What to Expect at Salmon Falls

Location & Transportation

Salmon Falls Resort is located 15 miles north of Ketchikan International Airport (KTN airport code).


Your Alaskan adventure will begin with our Resort Shuttle and Driver Meet and Greet, a short ferry ride across the the Tongass Narrows to Ketchikan, The Resort is about 20 minutes north from Ketchikan Airport. Refer to FAQ How do I get to the resort from the Ketchikan Airport?


Fun Fact: the Ketchikan International Airport (KTN) is located on Gravina Island, across the Tongass Narrows from the city of Ketchikan, located on Revillagigedo Island.

Contact Us

Hotel Main 1(800) 247-9059 or (907) 225-2752


ALL-INCLUSIVE and HOTEL+MEALS packages include Round Trip Ketchikan Airport Pick Up and Drop Off Transfers

All-Inclusive and Hotel+Meals packages include round-trip airport transfers and ferry pass fees.  Upon your arrival to Ketchikan Airport simply, exit the airport terminal where our Resort Shuttle and Driver will be waiting for your Meet & Greet. Your Alaskan adventure will begin with a quick ferry ride across the Tongass Narrows in our Resort Shuttle, then will continue about 20 minutes north to the Resort.


PLEASE NOTE: on occasion the Airport ferry is at full vehicle and passenger capacity and our Resort Shuttle must wait for the next ferry. We take this into consideration for all departures.


ROOM ONLY rates include Revillagigedo Island/Ketchikan (town side) Round Trip Pick Up and Drop Off  Transfers

Room Only (includes Expedia,, etc.) reservations include round-trip pick up and drop off transfers on the Ketchikan town side. ROOM ONLY Guests are responsible for obtaining and payment of all ferry passes and will need to board the ferry to/from Ketchikan Airport on their own. Our Resort Shuttle transfers will be picking you up and dropping you off on the Ketchikan/town side for your arrival and departure.


The Ketchikan International Airport (KTN) is located on Gravina Island and the city of Ketchikan, located on Revillagigedo Island. Your adventure will start with a 5-minute ferry ride across the Tongass Narrows.


All guests are to provide the following a minimum of 7 days prior to arrival: full name, cell number (required) , flight arrival and departure details, and number of guests. A confirmation of your transfers will be provided.

Contact Us

Hotel Main 1(800) 247-9059 or (907) 225-2752


All guests are to provide the following a minimum of 7 days prior to arrival. Email us the below:

  • Full Guest Name
  • Flight Arrival Date, Flight Arrival Time, Airline, Flight No. and number of people traveling
  • Flight Departure Date, Flight Arrival Time, Airline, Flight No. and number of people traveling

Call us so we may coordinate the locations of you and our Resort Shuttle Driver.


Hotel Main 1(800) 247-9059 or (907) 225-2752


Please ensure you provide us your flight arrival details at least 7 days prior to your arrival along with your cell number so we may contact you.


And on occasion, their may be a slight delay as the ferry is at full capacity and our Resort Shuttle must wait for the next ferry.

The Airport ferry is managed by the Alaska’s Inter-Island Ferry Authority. The Airport ferry  is a passenger and vehicle open to the public.


Please note on occasion the Airport ferry is at full vehicle and passenger capacity and our Resort Shuttle must wait for the next ferry. Average Airport ferry time ride is 5-minutes and does not account for vehicle and passenger loading and unloading.


*** Summer Schedule Effective though August 31, 2023 ***

6:15 AM    First run of the day

  • Ketchikan side to Airport side; then every quarter hour
  • Airport side to Ketchikan side; on the hour and every half  hour

9:30 PM    Last run of the day Airport side to Ketchikan side


In addition to the above schedule a 2nd second ferry will operate Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM in intervals of 15 minutes from the Airport and Ketchikan side.


Fare pricing and Airport ferry schedules are managed by the Alaska’s Inter-Island Ferry Authority are are subject to change.



Ferry passes are included with our All-Inclusive and Hotel+Meal packages.


Passenger Fares One-Way 


12 and Older $6.00

6 to 11             $6.00

5 and Under   Free


A person who has purchased a one-way passenger fare may take a return trip on same calendar day with out charge. MUST have receipt as proof of date purchased.

Salmon Falls’ All-Inclusive and Hotel+Meals packages include round trip local Resort Shuttle transfers.  Please contact our Front Desk to make these arrangements and preferably in advance.


Should you choose to explore Ketchikan and Revillagigedo Island on your own

  • a list of car rental companies can be found here.  Self-parking at Salmon Falls is complimentary.
  • a list of taxicabs, limousine services, and public bus details can be found here.

Explore our half and full day excursions included in our All-Inclusive Adventure package.


Ketchikan, Alaska, is truly the beginning of the last frontier. Set at the southernmost entrance to Alaska’s famed Inside Passage—a network of waterways that snake through some of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful wilderness in the world—Ketchikan is best known for three things: feisty salmon, idyllic scenery, and an incredibly rich Alaska Native culture.


