Zachar Bay Lodge, a former cannery, located on Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska and 250 miles southwest of Anchorage, is situated on 7 private acres surrounded by the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge.
Kingfisher Aviation is owned and operated by the Eaton Family,your hosts at Zachar Bay Lodge. All flights to Zachar Bay Lodge as well as fly-out fishing and flightseeing tours is provided Kingfisher Aviation.
Kodiak’s scenery is magnificent- rugged mountains, hundreds of miles of shoreline, lakes, marshes, bogs, and meadows. Four-thousand-foot mountains rise from the sea accented with fjordlike inlets. Lush vegetation blankets the mountains ranging from sedges, alders, and spruce to colorful wildflowers and berries.
The refuge is home to an estimated 2,300 brown bears, and at least 600 nesting pairs of bald eagles. More than 250 species of birds live upon or visit the refuge, while more than 1.5 million seabirds overwinter in nearshore waters surrounding Kodiak Island.
Zachar Bay Lodge was originally established as a wilderness lodge in 1989, and since that time, the Eaton’s continue to improve the facility. The ‘Cannery’ was originally constructed in the early 1920’s as a fish processing plant, and many crew quarters were constructed to accommodate the 100+ workers during the short summer season.
Many of the original cannery buildings still exist, but most of the surrounding buildings that make up our guest quarters have been newly constructed or renovated, The rooms and buildings are clean and comfortable and retain the quaint cannery atmosphere.
All are modernized with indoor plumbing, heat and electricity. We can accommodate up to 22 guests in 11 private guest rooms, each cozily furnished with two single beds, dresser, nightstand, mirror, closet, posters, rugs and heaters, private or shared bathrooms and hot showers. We provide pillows, sheets, blankets, towels and soap, and rooms are cleaned daily.
Boat skippers have decades of experience between them. They know the best locations and the best techniques for catching monster halibut. At Zachar Bay you’ll have the special privilege of fishing in calm, shallow waters not far from the lodge. That means more fishing time and less seasickness. It also means you can fight those monster fish on much lighter tackle. In the same waters you can also troll for bright, acrobatic silver salmon, as well as trophy king salmon.
Zachar Bay Lodge also offers fly-out fishing trips to remote, secluded lakes and streams where huge schools of sockeye salmon and arctic char await. This is an unforgettable, real Alaskan experience for both fly-fishermen and spin-fishermen.
Guides & Boats
Zachar Bay guides have a wealth of experience fishing and navigating the areas of Kodiak Island with the five different aluminum boats available for fishing or wildlife adventures.
- Saltwater Fishing Tackle: Equipment and tackle are provided depending upon the species of fish (including Salmon and Halibut) targeted. Fish saltwater for five species of salmon, and halibut – all less than 20 minutes from the lodge.
- Freshwater (Lakes & Streams) Fishing & Tackle: Equipment and tackle are provided for fishing the nearby rivers and lakes; however, fly fishing equipment is not provided.
Zachar Bay Lodge has 11 private guest rooms and a friendly staff of 10. Since 1989, the Eaton’s have been providing guests an intimate experience of Kodiak Islands backcountry and bountiful fresh and saltwater fishing opportunities.
The Dining Hall, originally built in the 1960s, retains a large commercial kitchen modernized for their talented chef to prepare tasty home-cooked meals in this Eaton family-run Alaska lodge.
The Bay House was remodeled as summer guest accommodations upon the Eaton’s purchase of Zachar Bay. The building was originally a 4-plex, built in the 1960’s to house 16 cannery workers. The renovations included removing two large walls, constructing two covered porches, adding two large windows, heat, and bathrooms.
There are 2 private guest rooms with outdoor entrances, each featuring a private bathrooms with showers. The building is located on the hill, with a view of Zachar Bay out the front windows and off the community deck.
The Animal House is one of the original cannery bunkhouses. It has been remodeled as summer guest accommodations upon the Eaton’s purchase of Zachar Bay. The building was originally a 5-plex with one large community bathroom, built to house 20 cannery workers. The renovations included new electrical wiring, new interior, adding a central propane heater, and two new bathrooms.
There are 4 guest rooms with that have a common living room entrance. There are two bathrooms in the building, each with a shower. The building is centrally located among the other buildings just above beach level, with a view of Zachar Bay out the front. We tend to use the Animal House for families or larger groups.
