Trip Planning

Planning your trip

Since there are no roads into Yakutat most visitors arrive by air. The village is also served by the Alaska ferry system, but the schedule is not conducive to those with limited travel time (Check with the Alaska Marine Highway online for detailed information). Unlike many rural Alaskan destinations, the great air service schedule offered by Alaska Airlines 737s makes it easy to reach Yakutat & to get back home after your stay & bring along any processed fish as baggage.

Alaska Airlines serves Yakutat with two daily flights on Boeing 737s. Yakutat is the smallest village with this level of customer service and quality jet service.

Flight #61 leaves from Seattle in the morning and arrives in Yakutat after a stop in Juneau just before lunch.

Flight#66 routes from Anchorage in mid-afternoon arriving in Yakutat after a stop in Cordova in late afternoon. Routing through Anchorage will often allow travelers coming from further away than Washington State to arrive in Yakutat with only one day of travel. However, travelers who arrive on the early flight and/or leave on the late flight gain time for more fishing or exploring the area.

Yakutat is a perfect add-on to your Alaskan experience. Fly into Anchorage, rent a motor home to tour the interior or the Kenai Peninsula, then stop in Yakutat on the way home. Or take a cruise ship north & route home through Yakutat. Call the lodge & the manager will help you plan your Alaskan adventure.

Boat mooring is usually available for anyone traveling to Yakutat by boat. Call for mooring rates.

What to Bring

  • checkmark Clothing – You will be most comfortable for your visit to Yakutat if you plan on dressing in layers. Raingear is a must along with either technical fabrics or wool to layer under the raingear. Bring along footwear appropriate to your planned activities, usually rain boots, chest waders-imperative if fishing the river (no felt soles allowed), & hiking boots.
  • checkmark Fishing Tackle – Bring your own rod with reel for fishing on your own or with river guides. Halibut captains supply the heavy duty rods & reels that will be required for charter fishing. Terminal tackle may be purchased at the lodge, as well as three other stores in Yakutat, including a fly shop. Once you arrive you will be able to find out what is ‘hot’ and buy it locally. For use when renting our ocean skiffs, we have a good supply of appropriate rods & reels complete with proper line for halibut fishing as well as trolling for salmon. We are also stocked on excellent quality herring in thee size that works best for fishing the bay in Yakutat & make sure we always have a supply of tackle for these excursions.
  • checkmark Food – Plan the meals for your stay & bring along the meats (don’t forget breakfast protein & lunch meats) & seasonings you will need (small amounts of spices and coatings can be put into baggies for easy transport). Meat selection in town is limited, pricey, all is frozen. Depending upon your baggage space, bring along the stable foods that tend to be more expensive such as jerky, cheeses, snack foods, etc. With the restrictions & costs involved with baggage today, buying much of your other food needs in Yakutat is sensible while being greatly appreciated by the Yakutat population. This is especially true for eggs, milk, bread, & even produce. Other than beer, alcohol can be another good item to bring along.

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Leonard's Landing Lodge is the choice for accommodations in Yakutat, Alaska. We offer Waterfront Cabins and Duplexes. Large units for family gatherings or groups of friends and Lodge sleeping rooms for the budget conscious. With professional fish processing and flash freezers, your catch is safely boxed for the flight home. Leonard's also offers rental boats, both freshwater and ocean. We have kayaks on-site to paddle the bay. The views are second to none! You will find everything you need to have an amazing Alaska experience at Leonard's Landing Lodge.!

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Leonard's Lodge is a customer service oriented fishing lodge. They always go out of their way to assure that guests are set up with their requested guided tours, are comfortable with required in suite needs, and of course that the fish cleaning, and packaging is done per requests. I look forward to our visit every year and always leave thoroughly satisfied.

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Outstanding halibut and salmon fishing. Our waterfront cabin looks out at Yakutat Bay with the sunset in the distance. The fishing was excellent! Some days with limits of 6 coho salmon in the Bay. Some days with 80 pound halibut plus limits of ling cod.

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I have been fishing Alaska for over 30 years and Leonard’s Landing Lodge is the most authentic Alaska adventure you can have. The accommodations are great. Julie and staff are wonderful and eagerly assist you for all your adventures. Fishing, sight seeing, and hiking are some of the great things you can do. The area is absolutely beautiful. Don’t miss the Hubbard glacier. Can’t rate it high enough.

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If you want a consistent relaxing home base to explore from this is it. The dock is feet away if you are hiring ocean charters or renting a boat yourself. They clean, package and flash freeze your fish for a fair price too. Access to the Situk River top and bottom is close minutes away if you rentad a car too. Lenord's staff is accommodating, the rooms are clean and well kept.