Want to explore on your own? Find arts and culture activities here, historical and museums, speciality shopping and gifts, historic walking tour map, and Ketchikan maps here.

The Resort

Check-In 3:00 p.m. and Check-Out 11:00 a.m.


We will make every effort to accommodate requests for early check-in and late check-outs based on availability on that day. However, if we’re unable to accommodate your request, we will be delighted to store your luggage and contact you when your room is ready.

Although Salmon Falls is in a remote location on the waters of Clover Passage, Wi-Fi is available and included for our registered guests.


Cell coverage varies dependent upon weather, cloud cover, users online, and your carrier.  However prepare to be off the grid when you’re out on the water.

A valid ID and a valid credit card is required for Check-In. Must be 21 years of age or older to Check-In.

Regrettably Salmon Falls Resort does not allow pets.

The waters around Salmon Falls are home to a variety of species, including humpback whales, sea lions, back bears and bald eagles.  We often see them from our property, but your likelihood of spotting these animals will be improved by booking a dedicated excursion through our Adventure Specialists.

Although the Aurora is active almost year-round, you likely won’t see them at Salmon Falls.  The long summer days means shorter hours of darkness in June and July and cloud cover can make the lights difficult to view.

Regrettably the Resort does not offer Room Service.

Our All-Inclusive package includes a menu of adventures such as fully guided fishing, e-bike & hike, kayak ecotours, and more. Visit our Adventures page to see the diverse variety of activities.


Our property including public spaces and select rooms in the Lower Lodge and lower floor, that are ADA compliant.  The Marina is located at the bottom of a hill with o-site transportation available for any guests who may need extra assistance.


As we are a rustic resort, we are a 100% non smoking in the guestrooms, suites, Timbers Restaurant & Lounge, and The Discovery Room. The Resort has ample outdoor spaces for smokers.

Reservations, Terms,and Conditions

To make an ALL-INCLUSIVE Adventure package, Hotel+Meals, or Room Only reservation:

Deposit Schedule is $1,000 deposit per person due at time of booking. Full prepayment due 30 days prior to arrival.


If booking is within 30 days of arrival, full prepayment is required.

Cancellation Policy is fully refundable 30 or more days in advance. Non-refundable less than 30 days prior to arrival. If you need to cancel within 30 days, a full credit can be rolled into a later date this season, or a 50% credit can be rolled into a booking for the following season.

Gratuity is not included in our package pricing. If you’d like to add gratuity for any of our staff members either directly or by adding it to your room charge with our front desk staff.

Although not expected, if you’d like to recognize a member for a job well-done, a suggested gratuity guideline is as follows:

  • Captains $50 – $100 per person/day of fishing
  • Dock Hands/Fish Cutters $20 – $50 per boat/day
  • Airport Shuttle Drivers/Baggage Handling, $5-10 per person each trip
  • Housekeeping $5 per day
  • Front Office $10.00 per person per reservation
  • Timbers Servers and Bartenders, 18% – 22% of bill
  • Float Plane Captains $25 per guest per flight
  • E-Bike & Hike, Zodiac, Kayak, and Zip-Line Guides: $5.00 per person per adventure


Salmon Falls Resort accepts the following forms of payment:

  • Cash
  • Personal and Corporate Check (certain restrictions apply)
  • Wire Transfer
  • American Express
  • Diner’s Club
  • Discover
  • Mastercard
  • VISA
  • Salmon Falls Resort E-Gift Certificate

To inquire about Personal or Corporate Check terms & conditions, to apply for Direct Billing, or to request Wire Transfer bank details, Contact Us.

Timbers Restaurant & Lounge the following forms of payment:

  • Cash
  • American Express
  • Diner’s Club
  • Discover
  • Mastercard
  • VISA
  • Timbers E-Gift Certificate

We offer E-Gift Certificates (a pdf via email) in the denomination of your choice for the following:

  • Timbers Restaurant & Lounge redeemable toward food and beverage
  • Salmon Falls Resort redeemable toward room packages, upgrades, and Commander (boat) VIP airport transfers

Contact Us

Yes, we have an electronic link (Canary link) available to authorize Third Party payment.


You can expect to catch all five species of salmon: King (Chinook), Pink (Humpy), Coho (Silver), in addition to halibut, lingcod and over 20 different species of rock fish. See What We’re Catchin’


By Alaska Fish & Game guidelines, sport fishing  for yelloweye rockfish remain closed as of June 3, 2023.


Guests will mainly fish in protected Pacific Ocean saltwater coves and along the rugged coast of Southeast Alaska. Prepare to enjoy breathtaking scenery and an abundance of magnificent local wildlife.

To maximize guest comfort and space to fish, we generally put 4 people plus the captain on our fishing charters. If your group is smaller than 4, you may be placed with other guests.


