Walk out from the airport terminal and you’re 100 feet from what locals call the “Airport Lodge”; the official name is Yakutat Lodge (907/784-3232 or 800/925-8828, www.yakutatlodge.com, Apr.–Oct.). All-inclusive fishing packages are the primary attraction, but nightly rates are available in rustic old lodge rooms and simple cabins with a shared bathhouse. Meals are available for guests and the public, and there’s Wi-Fi and sometimes a hot tub. (Note: the lodge photo on the main website page is only for high-end stays; most accommodations are much simpler.)
Leonard’s Landing Lodge (907/784-3245 or 877/925-3474, www.leonardslanding.com, $75–85 s, $120–140 d) has been rebuilt following a big fire, with a rambling collection of buildings near the boat harbor. Package rates with meals and a fishing guide are available, along with boat rentals.
Glacier Bear Lodge (907/784-3202, www.glacierbearlodge.com) has a modern central lodge with a restaurant and lounge. Motel-style ($195 d) units are adjacent.
Another modern place, Monte Bay Lodge (425/432-0722 or 866/513-4744, www.montibaylodge.com, $100–125 pp) has a pleasant location with two upstairs suites, covered porches, and big windows fronting the bay.
The Mooring Lodge (907/784-3300 or 888/551-2836, www.mooringlodge.com, year-round, $250 d; add $75 per person for extra guests) rents out two-bedroom apartment units that can sleep six and have full kitchens, a sauna, and views across Monti Bay to the St. Elias Mountains.
Other lodging options include:
- Red Roof B&B
- Blue Heron Inn B&B
- Yakutat Bay Lodge
A couple of woodsy campsites are along Cannon Beach and near the Situk River bridge. In addition, much of the land surrounding Yakutat is within Tongass National Forest and is open to camping. Above the tide line on Cannon Beach is a fun (but exposed) place to pitch a tent.
© Don Pitcher from Moon Alaska, 10th Edition