Fishing & Outdoor Activities in Ketchikan, Alaska

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Eagle Flying Over Water in Ketchikan, Alaska


Ketchikan is the First City in Southeast Alaska and is known as “The Salmon Capital” boasting great fishing for five species of salmon (King, Sockeye, Coho, Pink, and Chum) as well as halibut, cod,  and other species of bottom fish.  Enjoy fresh caught Dungeness crab and spotted prawns.  We also boast many fresh water lakes and streams to fish for Dolly Varden, rainbow, cutthroat, brook and steelhead trout.  You can choose to fly in to a remote lake and stay over in a USFS cabin or just take a day hike to a nearby lake or stream.  Ward Cove Lake is a great place to fish and only minutes from Ketchikan city limits.

For more information on fishing in the area and the current regulations, please contact the Alaska Department of Fish and Game at (907) 465-4180 in Juneau, Alaska, or online at

The frontier flavor of Ketchikan, complemented by its scenic beauty, world class sport fishing and cultural heritage have made it one of the most popular visitor destinations along the Inside Passage.  An island community, Ketchikan is accessed by air or water.  Ferry service from Bellingham, Washington, and Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada, via the Alaska Marine Highway accommodates both motorists and walk-on passengers.  Visit www.ferryalaska for information on the marine highway ferry system.  Alaska Airlines and Delta Airlines operate daily flights from Seattle, Washington, to Ketchikan.

Poised on the shores of the Tongass Narrows at the site of a fish camp established by the Tlingit Indians, Ketchikan is home to Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian tribes of Alaska.  The world’s largest collection of totem poles can be found throughout Ketchikan and at Saxman Native Village and Totem Bight State Historical Park.  Be sure to visit the traditional clan house and carving center in Saxman and the native longhouse in Totem Bight Park and the replica of a native village next door at Potlatch Gift Shop and Museum as well as Tongass Historical Museum and the Totem Heritage Center.

There is so much to do and see in Ketchikan and by using Ketchikan as the hub, it is easy to visit the outlying areas of Prince of Wales Island and Misty Fjords National Monument.

Visit Ketchikan Visitors Bureau at for an online guide or call (800) 770-3300 to have one mailed to you.


That’s a great question!  The first thing that comes to mind is my husband, Darrell, and I enjoy sharing the beauty and wonders of Alaska with people visiting our area.  We moved to Alaska in September, 1975, from Imperial Valley, California, where the temperature was 118 degrees on the day we left.  We were on a true adventure when we sold everything and packed our 4×4 truck and 23’ Prowler travel trailer and headed to parts unknown.  After catching the ferry in Prince Rupert, B.C. Canada, we visited cities throughout the Inside Passage arriving in Anchorage, Alaska, in late September.  Four months later, Darrell was offered a job on Annette Island Indian Reservation just south of Ketchikan by GTE Telephone Company.  So we retraced our tracks and wound up on Annette Island.  We lived there for about four years when we decided it was time to move our family to Ketchikan.

Fishing Lodge on the Water in Ketchikan, Alaska

In 1986, we decided to outfit one of our apartments to house fishermen, thus began a new and exciting occupation.  We chose the name Almost Home as we want our guests to feel at home in our properties with the amenities they need to be comfortable and have what they need to enjoy their visit.  We started with one apartment which we expanded to a 3-bedroom, 2-bath apartment and added a second apartment which is a 2-bedroom, 1-bath unit.  We call this property Totem Bight Inn and it is on D1 Loop Road across from Totem Bight State Park.

A few years later, we purchased property on Knudson Cove Road that overlooks Knudson Cove Marina.  We remodeled the house and turned it into a duplex with a 3-bedroom, 2-bath downstairs and a 1-bedroom, 1-bath upstairs.  This property is called Knudson Cove Retreat.

We subdivided the Knudson Cove property into 3 lots.  Since we had several large groups of ten men coming,  we decided to build a 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom vacation house rental that we call Knudson Cove Lodge.

Our properties are outfitted and furnished with just about everything you need to feel “almost home”!  The kitchens are well-appointed and stocked with staples and condiments, gas barbecue grills, HE washer and dryers, HDTV with movie channels (some with TiVo) and more.  Please see the listings for the individual properties for more details.

In December, 2017, we finished building our new home on the 3rd lot and moved in.  Waking up each morning and looking out on the water and horizon is something we cherish.  We invite you to come stay with us and enjoy the things we enjoy.

Wanda and Darrell Vandergriff