For a group of 5-6 guests or for a boat Buyout, please contact an Adventure Specialist at or 1(800)247-9059.


Our All-Inclusive Adventure package offers Self-Guided Fishing. We  offer 18ft Lund Skiffs and 24ft. Skagit Orcas and includes fishing license, king salmon stamp if requested, bait, top of the line tackle, Grundens gear, boxed lunch, snacks, soft drinks, bottled water, fish processing/packaging, and fuel.


In Alaska, a license is required to participate in sport and personal use fishing. and all anglers 16 years of age or older.


When choosing Fully-Guided or Self-Guided Fishing with your All-Inclusive Adventure package, your fishing license and a king stamp (when requested) is included.


GAF  (Guided Angler Fish) halibut permits are available however in a limited quantity at$500.00 per GAF per person per day. By the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, GAF halibut permits are required to fish and retain halibut on Mondays; required all other days to retain halibut.

E-mail scan or each anglers’ legal name, State of Issued Driver’s License, and Driver’s License Number so we may prepare and print your fishing license for your arrival.


It is the responsibility of all Anglers to carry their fishing licenses on them at all times while fishing.

All-Inclusive Fully Guided and Self Guided adventure packages include fish processing and packaging.

Guests on the same boat generally pool their catch. Our guides advise on fish cuts (steaks or fillets) and our Fish Cutters clean, trim, vacuum-seals, and flash-freeze in steak or fillet portions for easy freezer storage.

We securely pack your portioned frozen fish in 25lb and 50 lb wet-lock boxes to ensure your catch remains fully frozen until enjoyed at your dinner table back home. Your fish boxes can be checked as baggage for your return flight.

Should you wish to have your fish shipped, we outsource your processed fish shipping through Clover Pass Resort, a 10-minute drive from the Resort, one way. Shipping averages $250.00 per 50 lbs of fish, dependent upon your final destination.

Each person reacts to open boating and sportfishing experiences differently. Even the most seasoned veteran gets seasick from time to time. Our vessels are fully stocked with Coast Guard approved first-aid kits in the event that you become ill. We also have motion sickness medicine available in our gift shop.


All-Inclusive Adventure and Hotel+Meals package guests have all meals included and taken at Timbers Restaurant & Lounge, located on-site. Meals include Dinner on day of arrival; all three meals on full days (full American breakfast buffet, lunch or Boxed Lunches if fishing or on a day excursion, and dinner); full American breakfast buffet on day of departure.


Dinner includes choice of soup or salad, appetizer, entree/main, dessert, coffee, tea and non-alcoholic beverages. Additional menu items and alcoholic beverages may be ordered and charge to your your room.


Visit  Timbers Restaurant & Lounge to view our hours for meal service and our 2023 a la carte menus.


As Timbers Restaurant is open to the public and Resort Guests alike, we highly recommend making dinner restaurant reservations. Contact Us

Please refer to our Timbers Restaurant page for our hours as well as current menus. Our Timbers Restaurant & Lounge season is May 27, 2023 – September 10, 2023 (last dinner service).

Packing & Weather

Resort dress is casual and our Southeast Alaska location definitely a place for layers and warmer clothing. Mornings and evenings can be cooler, however the afternoons tend to warm up with sunscreen and sunglasses (polarized if possible) are a must even under cloud cover.


Fishing? We provide Grundens all-weather gear (bib/pants, hooded jacket, and boots) in adult and kid’s sizes. We suggest packing light to save checked luggage for your fish boxes!

  • Clothes that can be layered, such as short- and long-sleeve shirts, jeans or other casual pants, water-resistant jackets or windbreakers, wool sweaters, neck scarves, and fleece vests or pullovers
  • Hat (knit beanie, fishing hat, visor, or baseball cap)
  • Gloves
  • Tennis shoes, boat shoes, or quick-dry hiking shoes with rugged soles (no leather soles and these can get very slippery)
  • Sunglasses (polarized if possible)
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent (we rarely see mosquitos, however have the occasional no-see-ums)
  • Small day pack or tote bag to carry those souvenirs and gifts or to  bring essentials aboard  if you’re fishing
  • Any needed medications, including remedies for seasickness
  • Camera, GoPro, charger, batteries, memory sticks


Forget somethings? Our Gift Shop carries all quality cotton t-shirts, hoodies, snacks, alcoholic beverages, Yetis, Xtratufs, souvenirs, and more! Need a razor or toothbrush? Our Housekeeping Team has got you covered for your personal essentials.

Ketchikan has an oceanic climate and experiences mild summers with an average high temperature in August of 65 degrees.

Salmon Falls Resort offers an outdoor wilderness environment in Southeast Alaska. The weather can change quickly. Expect pleasant summer temperatures around 50 to 70 degrees F, with intermittent showers and long hours of sunlight. Although we are set in a natural rainforest, the area rarely draws any mosquitoes.

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