
Travel by: 8/16/13
Blackout dates: no blackout dates
Cancellation policy & fees: $1,000 per person fee to cancel. 121-day cancellation notice required or fee of 50% Groupon price; 61-day or fee up to Groupon price
Taxes: tax included.
Additional Fees: airfare not included. Round-trip sea plane transfer between Ketchikan, AK and the resort not included ($395). AK State Fishing License ($55 for 2-3 nights) and gratuities not included.
Promotional value expires Aug 10, 2013. Amount paid never expires.
Book by 8/9/13 or promo value expires
Travel by 8/16/13
Limit 1 per person, may buy 0 additional as gifts
Limit 1 per visit
Valid only for option purchased
Reservation required, subject to availability
$1,000 per person fee to cancel
121-day cancellation required or fee of 50% Groupon price; 61-day or fee up to Groupon price
Must be 21+ to check in
Credit card required at booking
Must use promo value in 1 visit
AK State King Salmon Stamp Tax not included
Airfare not included
Round-trip sea plane transfer not included ($395)
AK State Fishing License ($55 for 2-3 nights) and gratuities not included.
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
Waterfront Cabin or Lodge
Two double beds
Standard occupancy: 2
Maximum occupancy: 2
Adding occupants above standard: N/A
Check in: 12:30 p.m.
Check out: 12:30 p.m.
Rollaways: not available
Smoking policy: smoking rooms available upon request during booking.
Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
Room upgrades: additional nights available for $1,000 per person per night. Town House Suite Upgrade (minimum 4 guests) available for $125 per person per night. Egg House Suite Upgrade (minimum 2 guests) available for $150 per person per night. Exclusive Cabin Cruiser upgrade available for $750 per person per night for only 2 guests per boat, or $250 per person per night for only 3 guests per boat.
By plane: Ketchikan International Airport (KTN)
A sea plane takes guests from Ketchikan to Waterfall Resort Alaska ($395, not included in this Getaway). Call ahead to plan this portion of the trip.