The Pisces House was constructed by the Eaton’s as summer guest accommodations. There are 3 private guest rooms with outdoor entrances, each featuring a private bathrooms with showers. The building is located on the hill, with a view of Zachar Bay out the front windows and off the community deck.
Over 2,300 bears make their home throughout the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. There are large populations of marine mammals such as seals, sea lions and otters. Outside the Bay, pods of finback whales feed year-round.
Explore the diverse ecosystem within the boundaries of Zachar Bay on Kodiak Island during our guided wildlife viewing adventures.
Zachar Bay is located within the confines of the 1.9 million acres of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, which was created August 19, 1941 “for the purpose of protecting the natural feeding and breeding range of the brown bears and other wildlife on Kodiak Island, Alaska.”
Lush vegetation blankets the mountains ranging from sedges, alders, and spruce to colorful wildflowers and berries. The refuge is home to an estimated 2,300 brown bears, and at least 600 nesting pairs of bald eagles. More than 250 species of birds live upon or visit the refuge, while more than 1.5 million seabirds overwinter in nearshore waters surrounding Kodiak Island.
Zachar Bay Lodge offers fantastic opportunities to experience Kodiak Island’s world-famous brown bears in their pristine and natural habitat. The lodge itself is located in the heart of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, home of the Kodiak brown bear.
For a very special bear viewing experience, and virtually guaranteed bear sightings, you can fly out for a full day of bear viewing at Frazer Falls, one of the world’s best places to see high concentrations of wild brown bears fishing for salmon. Here there is nothing between you and the bears save for the long-held tradition of mutual respect that exists only at this particular spot.
The opportunities for bear photography in this picturesque setting are superb. And perhaps best of all, you will likely have this little known place all to yourself for most or all of the day. You will, of course, be accompanied by your very own professional bear-viewing guide the whole time. Such a situation is unique in the world, and Zachar Bay is honored to share it with you.
- Hiking: Explore the backcountry on foot – most daily adventures include some walking to get to the fishing or wildlife viewing of your Alaska vacation adventure.
- Kayaking: Take a tour of the Bay through the ocean. Relax and paddle at your own pace.
- Hunting: Zachar Bay Lodge offers a large (20’ x 100’) secure meat house, in the historic cannery on the dock, which has electricity, large meat processing tables and plenty of room to hang and process your venison. There are three cabins available, depending on the size of your party.
The first step to your Kodiak adventure is getting to Alaska! Several airlines provide daily service into Anchorage from various cities around the world. Alaska Airlines provides reliable and comfortable service from numerous locations from the lower 48 to Anchorage. Kodiak is provided airline service from Anchorage by Alaska Airlines and ERA Aviation, which fly a combined seven flights per day. Alaska Airlines has two flights with a Boeing 737 Jet while ERA has at least five flights per day utilizing a Dash 8 aircraft.
The flight from Anchorage to Kodiak takes between 45 minutes to an hour and if you sit on the right side of the aircraft you can view the town of Kodiak on the final approach. The mountains rise from the ocean and the fog often skirts the ocean and land below where the small city of Kodiak lays. Once the plane has landed, you will deplane at the ERA terminal building. Welcome to Kodiak where the lifestyle becomes more informal and the pace slower.
Kodiak City to Zachar Bay
To most visitors, the City of Kodiak can seem remote and isolated. Zachar Bay Lodge is located only 50 miles to the southwest of the City, but there are NO roads. The Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge covers almost 2/3 of Kodiak Island, preserving the land to our nature oriented adventures. The Lodge is only accessible by a 40-minute floatplane ride through the scenic bays and mountains that make up Kodiak Island. Don’t worry about setting up reservations for the flight to Zachar Bay – we include it in our packages.
Zachar Bay Lodge’s planes are Found Bush Hawks on floats, which also operate as Kingfisher Aviation. Each aircraft can carry up to four passengers (with gear) or 850 pounds. Glen and Kyle Eaton are the pilots. Someone from the Lodge will meet you outside the Alaska Air terminal or your hotel when you arrive into Kodiak. (Look for Zachar Bay Lodge or Kingfisher name and logo on a hat or shirt). You will be taken by van to Trident Basin seaplane harbor, where the floatplane will depart for Zachar Bay.
Once the floatplane arrives at Zachar Bay Lodge it will taxi up and stop on the beach where you will be greeted by the staff. After your arrival your luggage will be taken to your room where you can unpack and prepare for the day’s excursion!