The Hub of Fish and Fishermen for Over a Century
Accessible only by air and sea, Waterfall Resort is located on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska’s 1,100-island Alexander Archipelago near the famed Inside Passage, the historic settlers’ route turned scenic interisland marine highway.
The truth is, we’re as easily reachable as we are wonderfully remote. A short floatplane flight from Ketchikan, just 90 minutes from Seattle, Washington, and you’re transported to another world.
Our 52-acre property is entrenched amid the Tongass National Forest on 2,770-square-mile Prince of Wale Island’s craggy west coast. Here, nutrient-rich spring runoff and a confluence of ocean currents attract millions of bait fish, which feed vast populations of halibut, lingcod, and rockfish—as well as the extraordinary annual returns of king and silver salmon. These seasonal salmon runs have long inspired commercial fishermen, including those who founded our forebearer, the record-setting Waterfall Cannery, in 1912.
Of course, those wily salmon know exactly why they converge along our shores each summer. They’re bulking up for an epic journey to their spawning grounds—rivers and creeks in Washington and Oregon, and the 14,000 miles of wild waterways that course through Prince of Wales Island and throughout the Tongass.
Established by Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Calvin Coolidge in the early 1900s—today the largest forest in the U.S. at 17 million acres—the Tongass is the world’s second largest rainforest (after the Amazon), and claims even greater distinction for its richness as an ecosystem. A vibrant tangle of spruce and cedar, conifers and hemlock trees, mushrooms, berry brambles, and mulchy layers of decaying plants known as muskeg, it boasts the greatest density of organic matter on the entire planet.
“The first thing I noticed when I got off the floatplane? It turned out to be oxygen. We just loved the whole experience of Waterfall Resort, from the trees and the fresh air to the whales and the fishing.”
—Bruce Halle, Marana, Arizona
Not surprisingly, such a massively healthy habitat supports jaw-dropping wildlife. At Waterfall Resort Alaska, not only do we share our shores with thriving populations of fish, humpback whales, orcas, puffins, and otters, but we also share our densely wooded acres with black bears, bald eagles, minks, herons, Sitka black-tailed deer, and more.
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