Welcome to Yes Bay Lodge - Tour (Page one)
Bay Lodge lies fifty miles north of Ketchikan in southern
Southeast Alaska. Overlooking the spectacular view of the Bay and
pristine Wolverine Creek, the Lodge is nestled in the heart of The
Tongass National Forest, the largest temperate rain forest on Earth. For
over 20 years, the Hack family has been welcoming guests to Yes Bay
Lodge. Unlike most fishing resorts in the state, Yes Bay Lodge is able
to offer guests a wide range of freshwater and saltwater fishing, due to
its’ unique location. The myriad of lakes, streams and rivers located
within a short distance of the lodge, offer some of the finest trout and
Dolly Varden fishing available in Southeast Alaska, while the steelhead
fishing is world-class. For the salt water angler, there are five
species of salmon that spawn in the areas, including king, silver,
sockeye, pink and chum. In addition to the plentiful salmon, you may opt
to bottom fish for Halibut, Rockfish, and Lingcod.
Activities - There are hiking trails throughout the rainforest surrounding the lodge, from moderate to strenuous. Guided sightseeing tours lead to McDonald Lake, Wolverine Creek, the old cannery, and soothing hot springs. There are boat rides available to Bailey Bay, Shrimp Bay, Orchard Lake and Lake Shelokum as well as the Neets Bay Hatchery where you can get up close and personal with both brown and black bears. Yes Bay Lodge can also arrange flight tours where you may also visit the bear observatory at Anan Creek, take a floatplane tour of the Misty Fjords National Monument, or fly out to one of the many fresh water lakes or rivers for some awesome freshwater fishing.
The Early Years - The first explorers of Yes Bay were the Tlingit Tribe, who named Yes Bay, from the native word "yaas", meaning blue mussel. Guest will see the vast number of mussels attached to the rocks lining the bay.
The Hatchery Years - Most of the Yes Bay history is chronicled after the Boston Fishing & Trading Company cannery was constructed in the area in 1887. In 1890 it employed a diverse group of Chinese, Native Americans and white men and women, totaling 85 permanent residents and 14 houses, averaging 25,000 cases per season. This company cannery was in operation until 1900. After several years idle, the cannery was purchased and renamed the Pacific Fisheries Cannery, and it stayed active until closing in 1936. Alaska was still only a US Territory; statehood would come much later. The US Bureau of Commercial Fisheries had a hatchery near here until closing it in the 30s, when President Roosevelt instituted his economy program and transferred all hatchery personnel back to the United States (the lower 48).