Waterfall Resort Alaska

The Ultimate in Guided Sport Fishing

Waterfall Resort Alaska is known the world over for the astounding number of king and silver salmon, halibut, lingcod, and rockfish reeled in by our guests year after year. But why is Alaska sport fishing so good at Waterfall Resort?

One reason is that we have an unparalleled one-to-one staff-to-guest ratio, and the sole aim of our crew of 90-plus—which includes our U.S. Coast Guard licensed fishing guides—is to see that you have the best ever Alaska sport-fishing adventure, from arrival to departure.

We also have the largest private fishing fleet in Alaska. And at Waterfall Resort, all-inclusive guided sport fishing means expert guides, North River cabin cruisers with state-of-the-art Furuno marine electronics, top-of-the-line equipment (G. Loomis, Shimano) and all-weather gear (XtraTuf, Helly Hansen), and on-property fish processing and packaging.

Add to the above our Alaska-style all-you-can-eat buffets and spirited Lagoon Saloon, and our unmatched on-site Alaska Airlines service. On your departure day, you can check-in your luggage and fish boxes at the resort, right through to your final destination.

Record-Busting Cannery to Legendary Fishing Lodge

Building on that foundation and a century of angling prowess, Waterfall Resort Alaska opened its doors in 1980. Today, operating in our restored cannery buildings, we host nearly 2,000 anglers each season.

But there’s another huge reason why our fishing is so good. That’s our storied location on Prince of Wales Island’s western shore. Here, extreme tides and surging ocean currents have created a habitat for millions of bait fish that have long attracted not only multitudes of rockfish but also the annual returns of Southeast Alaska’s mighty salmon schools.

Waterfall Resort guests have been known to bring home half their own body weight in wild Alaska fish steaks and fillets. Need we say more?

Historic Accommodations for Today’s Angler

Boardwalk Cabins

Boardwalk Cabins

Built in 1912 to house Waterfall Cannery crew, our 26 restored and renovated Boardwalk Cabins are closest to the docks and fishing boats. Each historic cabin hosts two anglers and features two double beds, an in-cabin bathroom with shower, a mini-fridge, and a coffee/tea maker. Best of all, you can watch the waterfront action from your porch.

  • Each sleeps two
  • Rooms: one
  • Bathrooms: one
  • Square feet: 258
Lodge Rooms

Lodge Rooms

Conveniently located upstairs from the General Store (with its supplies and sundries, snack-stocked lounge, and Wi-Fi hotspot) our ten historic Lodge Rooms each feature two double beds, an in-room bathroom with shower, a mini-fridge, and a coffee/tea maker. These rooms are nearest to the Dining Room and Lagoon Saloon, and all have ocean or forest views.

  • Each sleeps two
  • Rooms: one
  • Bathrooms: one
  • Square feet: 190 to 222
Egg House Suites

Egg House Suites: Our Version of “Caviar Style” Quarters for VIPs

Constructed from the building that once stored Waterfall Cannery’s coveted salmon roe, our four premium Egg House Suites are within a short walk of Waterfall Resort’s General Store.

Private, extra-spacious, and right on the water, these well-appointed quarters accommodate up to four guests with two queen beds, expansive bathrooms with shower and tub, separate sitting and dressing areas, mini-fridges, coffee/tea makers, wet bars, and wraparound decks with panoramic views of the Ulloa Channel.

  • Each sleeps up to four
  • Rooms: one
  • Bathrooms: one
  • Square feet: 618

Our Family-Size Guest Quarters

Great for families and hikers, our four Tongass Townhouses rest right up against the forest, handy to our creekside trails and namesake waterfall. These two-story accommodations host up to four guests and feature two bedrooms (one with two double beds; the other, two twins) and two bathrooms upstairs. Downstairs there’s a full kitchen, washer/dryer, half-bath, and sitting area with cozy fireplace that opens to an oceanfront balcony

Food and Drink

All You Can Eat Buffets, Cold Beer, and High Spirits

As soon as your sea plane lands and glides to our dock, the Waterfall Resort Alaska crew welcomes you and takes your luggage to your quarters. You then head to the General Store to pick up your room key, boat and guide assignments, and, if you're so inclined, a chilled six-pack of your favorite brew. Our hospitality and information center, the General Store stocks everything from whiskey and beer to sodas, snacks, souvenirs, and toothbrushes.

After a day or afternoon on the water, the Lagoon Saloon is the gathering place for guests and crew, and the Dining Room, with its views of the docks and Ulloa Channel, is the setting for eye-opening breakfasts and nightly buffet feasts.

Lagoon Saloon

Fish Tales and Good Times in the Lounge

After a day on the water, nothing beats swapping fish stories over stiff drinks at Waterfall Resort Alaska’s Lagoon Saloon. Guests and guides alike enjoy the hospitality of longtime bartender Ron Koch at our happy hour and after-dinner gathering place.

