KACHEMAK BAY WILDERNESS LODGE
907-235-8910 Luxurious cabins, remote splendor and excellent fishing are hallmarks of this upscale resort near the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula. ACCESS: If not directly to the lodge by helicopter or floatplane, typical arrivals involve a flight or car trip from Anchorage to Homer. Guests are picked up at Homer Boat Harbor for the 30-minute run across Kachemak Bay. ACCOMMODATIONS: Five cabins take 10 to 14 guests. The lodge can accommodate up to 16 if the group’s together. SPORT-FISHING FLEET: A 17-foot Boston Whaler with a Honda 90, two 21-foot Boston Whalers with Honda 135s, and two 22-foot aluminum Hewescraft boats with a 150 Yamaha or 200 Suzuki. TACKLE AND BAITS: Various brands of 10- to 20-pound spin gear, all provided, though fly-fishermen must bring their own tackle. Artificial baits only, for all species, particularly Vibrax Blue Fox spinners, and spoons including the Pixee, Krocodile and Swedish Pimple. PRIMARY FISHING GROUNDS: Fishing from shore or by boat near the lodge and Kachemak Bay. Trips on separate charter boats can be arranged for fishing Cook Inlet. TARGETED SPECIES: King and silver salmon, flounder, halibut and various rockfishes. SEASON: Early summer for kings; August to early September for silvers; halibut, flounder and rockfish all summer. RATES: Two nights, $2,100 per person; three nights, $2,900 per person; five nights, $4,500 per person; included is the lodge’s boat for pickup in Homer; scheduled floatplane or helicopter additional. COMMENTS: It’s been family-owned for three generations and features beautiful ocean and mountain views from every cabin. The lodge is popular with celebrities; Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg recently visited.