There is perhaps no other destination in Alaska or perhaps anywhere on earth where so many non-angling activities are offered and organized. Baranof Wilderness Lodge is a true family oriented operation, offering dozens of professionally guided tours, excursions, and activities. BWL is set up to accommodate the youngest of children as well as the older generations of folks interested in witnessing this incredible wilderness.
The Inside Passage of Southeastern Alaska is home to a vast array of marine wildlife found nowhere else. Humpback whales, killer whales, dolphins, sea lions, Dalls Porpoise, bald eagles, brown bears, Sitka Deer and harbor seals are truly a part of the daily routine.
Guests can take hikes, soak in the nearby hot springs, enjoy sea kayaking, clam digging, beach combing, picking the crab pots, exploring waterfalls and the rainforest, or simply laying around the lodge. Their program is set up to accommodate everyone of all interests with total flexibility.
*Make sure to inquire about the set dates for one of the lodge’s Naturalist Intensive Weeks.
Here are a few of their half and full day activity selections:
Cruise to Yasha Island Take a cruise across Chatham Strait where you can view whales such as humpbacks, orcas, and Dalls Porpoise. Observe harbor seals or stellar sea lions in their natural habitat – a rookery of over 200 animals!
HIKE TO SADIE OR BARANOF LAKE
Walk though the plush ferns and hemlocks on a boardwalk trail to Baranof Lake where you can view endless cascading waterfalls and pick fresh mountain berries. If you prefer a more intensive hike, try the hike to Sadie Lake where you’ll pass ponds full of lilly pads and families of Red-Throated Loons.
KAYAK TO TIDEPOOLS
Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you can be on your way to one of the most unique tide pools in the Pacific Northwest, via one of the lodge’s sea kayaks. Tide pools are the jewelry boxes of the sea, decorated with brightly colored sea stars, hermit crabs, sea anemones, and treasures of all sorts waiting to be discovered.
RAIN FOREST EXPLORATION
Explore the pristine ancient rain forest environment bursting with old growth life as centuries of moss cushion your every step. Experience walking in protected woodlands where few human steps have ever been made.
FRESHWATER CREEK/BEAR AND EAGLE OBSERVATIONS
Brown bears flourish on the salmon charging the streams to begin their spawn. Bald eagles soar above as you witness the powerful mammals, birds, and fish that make the food chain come alive.