The Waterfalls Resort in Ketchikan, Alaska is the ultimate dream getaway for guests who enjoy fishing as a guided sport, offering boats, equipment, fishing tournament and a seafood processing team that packs all fish and sends it home with its guests.

The sheer multitude of fish that have made their habitat here is what as kept the Waterfall Resort alive and running, allowing generations of families of fishers to enjoy its waters, beauty, and abundant marine life.

1. Waterfall Resort Lodging

Waterfall Resort Lodging
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At the Waterfalls Resort there are four lodging options available to guests. All resort rooms provide guests with the relaxation and comfort that is much needed after a long, exhausting day of fishing. Carefully and wonderfully renovated, many of the rooms have a forest or water view, along with full, private bathrooms and other in-room amenities, like coffee and tea makers and mini refrigerators. Amenities provided to all guests who lodge at the Waterfalls Resort are daily housekeeping services and ice delivered to the room. Each room is conveniently located a short distance from all resort attractions, including the Dining Room, Lagoon Saloon, and docks, with golf-cart shuttle services also available.

Boardwalk Cabins – Located closest to the docks are the Boardwalk Cabins, originally constructed in 1912 and known for lodging the historic Waterfall Cannery fishing crew. In total, there are 26 newly restored Boardwalk Cabins. Each Cabin accommodates up to two anglers, with one bedroom, one bathroom and 258sf.

Lodge Rooms – Located above the general store, the lodge rooms provide all its guests with an ocean view. In total, there are ten Lodge Rooms available to guests, each one featuring two double-size beds. The Lodge Rooms are the closest to the Waterfalls Resort’s Dining Room as well as the Lagoon Saloon. Each room accommodates up to two people, with one bedroom, one bathroom and approximately 190-222sf.

Egg House Suites – There are four total Egg House Suites available to guests to reserve. These suites provide a truly VIP experience to the guests that choose to lodge here, which was once a storage room for the Waterfall Cannery’s salmon roe. These suites include room living areas, a private, more isolated location, two queen-size beds, large bathrooms with a bathtub and separate shower, wet bars and a featured wrap-around deck that provides a view of the Ulloa Channel. The Egg House Suite accommodates up to two people with one bedroom, one bathroom and 618sf.

Tongass Townhouses – Perfect for families or larger groups, the Tongass Townhouses provide a comfortable lodging experience to guests. Located nearest to the trails and waterfall, the townhouses have two stories and can accommodate up to four guests at one time. On the upper level of the townhouse are the two bedrooms, one with two double-size beds and the other with two twin-size beds. There are also two bathrooms on the upper level. On the lower level, guests can cook their own meals in the full kitchen or feel right at home using the washer and dryer. Additional amenities on the lower level of the townhouse include half-bath and a fireplace that leads out onto a balcony with an ocean view.

2. Dining at Waterfall Resort

Dining at Waterfall Resort
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In the Dining Room, guests can come to fill their rumbling stomachs with breakfast and dinner. Views in the Dining Room include a sweeping view of the Ulloa Channel. Ingredients and dishes are fresh and prepared daily by the chef and the kitchen crew. The hearty breakfast includes eggs of all styles, bacon, sausages, home-style pastries, hash browns, cereal, yogurt, all accompanied with comforting, warm coffee, tea, or juice. Lunch is pre-ordered for the boat, from a menu that includes fruit, sandwiches, fried chicken, candy, cookies, and a variety of beverages.

After an exhausting day on the water, many of the anglers return once again to the Dining Room in which dinner is the featured event. Appetizers start the meal off right with all the angler’s favorites, including shrimp, Kahli Cove oysters, and Dungeness crab. Guests can then dive into the all-you-can-eat buffet, featuring popular hot dishes prepared with local vegetables and meat. Some of these hot dishes and buffet favorites are listed below.

-Grilled elk tenderloin

-Halibut piccata

-Filet mignon

-Blackened salmon fettuccini

-Soups, salad bar, and home-baked bread

-Pacific coast wines

-Homemade desserts

-Frozen yogurt

-Ice cream station

Lagoon Saloon – For some past anglers at the Waterfalls Resort, nothing compares to trading fishing stories and adventures after a long day on the water over a cocktail at the Lagoon Saloon. Along with cocktails, the Lagoon Saloon also offers a variety of delicious nonalcoholic drinks, beers, and ale direct from the Alaskan Brewing Company. Additional snacks and items available include soda and cigars, along with the much enjoyed, complimentary popcorn, coffee, and tea.

