Part Five

YES BAY, ALASKA TODAY

Gleaned from various websites

Yes Bay Lodge
(Salmon fishing/freshwater fishing lodge)

Website: http://www.yesbay.com/

"Yes Bay 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. Owned and operated by the Hack family since 1977, Yes Bay Lodge is a world class destination for salt and freshwater fishing, wilderness adventure, and creating a personalized connection to the people most important to you. It is all waiting for you here, in your Alaska."


Yes Bay Lodge
View of Yes Bay
Lodge Interior

 

"Fishing is at the core of life at Yes Bay but your wilderness adventure is only limited by the size of your dreams.

Saltwater Fishing – All five species of Pacific Salmon run into the river systems around Yes Bay. Whether searching for the knee trembling freight train runs of Kings or the daring aerobatics of Cohos, you’ll find them and everything in between at Yes Bay. Coupled with the sheer power of halibut and colorful variety of rock fish, the lodge has everything you can imagine for your Alaskan saltwater fishing experience.

Freshwater Fishing – A short guided hike up the trail behind the lodge will put you on Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Steelhead and Salmon along the banks of Wolverine Creek. You may opt for Cutthroat trout in any number of watersheds nearby, all accessible by boat and your own two legs. Maybe a floatplane trip to an exclusive lake for Arctic Grayling is your dream. It’s all possible – it’s all up to you.

Hiking – The silence in the padded green rain forest will dazzle you as you hike toward the waterfalls cascading out of Lake Shelokum. After you have stood in the middle of the falls and breathed the pure mountain air – you may decide to continue on up the trail to soak in the Bailey Bay Hot Springs – or maybe you’ll fly-fish for Brook Trout in Lake Shelokum first…decisions, decisions. Your guide can usually help. Shell fishing – Dungeness crab and Spotted Prawns thrive in the cold clean waters in and around Yes Bay. Set out a pot and try your luck. Eat some at dinner or freeze it and take it home.

Wildlife Tours – Any boat excursion into the waters surrounding Yes Bay will yield wildlife sightings. Whether it’s Humpback Whales during the seasonal leg of their migration, Orcas, Dall Porpoise, Seals, Sea Lions, Mink, Marten, Eagles or Otters – keep your eyes open and your camera ready. A trip to the Hatchery at Neets Bay is easily arranged and will bring you up close and personal with the Black and Brown Bears of Southeast Alaska."

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From a second Yes Bay Lodge website

Yes Bay Lodge Saltwater & Fresh Water Fishing
at our Family run Resort
http://www.aipr.com/yesbaylodge/index.asp

"For over 20 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 fresh 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. Yes Bay Lodge provides one and two person kayaks where shoreline adventures can include gliding along with whales, sea otters, and seals. 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. "

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And, from a third website about Yes Bay Lodge some interesting history:

(website):http://www.realadventures.com/listings/1023018.htm

THE LODGE

"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 sons, Kevin and Bill, run the lodge, in the Hack Family tradition.

HIKING: Take advantage of several hiking opportunities on nature trails through the rainforest surrounding the lodge. Be advised that all of these hikes are moderately to very strenuous. You will walk on slippery logs, and narrow bridges, and will climb over and around tree trunks.

* Wolverine Creek Trail: Hike this moderate trail to several fishing areas for steelhead, trout, and salmon.

* Tram Trail: Originally a tramway for the old salmon cannery, this popular trail will lead you to McDonald Lake, for trout and steelhead fishing.

* Forest Service Trail: This trail leads from the back of Yes Bay to meet up with the Wolverine Creek trail.

* Bailey Bay Trail: Take a boat ride to the end of Bailey Bay to hike to the soothing hot springs. For the truly adventurous, continue along to Lake Shelokum for trout fishing.

* Shrimp Bay Trail: Boat to Shrimp Bay to see the majestic double waterfalls. Take a short hike up the trail to Orchard Lake for some trout fishing. Kayak the calm waters of the bay and enjoy communing with the Alaskan wilderness."

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