Yakutat Wildlife Viewing

Contact us to learn more about planning your wildlife viewing adventures as part of your Yakutat visit.

Coastal brown bears and black bears are commonly seen throughout the Yakutat area. They are most often found near their sources of food, fishing along rivers and shorelines, and roaming trails for fresh berries. Remember that they are wild animals and keep your distance, especially around females with cubs. We are happy to loan you some bear spray if you are going on a hike to ensure your safety on your adventure.

Moose also frequent the Yakutat area. They tend to like meadows and boggy areas and can often be seen from the road. Please drive carefully if you come across a moose, they are much bigger than you might think! Cow moose with calves can be even more aggressive than bears, so never get too close.

Yakutat’s mild, wet climate and diverse landscape consisting of marshes, shrub lands, rivers, and deep-water fjords is surrounded by coastal mountains, ice fields, and thick rainforest providing an excellent environment for booming populations of wildlife  both on land and in the water. This region boasts the largest population of bald eagles in the world, housed in the nation’s largest forest – the Tongass National Forest.

Whales, sea otters, seals, sea lions, seabirds and porpoise are common sights just a short boat ride from the lodge. These animals live in and migrate through Southeast Alaskan waters.

The Yakutat area is world-renowned for its Spring and Fall Steelhead run in the Situk River, along with an excellent run of Sockeye salmon in the Summer and Silvers in the Fall.

One of the largest nesting sites for arctic and Aleutian terns is also found here, and the Yakutat Nature Society celebrates these impressive aerialists along with Yakutat’s other natural and cultural resources during the annual Yakutat Tern Festival. You can see more about this festival and how it may fit into your trip at www.yakutatternfestival.org.

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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.