Ron is famous for signature cocktails with a kick. He also mixes tasty nonalcoholic drinks. Regional beers include seasonal summer ale from Alaskan Brewing Company. Sodas and cigars are available. Coffee, tea, and popcorn are complimentary. And you can bill your tab to your room.

Along with the fully stocked bar, the saloon features big-screen TVs, pool and ping-pong tables, darts, Wi-Fi and landline Internet access, a poker room, cannery memorabilia, plenty of comfortable sitting areas, and views of our saltwater lagoon and the Tongass National Forest.

Had a little too much fun at the Lounge?

Don't miss that morning departure! Just ask Ron for a wake-up knock and he’ll arrange for a night watchman to come by your quarters and knock on your door, giving you ample time to down coffee and a hot breakfast before your boat heads out to the fishing grounds.


Legendary Sport Fishing

Waterfall Resort's guides collectively share well over 200 years of guiding wild Alaska fishing trips for our guests, and we’re pleased to be the destination of choice to date for more than 60,000 anglers from around the world. You might say that gives us some experience. But no matter how many guests we’ve hosted, we believe it’s your individual experience here that counts.

You don’t have to be a seasoned angler to fish at Waterfall Resort Alaska. Your very first catch could land you a prize in our King Salmon Jackpot Challenge in June, or our season-long fishing contest, the King of Kings Salmon Tournament. (Trust us, it’s happened.)

We welcome anglers of all skill levels, from first-timers to seasoned pros, and we’re committed to making every guest’s stay with us their best fishing trip yet. Keys to our success are our custom fleet and top-of-the-line equipment, 29 expert guides who give you more eyes on the water and know how to put you on the bite, the scale of our operation, and our storied location.

Wild salmon return every year to our fishing grounds off Prince of Wales Island. Here, along the island’s western shore, rich tides prime cool waters that serve as habitat for millions of bait fish, which draw seasonal runs of king and silver salmon, as well as halibut, lingcod, and more than 20 other fish species.

Boats and Equipment

The Largest Private Fleet in Alaska

Each of our 27 custom-designed, 25-foot North River cabin cruisers is built for safety, performance, comfort, and convenience. Features include heated cabins, air-suspension seats, powerful fuel-injected outboards, and a full complement of Furuno marine electronics.

Upon arrival, you’re assigned a boat and guide for the duration of your stay, and our U.S. Coast Guard licensed guides are trained in working with guests of any skill level.

Fishing Gear and Equipment

Our top priority is your satisfaction and comfort, and we make sure that you’re equipped with all the bait, tackle, and all-weather gear you may need while fishing with us at Waterfall Resort, including:

  • G. Loomis rods and Shimano reels
  • Maxima fishing line and Eagle Claw hooks
  • Helly Hansen bib overalls and hooded jackets
  • XtraTuf waterproof boots

Our guests tend to favor “mooching” with a four-ounce banana sinker, dragging a medium-size cut-plug herring and working the entire water column. With mooching, the aim is to keep your bait spinning. Your guide will advise on variables like wind, sun, depth, and water current.

King of Kings Salmon Tournament

Ever dreamed of landing a tournament-winning Alaska king salmon and a contest title? Make it happen at Waterfall Resort Alaska, where our popular King of Kings Salmon Tournament is a highlight of the fishing season. Go for “King of the Day” or “King of Kings.” Prizes are awarded for the king catch of the day, the week, the month, and the season, and include tournament hats, Cabela’s gear, return fishing trips, Princess Cruises sailings for two, and a new Ford F-150 pickup.

“The truth is, I’m a bit of a hack of a fisherman. I only landed my ‘truck winning’ fish due to the skill and diligence of my guide!”

—Greg Morrison, Stafford, Virginia, King of Kings winner

This annual contest is available only to Waterfall Resort Alaska guests, and we’re happy to include your tournament ticket when you make your reservations.

Your Fishing Trip: Fly in the Morning, Fish in the Afternoon

Waterfall Resort is located on Prince of Wales Island near Ketchikan in Southeast Alaska, just 90 minutes from Seattle. We make travel to and from the resort easy. Guests board a floatplane in Ketchikan for the scenic flight direct to our resort dock, en route passing over Alaska’s famed Inside Passage and the 17 million-acre Tongass National Forest, the largest forest in the United States.

Arrival Day

Depart your hometown for your Alaska fishing adventure. From Seattle, transfer to Ketchikan, Alaska, via Alaska Airlines. Waterfall Resort guests then board a floatplane for the 40-minute fly-in to Prince of Wales Island. Upon your arrival at the resort, our general manager and crew welcome you on the docks.

Shortly after check-in, head out for an afternoon of sport fishing. That’s correct. You’re fishing within hours of your arrival in Alaska. Our U.S. Coast Guard licensed guides are happy to share tips and techniques. Reel in salmon, halibut, lingcod, and rockfish, all the while exploring inlets and bays frequented by humpback whales and bald eagles.

