Private Charter Option
Create Your Own Charter
"It's human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice really; it's an imperative."
Ketchikan has an enormous amount of wilderness and maritime activities available. The biggest hurdle our clients face is enjoying as many experiences as they can in the time they have with us. Our Private Charter program is an effort to maximize our guests' efficient use of time in Ketchikan through careful planning, personalization, and realistically managed expectations. On the previous page, we suggest five different charter themes that we've based off previous customer feedback. Normally our guests choose either Fishing Charter, Misty Fjords Sightseeing, Wildlife Viewing, Overnight Camping, or the Cooking Your Catch, then work with our staff to customize it to their particular vision for the day. Don't underestimate our crews ability to help identify what's out there, and help you choose wisely; give us a call .
What is a Private Charter?
With all our Ketchikan area has to offer, it's impossible to provide a quality experience that includes every option in a single day. If you're in town for a while, we suggest that you make a list of everything you want to do, then work with us on scheduling how much time you'd like to dedicate to each activity. If you're in town for a single day, a prioritized list based off one of our existing charter options, along with calling and speaking to us directly, is the best route. If there is something you're interested in that isn't listed here, don't be afraid to ask; we pride ourselves on creating authentic, custom-designed experiences.
Recommended charter features
The options listed below are the most common ideas that Private Charter fishermen have come up with for their day on the water. We've listed "minimum times" to sort of ballpark a time frame that gives us the most chance for success, though there is some overlap. For instance, running to an area with a lot of wildlife to do your salmon fishing might only add an hour to a standard salmon fishing excursion and accomplish multiple goals.
Wildlife Viewing Whale watching | Bear Viewing
.5 - 6 hr. While you can combine wildlife viewing with a fishing trip, taking the extra time to seek out bear, eagles, whales, and other marine mammals can be worth the trip on its own merits.
The Misty Fjords
6 hr. Min. Most everyone that comes to Ketchikan is here for the Misty Fjords or fishing. A private tour of this breathtaking national monument could easily be the high point of your Alaska adventure.
Forest Service Cabin | Exploring Southeast Alaska
Time Varies Spending a few nights at a remote cabin and enjoying exclusive fishing could be your idea of a perfect vacation. We'll handle the logistics while you enjoy your time off the grid.
Cook your Catch
WILDERNESS DINING | PRIVATE DINING | AT SEA
4 or 6 hr. Min. Whether aboard our 30 ft. cabin cruiser, at a private table in the Alaska Fish House, or out at our renowned wilderness campsite, cooking a meal featuring your catch within hours of pulling it out of the water is a rewarding experience.
Depending on your time frame and weather considerations one or a few of the options below can be added to a charter. Let us know what you'd be interested in should conditions permit, and we'll bring along the special gear.
You never know what the Pacific will wash ashore, so planning on an hour for lunch and treasure hunting can be an exciting addition to your day of fishing or sightseeing. Highly recommended for those traveling with their kids.
Crabbing or Shrimping
Head out for fishing or sightseeing, set a pot on the way, pull it up on the way back, and enjoy a shellfish meal at our remote campsite, or the Alaska Fish House..
Fishing for Black Cod
Folks that sportfish for black cod do it out of epicurean passion. The investment in special gear and effort required to locate and land this delicacy isn't easily understood by those that haven't tasted it.
This is a bit of a strange one. If you're into pulling up a particular type of fish just because most people haven't, hopping on a boat for some night squid jigging with local angler William Hink as a personal instructor should be right up your alley.