The Place Where Canoes Rest
The name Yakutat comes from the Tlingit “Yaakwdáat,”, meaning “the place where canoes rest.” Visitors come here to fish, hunt, surf, kayak, and bird watch as well as explore the coast. Situated on the Gulf of Alaska, northwest of Glacier Bay National Park, Yakutat is just a short plane ride from Juneau International Airport. This town of 4,000 residents boasts a wealth of outfitters, inns, shops and an annual Fairweather Festival complete with smoked salmon contests and a fish head toss. Yakutat also hosts the annual Yakutat Tern Festival, which highlights the exceptional bird watching opportunities in the area during the spring migration. The Yakutat area is also home to some of the largest mountains and glaciers in the state of Alaska. The Hubbard Glacier is a short boat ride from town and is the largest tidewater glacier in the world. The face of the Hubbard Glacier is five miles wide and 300 feet above the water and actively calves apartment-size pillars of ice into the ocean. Mount Saint Elias can be seen in the distance. At over 18,000 feet, it is the largest coastal mountain in the world. Brown bears, moose and wolves are some of the large mammals to be seen on land, while whales, sea lions, seals and porpoise can be viewed just offshore. Both river and ocean fishing opportunities are plentiful in Yakutat, with all five species of Pacific salmon returning to nearby rivers and streams. The area also features the state’s largest steelhead run.
Five species of salmon, as well as steelhead trout, halibut, rockfish and cod are all abundant in Yakutat.
Take a tour to see the Hubbard Glacier — the largest tidewater glacier in the world.
Yakutat offers excellent hunting camps, guides and outfitters. Hunts include grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, moose, mountain goat and waterfowl.
CULTURE & EVENTS
Yakutat has a rich history of many native cultures and languages, including Eyak, Tlingit and Chugach Eskimo. Yakutat has two annual festivals — the Tern Festival and the Fair Weather Festival.
Yakutat offers world-class surfing on uncrowded breaks for those willing to brave the cool waters of Alaska.
All five species of Alaskan salmon are found in Yakutat: king, chum, pink, coho, and sockeye. Peak fishing season for salmon is ranges from May through September, depending on the species, although king salmon can be caught year-round.
Brown bears are abundant in Yakutat and can be seen on bear-viewing tours and excursions. They feed on salmon that are abundant in the nearby rivers.
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Plan your Trip
The Blue Heron Inn — Bed and breakfast vacation rentals, river boat rentals, hunting and fishing trips.
- P.O. Box 254 / Yakutat, AK 99689
Glacier Bear Lodge — Seasonal fishing lodge open from April 1st to October 31st. Steelhead, sockeye, pink fishing, as well as silver and ocean fishing available. Full service dining room and bar on premises.
Leonard's Landing Lodge, Inc. — Leonard's Landing Lodge is known for waterfront cabins with kitchens and now has a full kitchen for use by our hotel room guests as well. The Lodge also offers boat rentals, professional fish processing and gift/tackle shop available to all Yakutat visitors.
Mountain Flying Service — We offer Glacier Bay flight seeing, air taxi and remote drop offs by ski plane and tundra tires.
Mountain Travel Sobek/ Alaska Discovery — Fully supported expeditions kayaking Alaska's shorelines and rafting Alaska's rivers. Lodge based tours that visit wildlife hotspots and day hiking in southeast Alaska and Denali National Park.
O.A.R.S. — O.A.R.S. pioneered rafting and adventure travel to some of the most remote and wild regions of Alaska. "On a 1977 Tatshenshini River trip I witnessed a vastness even greater in magnitude than the Grand Canyon" said O.A.R.S. President & Founder, George Wendt. "I knew immediately it was a place we needed to share with others." The experience of traveling 150 miles through territory utterly untouched by human development helped galvanize George's conservation zeal and fostered a dream of his to share such wild places, as well as preserve and protect them, for future generations. To date, O.A.R.S. has guided more than 500,000 travelers down some of the most legendary liquid pathways on Earth.
Yakutat Outfitters — Fresh water fishing guide for steelhead, king, sockeye, coho and trout.
- P.O. Box 284 / Yakutat, AK 99689
Yakutat Tern Festival — Festival celebrating Aleutian terns and the extraordinary natural and cultural resources of Yakutat.
Yakutat Birding Information — The U.S. Forest Service has extensive information on birding in Yakutat on their website.
Yakutat Trip Planning — The U.S. Forest Service has extensive information for planning your trip to Yakutat and the Situk River on their website.