A Summer to Remember

One of our guests from Lake Tapps, WA writes about his summer trip to Sportsman’s Cove Lodge.

The highlight of our summer was a July three day fishing trip to Sportsman’s Cove Lodge, owned by retired (United) Captain Larry McQuarrie. He has done a fantastic job of turning an old cannery with a few dilapidated buildings into a first class fishing lodge. It has its own power and water and everything has to be delivered by boat or float plane. My daughter, Kelsey and I flew to Ketchikan and were picked up in a float plane for the twenty minute flight to Prince of Wales Island where the lodge is located. Larry, Capt. Mac as he is called at the lodge, learned a lot from his days at United about how not to treat his guests. Unlike the airline, everyone is treated first class. Gourmet food, outstanding staff and they even arranged for three sunny days for us. They operate five boats with six fishermen and two crew per boat. We caught salmon, halibut, lingcod, yellow-eye and several other interesting species of fish. We flew home with two large boxes of frozen fish fillets neatly shrink wrapped in two portion sizes. A trip of a lifetime for my daughter and me.

Eric M.

Sportsman’s Cove Lodge sits on a hill side in the Tongass National Forest. During the summer season there are numerous opportunities for photographers. Capture wildlife and scenery like you have never seen before.

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