Yes Bay Lodge Eco-Tours
Some of nature’s most majestic work in Alaska surrounds Yes Bay Lodge, in the Misty Fjords National Monument. This unique landscape and the living things in it are protected in Misty Fjords National Monument … 2.2 million acres managed by the U.S. Forest Service as wilderness since 1980.
Yes Bay Lodge offers several different Flightseeing Tours right from our dock.
These spectacular air tours combine the unmatched beauty of the Misty Fjords National Monument with several of Alaska’s most dramatic glaciers. You’ll take in the primitive wilderness of the Misty Fjords and continue to the quaint border town of Hyder, Alaska, where the Soule, through and Chickamin and Salmon Glaciers wind through valleys ringed by rugged, often snowcapped mountains.
Depart Yes Bay Lodge on a wonderful sight-seeing tour, led by an experienced Alaska floatplane pilot. On the way, your pilot provides a live interactive narration of the fascinating natural and human history of the area. All passengers are equipped with headsets that permit the pilot to converse during the flight.
Mc Donald Lake
One comment we hear a lot at Yes Bay is about the time and effort it must have taken to build the boardwalk that leads visitors from the front porch to the dock. We are proud to say, what you see in the front of the lodge is just the beginning. The boardwalk extends nearly a mile and a half behind the lodge through the continent’s largest temperate rainforest.
The pathway leads anglers, birdwatchers, and nature lovers along one of Southeast Alaska’s most unique trails. Hikers have come from all over the world for the opportunity to step foot on our trail. You can do it every night after dinner, or you can spend an entire day exploring all the adventure it leads to.
Once you are just a few yards behind the lodge, you will quickly realize you are in the midst of a setting unmatched anywhere else in the world. Lush is where most folks begin describing the forest, but where they end is up to them. Every visitor walks away with a unique view.
Whether you hike all the way to Lake McDonald (1.3 miles) to spend a day fishing for salmon, cutthroats, rainbows, dolly varden, or the 25-pound steelhead that make the lake famous across the globe, or if you merely stroll a few hundred yards for a “wilderness” picnic, you will experience a forest unlike any other. One of our guides would love to show you the way.
The best part of the trail is that it is in our own backyard.
Trail Hiking At McDonald Lake
Making the hike to McDonald Lake is a sightseeing adventure in itself. Our trail hiking in Ketchikan, AK, is truly an experience; they are full of lush scenery and mirror-like lakes perfect for all nature lovers. Whether you want to hike recreationally or want to take a challenging path, McDonald Lake is surrounded by trails traveled by locals and faraway tourists alike.
Trail hiking is good for the body and mind, and better yet, the trails we have are both long and short to suit every level of adventurer. There’s no better place to quietly reconnect with nature and create lasting memories that will leave you feeling revitalized. McDonald Lake is an excellent place for a vacation or weekend getaway for locals; you will find excitement in the still waters of the lake where many fish species live. Alaska is known for having some of the most diverse northern wildlife. The fluctuations in temperature also make way for the growth of various flora and fauna, which means you can experience the beauty of trail hiking all year round.
Be sure to contact us if you’re interested in renting a lodge to make the most of your nature vacation. We’ll be happy to answer any inquiries you may have about our rates and terms.
Yes Bay Lodge offers an opportunity few other facilities in the world can boast, the opportunity to have an entire lake to yourself. Imagine just you and a world-class guide fishing some of the world’s most pristine and productive lakes and rivers…without another soul for miles.
You will be fishing for trophy cutthroat trout, huge rainbows, dolly varden, monstrous lake trout; you’ll even have a shot at big, bright silver salmon on a fly rod. It is a freshwater anglers version of heaven on earth. And you can fish it every day at Yes Bay Lodge.
Reflection Lake is not our only remote freshwater offering. The lodge has exclusive permits to nearly two dozen other lakes and river systems. You may go for the seclusion, but the sights, the water, and the fishing – oh the fishing – will have you coming back for more. Yes Bay’s access to some of the world’s finest fly fishing waters has remained one of its best-kept secrets. Come see why it is a secret worth keeping.
The Neets Bay tour begins with a boat ride from Yes Bay Lodge to Neets Bay. This can be done as part of a normal half day of fishing, or you can include a picnic lunch and make it an all day trip of fishing, touring the hatchery and watching and photographing the bears. Beginning in mid-July, just as the pink and chum salmon are returning to Neets Bay, this active salmon hatchery attracts bears from all around. Although bear sightings are not guaranteed, we usually see from 5 to 10 bears on a normal tour. These are hungry black bears who prepare for winter by feasting on salmon returning to the hatchery and to several streams throughout the bay.
In addition to watching the bears, you may enjoy a tour of the hatchery. After spending 30-45 minutes at the hatchery we search once again for bears feeding in the nearby streams. If the bears are out in these more natural settings this is where we will spend most of our time.
Eagles and seals are also plentiful in Neets Bay. Be sure to bring both your video and regular camera on this tour. This is a chance to bring home some great footage to show your friends and family.
The number of returning fish is projected every year; it’s no wonder the bears around Neets Bay return to enjoy their catch.
Summer Chum – 997,000
Fall Chum – 213,000
Chinook – 15,400
Coho – 197,000