Boats return by 4:30 p.m. for the photo op on the dock of you with your catch. While your fish are processed, flash-frozen, and stored in wet-lock boxes until your departure, you kick back and freshen up for the relaxing night ahead.

Our Dining Room serves a hearty buffet of all-you-can-eat Alaska fare, including complimentary wine, from 6 to 8 p.m. Evening activities may also include a hike to our namesake waterfall and a game of pool, ping-pong, or darts in the Lagoon Saloon.

Full Days

Dig into a hot breakfast, starting at 5 a.m. in the Dining Room. Boats depart at 6:30 a.m. for a full day of fishing.

Have lunch at your leisure aboard your cabin cruiser, followed by an afternoon of more great fishing. Boats return by 4:30 p.m. for dock photos. With luck, one of your fish will land you a place in this year’s King of Kings Salmon Tournament, so be sure to purchase a ticket.

Your full day of sport fishing is capped by another memorable evening of Alaska-style buffet dining, drinks in the saloon, and plenty of fish stories.

Departure Day

After breakfast and a morning of fishing, return to the resort at 10 a.m. Our crew processes the morning’s catch for your trip home, and lunch is available before your sea plane arrives.

Waterfall Resort’s on-site Alaska Airlines agent reconfirms all your flights home, tags your bags and fish boxes, and has your seat assignments and boarding passes ready. If you have a direct, same-day connection on Alaska Airlines, this eliminates the check-in process.

Floatplanes leave Waterfall Resort Alaska for Ketchikan at approximately 1:30 p.m. Look forward to your freezer full of wild Alaska fish when you get home.


Our 2017 Season Runs June 12 to August 18

*Pricing is per person, double occupancy; additional nights, $1,185 per night. Single supplements and upgrades available. Guide and crew gratuities not included.

What’s Included?

  • U.S. Coast Guard licensed fishing guide
  • Full-service guided fishing aboard 25-foot heated North River cabin cruiser (four guests per boat)
  • Use of high-performance G. Loomis rods, Shimano reels, Helly Hansen and XtraTuf all-weather gear, and all other bait, tackle, and fishing equipment
  • Lodging in historic Boardwalk Cabin or oceanfront Lodge Room (upgrades available)
  • All meals of hearty all-you-can-eat Alaska fare, including wine with dinner
  • Evenings at the Lagoon Saloon with pool, ping-pong, and poker tables
  • Daily housekeeping, Wi-Fi hotspots, and all other resort services
  • Professional fish processing, vacuum-packing, flash-freezing, and packing
  • Wet-lock fish boxes to check as luggage or for shipping
  • On-site Alaska Airlines service for departure day check-in
  • Ground crew at Ketchikan International Airport to assist with transfers



Premium Accommodations

Package rates are based on double occupancy in Waterfall Resort’s historic Boardwalk Cabins or oceanfront Lodge Rooms. Guests may upgrade to an executive-style Egg House Suite or family-size Tongass Townhouse. Single supplements are also available.

  • Egg House Suite upgrade: add $265 per guest per night (minimum two guests)
  • Tongass Townhouse upgrade: add $215 per guest per night (minimum four guests)
  • Single supplement: add $315 per guest per night (Boardwalk Cabins and Lodge Rooms only)

Cabin Cruiser Exclusivity

While our all-inclusive rates are based on four guests fishing per cabin cruiser, groups with fewer than four guests are welcome to upgrade to a private guided fishing trip.

  • Three guests per boat: $315 per guest per night
  • Two guests per boat: $830 per guest per night
  • One guest per boat: $3,000 per guest per night

Meetings and Corporate Events: Brainstorm, Team Build, Reel In Relationships

We’ve hosted more corporate events and gatherings than any other Alaska fishing resort. Our Fortune 500 clients count on Waterfall Resort and our experienced crew for one-of-a-kind gatherings focused on leadership, incentive travel, customer appreciation … and did we mention the team-building aspects of epic, full-service guided fishing?

  • Executive retreats
  • Client appreciation
  • Incentive travel
  • Team building

Think about it. Another high-rise hotel, conference center, and name tags... or “Gone fishin’ in Alaska!”? We say your corporate and group events deserve a healthy and dynamic outdoor setting that fuels great ideas and strategic thinking. Create an exhilarating wilderness adventure that gets results at Waterfall Resort, the most popular fishing lodge in Alaska ... for pleasure as well as business.

Corporate group rates are available, and buyouts (for 72–92 guests) of our 52-acre property are eligible for scheduling outside season dates. Amenities include oceanfront guest quarters and executive-style suites, hearty meals in the Dining Room, camaraderie in the Lagoon Saloon, and meeting space with audiovisual equipment to host groups of 25 to 40.

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