Aside from beverages, the Lagoon Saloon offers its guests an enjoyable atmosphere with some added amenities. Guests can let loose, socializing around the pool and ping-pong tables, playing darts, watching the big-screen televisions, playing poker, or viewing the cannery memorabilia. For a more personalized touch, guests can ask for an early morning wake up call to get moving the next day. The Lagoon Saloon sees that its guests are given a stick-to-the-ribs kind of breakfast, and comforting coffee before heading out to the waters on their cabin cruiser, ready to embark on their next fishing adventure.

3. Fishing at Waterfall Resort

Fishing at Waterfall Resort
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Boats and Equipment – At the Waterfalls Resort, there are 27 individually designed North River cabin cruisers, crafted with the safety of its passengers in mind. Upon arrival at the Resort, each guest is assigned a cabin cruiser for the duration of the stay in Waterfalls Resort. A trained, professional U.S. Coast Guard guide will train guests on the features of the cruiser, as well as the rules and regulations of its use. North River cabin cruiser amenities include fuel-injected outboards, air-suspension seats, heated cabins and Furuno electronics.

The Waterfalls Resort works hard to personally accommodate every guest. Staff and guides go beyond preparing their anglers for their fishing experience. All-weather gear, bait and tackle is provided to guests, including rods, reels, fishing line, hooks, bib overalls, hooded jackets, and waterproof boots. Anglers of all skills and levels are welcome to take part.

Fish Chart and Limits – At the Waterfalls Resort, there is an abundant number of halibuts, lingcod, rockfish, and wild salmon that have found their home in these waters. Due to their multitude, the Waterfalls Resort has slowly earned its place in Alaskan fishery as the most popular Resort for fishing in all of Alaska. The variety of salmon fish species that can be found in and around the Waterfall Resort waters are described in more detail below.

King Salmon (Chinook) – Known for its long, tiring fights, the King salmon challenges the angles with all of its strength and might. Typically ranging in weight from 14-17 pounds, the largest King salmon caught at the Waterfall Resort on record was 79.2 pounds. In order to preserve and be mindful of the King salmon populations, fishers are limited to just three King salmon caught in June and one salmon caught in July-August.

Silver Salmon (Coho) – Silver Salmon typically range from 8-12 pounds and are on average about 2 ½ ft. long. These salmons are recognized for their incredible jumping ability. The largest Silver Salmon caught on record was 22.75 pounds.

Pink Salmon (Humpback) – Most recognizable for their humpback-like feature, also called “humpies”, this species of salmon weighs on average 3.5-5 pounds and is typically 15-20 inches long. The Pink salmon is the most plentiful of all Pacific species, and normally return to their spawning grounds in mid-August.

The fishing season at the Waterfalls Resort typically runs from May-September. It’s important that guests, both residents and nonresidents alike, bring a valid fishing license, as the Alaska Department of Fish and Game require them to have it prior to fishing at the Waterfalls Resort.

King of Kings Salmon Tournament – This tournament has repeatedly proven to be the highlight of the fishing season at the Waterfalls Resort. A “King of the Day” tournament is also a possibility, given to the angles that grabs the biggest king catch that day, week, month or for the entire season. Prizes for winning the infamous tournament have included tournament baseball caps, Cabela’s fishing gear, trips, cash, and a Ford F-150. Guests can reserve their spot in the tournament when they make their reservation to stay at the Waterfalls Resort.

Seafood Processing and Fish Boxes – One of the most unique features and amenities offered at the Waterfalls Resort is the opportunity for fishers to take their catch home with them, savoring the rich, Alaskan cuisine long after their fishing adventure has ended. At the Waterfalls Resort, guests only have to catch their lingcod, rockfish, halibut, or salmon. The Waterfalls Resort crew and processing experts do the rest of the cleaning and packing. Fishing guides can inform guests on the best fish cuts to choose for the tastiest culinary experience.

The fish prepping and processing crew flash-freezes the catch, then uses vacuum-packs to preserve the fish meat. As guests then prepare for their departure home, an Alaska Airlines representative checks the fish wet-block boxes at check-in, just as if it were any another suitcase.

Waterfall Resort/a>, 320 Dock Street, Ste. 222, Ketchikan, Alaska 99901, Phone: 800-544-5125

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