Yes 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 40 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).
Construction of the lodge building began in the mid-1950’s, originally to be used as a casino and cat house. However, it never opened for business, due to the fact that the Alaskan Territory became a state, and the government was required to outlaw gambling and prostitution. The building was purchased in 1977 by Art and Marlys Hack, who transformed it into one of Southeast Alaska’s first successful sport fishing lodges. Now their son, Kevin and his family, run the lodge, in the Hack Family tradition.
Guest Rooms – Warm and inviting, our accommodations within Yes Bay Lodge feature natural wood walls, roomy private baths with tub/shower combinations, and traditional lodge décor. Rooms within Yes Bay Lodge are designed for double occupancy with two beds, single queen bed or upon request we can convert your bed into a California King. There is plenty of closet space for all your gear.
Lounge and Game Room – Enjoy a game of pool or ping-pong before you retire for the evening.
Don’t forget to spend some time shopping in our Gift Shop!
The gift shop carries quality outdoor clothing along with a variety of last minute necessities.
“Fine food has always been a tradition at Yes Bay Lodge started by my parents when they purchased the lodge in 1977. My daughter Nicky has continued that tradition and she presents many of the same recipes passed down from her Grandmother, Grandfather, her mother and other Chefs who have passed through the Lodge before her.
“Nicky has developed many of her own and refined those passed down and these have become the recipes that are served daily and have become the standard by which the Lodge prides itself.”
Owner – Yes Bay Lodge
Your Yes Bay Dining Experience begins each evening in the lounge with our famous appetizer buffet and happy hour! The presentation varies each evening but is sure to include such signature items as, fresh Alaska shrimp, Hot Crab Cakes, Fresh Smoked Salmon, Hot Crab Dip, Wild Alaska Crab Deviled Eggs and various cheeses and vegetables.
After enjoying the appetizers you will soon be invited to your dining table to enjoy one of our many signature dinner selections, such as Dynamite Halibut, Fresh Grilled Salmon, Steak and Dungenous Crab and always a wonderful fresh garden salad.
Make sure you save room for a fresh baked dessert, everything from fresh Strawberry Cheesecake, Fresh from our garden Rhubarb Pie, or the ever popular Crème brûlée.
The desserts always make a fine finish to your day at Yes Bay!
Dinner isn’t the only meal that Yes Bay Lodge prides itself in, our hot lunches and fresh made soups and sandwiches are also an experience. You have not lived until you have enjoyed a fresh smoked salmon omelet to start your day fishing!