Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Bear Valley Lodge located?
Bear Valley Lodge is located in the Northwest area of Prince of Wales Island quarter mile west of El Capitan Cave - seventy-five air miles from Ketchikan.

How do I get there?
Most people fly into Wrangell or Ketchikan arriving around 9:30 am from Seattle via Alaska Airlines. We can help arrange your float plane ride to the lodge from either location. (Ground transportation is also possible.) Price of transporation is not included in your rate.

Do you know any hotels in Wrangell or Ketchikan?
Once in Wrangell or Ketchikan there are several hotels and bed and breakfasts from which to choose.


How long are your trips?
Our trips are 6 days and 5 nights.

What clothes will I need?
The weather in Alaska is changeable but pleasant. Expect temperatures from 50 to 70 degrees and occasional showers. We also experience periods of rain. If you pack warm comfortable layers, you should be ready for anything. Pack sturdy shoes, if you plan to hike and explore and a light water repellent jacket. Rain gear is provided, but bring short rubber boots if you have them.

What kind of fish will I catch?

You will fish for all 5 species of salmon, halibut, lingcod, steelhead, cutthroat trout and at least a dozen species of rockfish. Guests are encouraged to try their hand with the crew in crabbing and shrimping.

How many guests do you have at one time?
We usually plan for six guests per week. Please call if you have a larger group up to 12 people and we can accommodate.

How do I get my fish home?
Bear Valley's dockhands will vacuum pack, freeze, and pack your fish in airline-approved Wetlock boxes for your flight

Can I go crabbing and clamming?
Yes, please join the crew and have some fun learning how they do it on the "Deadliest Catch".

What kind of gear do you use?

Bear Valley uses only the best gear. We buy new fishing tackle each season for you to use and stress the use of light and ultra-light tackle. It's easy to use and more fun than you can imagine!

Do I need a fishing license? Where do I get one?
If you are not an Alaskan resident and over the age of 16 you will need to purchase a fishing license (and King stamp when fishing for Kings). Purchase them at the lodge, on the Internet, or at many Alaska retail stores.

What about alcohol?
We serve wine with dinner. If you would like your favorite cocktail or beer, please note you will need to bring it with you. Let us know what mixers you prefer and we will have them ready.

Are the bears tame?
No! They just look like Yogi and Booboo. Please consider all bears to be wild and armed and dangerous. We work around the Bears all day long. So if you see us running you better keep up!

What kind of food do you serve?
We serve delicious gourmet meals of seafood, meat and pasta. Our beef is USDA inspected Organic. Our food is the freshest available and includes many salads, fruits and vegetables. Every morning a hot breakfast is served and a box lunch is packed for you.


Do you take children?
Yes, we love children and think the best thing for them is to be out fishing.

Do you take credit cards?
We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

Do you take a deposit?
Yes. For reservations out more than 9 months, we take only a 10% deposit. All other reservations require a 50% deposit, balance due 90 days prior to your trip.

What is your cancellation policy?
If for some reason it becomes necessary for you to cancel your trip, we will happily apply your deposit toward a future trip.

Where do I sign up???
We are ready to help you plan your adventure of a lifetime.

Have a question not answered here?  Please email us anytime.  

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What Do I Need to Bring?

What to Expect
You’ll fish the calm and sheltered waters of Sumner Strait, Sea Otter Sound. For those who want to experience fishing like no other, we also fish the waters surrounding Coronation Island- well known as perhaps the finest salt water fishing in all of Alaska!. When weather permits, fishing southern Chatham Straight will satisfy even the most ardent fisherman.

Prepare for the trip of a lifetime!
Alaska weather is unpredictable, but expect temperatures from 50 to 70 degrees with occasional showers and periods of rain.

What to Bring

Important Articles:
Bear Valley Lodge is a remote property. Please remember to pack adequate amounts of prescription medicines, eye glasses and contact lenses. Soap and hair dryers are provided for your use, but don't forget your favorite toiletries. If possible, please pack your things in a soft sided duffle bag.

The weather in Alaska is always changing, but don’t worry, a little planning prepares you for any situation. Summer temperatures range between 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Bring warm clothing to layer: turtlenecks, fleece and microfiber tops and jackets, warm socks, a hat, lightweight gloves and a rain repellent jacket.

Southeast Alaska is a photographer's dream. Bring your camera, and a telephoto lens. Pack extra batteries and a moisture-proof camera bag, if possible.

Fishing Tackle:
Fly fishing gear and tackle is not provided, but feel free to bring your own if you like. The streams are full of fish, so bring a supply of flies, small spinners and spoons. Plenty of time is available to fish independently with light tackle from our comfortable skiffs. We do supply light spinning tackle for our guests use.