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TRIP PLANNING

PLANNING YOUR TRIP:

     Since there are no roads into Yakutat most visitors arrive by air. The village is also served by the Alaska ferry system, but the schedule is not conducive to those with limited travel time (Check with the Alaska Marine Highway online for detailed information). Unlike many rural Alaskan destinations, the great air service schedule offered by Alaska Airlines 737s makes it easy to reach Yakutat & to get back home after your stay & bring along any processed fish as baggage.

     Alaska Airlines serves Yakutat with two daily flights on Boeing 737s. Yakutat is the smallest village with this level of customer service and quality jet service.

     Flight #61 leaves from Seattle in the morning and arrives in Yakutat after a stop in Juneau just before lunch.

     Flight#66 routes from Anchorage in mid-afternoon arriving in Yakutat after a stop in Cordova in late afternoon. Routing through Anchorage will often allow travelers coming from further away than Washington State to arrive in Yakutat with only one day of travel. However, travelers who arrive on the early flight and/or leave on the late flight gain time for more fishing or exploring the area.

     Yakutat is a perfect add-on to your Alaskan experience. Fly into Anchorage, rent a motor home to tour the interior or the Kenai Peninsula, then stop in Yakutat on the way home. Or take a cruise ship north & route home through Yakutat. Call the lodge & the manager will help you plan your Alaskan adventure.

     Boat mooring is usually available for anyone traveling to Yakutat by boat.  Call for mooring rates.

WHAT TO BRING:

     ClothingYou will be most comfortable for your visit to Yakutat if you plan on dressing in layers. Raingear is a must along with either technical fabrics or wool to layer under the raingear. Bring along footwear appropriate to your planned activities, usually rain boots, chest waders-imperative if fishing the river (no felt soles allowed), & hiking boots.

     Fishing Tackle- Bring your own rod with reel for fishing on your own or with river guides. Halibut captains supply the heavy duty rods & reels that will be required for charter fishing. Terminal tackle may be purchased at the lodge, as well as three other stores in Yakutat, including a fly shop. Once you arrive you will be able to find out what is “hot” and buy it locally. For use when renting our ocean skiffs, we have a good supply of appropriate rods & reels complete with proper line for halibut fishing as well as trolling for salmon. We are also stocked on excellent quality herring in thee size that works best for fishing the bay in Yakutat & make sure we always have a supply of tackle for these excursions.

     FoodPlan the meals for your stay & bring along the meats (don’t forget breakfast protein & lunch meats) & seasonings you will need (small amounts of spices and coatings can be put into baggies for easy transport). Meat selection in town is limited, pricey, all is frozen. Depending upon your baggage space, bring along the stable foods that tend to be more expensive such as jerky, cheeses, snack foods, etc. With the restrictions & costs involved with baggage today, buying much of your other food needs in Yakutat is sensible while being greatly appreciated by the Yakutat population. This is especially true for eggs, milk, bread, & even produce. Other than beer, alcohol can be another good item to bring along.

 

 

 

               Above photo courtesy of Cliff & Nancy Hollenbeck
 
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