Our Lodge

Getting Here

Flight and Hotel Assistance

You will want to pack light - usually a duffel bag with a change or two of clothes. .. we do your laundry as needed. Why do we do this? The less you bring, the more fish you can take back with you! If you carry on just one bag you can check two boxes of fish for the return flight home.

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Getting to Elfin cove will first require you to fly into Juneau, Alaska’s capitol city. You are welcome to make reservations through your own travel agent or if you’d like you can use our local travel agency listed below.

Once in Juneau you will meet your float plane pilots and other guests making their way to Elfin Cove for their own vacation of a lifetime. You will board one of Ward Air’s aircraft and once ready to go, will take off for an 85 mile flight west over the icy straights of Southeast Alaska..

On this 45 minute scenic journey keep your eyes peeled - whales, eagles, bears and other Alaskan wildlife are common place on this short hop on your way to our very own fishing paradise.

Approaching Elfin Cove you will enter a different world where the only highway is a wooden planked boardwalk around our small fishing community. No cars, no pavement, no rush hour gridlock - just a village located in some of the best fishing grounds in all of Alaska.

Our Fleet

Because you’ll be spending the lion’s share of your fishing vacation aboard our boats we take great pride in our fleet. Not only do all or our boats meet or surpass all U.S. Coast Guard regulations but they are the pride of Elfin Cove.

Our boats are clean, comfortable and spacious, and every boat is even equipped with private restroom facilities. Each boat also features a spacious cabin where it’s warm and dry regardless of the weather outside.

Our vessels are outfitted with top of the line fishing tackle and state of the art electronics which aid in locating the best fishing fast.Speaking of fast - our boats are the fastest around which cuts our longest ride to prime fishing waters to just 45 minutes!

It should go without saying that when you fish in Alaska you should be aboard a safe, comfortable boat that meets and exceeds your expectations. We’re proud to say each boat in our fleet does that, and more.

The Eagle Charters Fleet consists of three 34-foot catamaran type boats offering a stable ride and sound fishing platform. The “Eagle Claw”, “Eagle Eye” “and Noble Eagle” are powered by twin diesel engines that provide cruising speeds over 25 knots.

Our forth boat, “Eagle Vision” is a 36 foot catamaran which cruises comfortably at 30 knots. They are some of the safest boats on the water today and cut through chop efficiently giving a smoother ride.

Accommodations

Eagle Charters Lodge & Cross Sound Lodge

Located right on the board walk in Elfin Cove, our lodges offer private rooms and wonderful comforts you don't often find on fishing trips like this!

Great Room

After a long day's fishing, most of our guests like to take some time to relax and rest their wrist after a long hard day of reeling in the big ones.

Our great room area is perfect for this offering a cozy setting where you can talk about the big one you landed or kick back and watch one of our many videos from our movie library.

We also offer satellite TV as well as numerous card and board games in addition to Elfin Cove’s other activities to keep you relaxed and having fun.

Wi-Fi Internet Access

Eagle Charters now offers it’s clients Wi-Fi access. We know you come here to get away from everything back home but if needed this convenience is here for our guests free of charge.

Dining Area

Hungry? We have a great cook who will prepare many incredible dishes for your every morning and evening. The food at Eagle Charters is the best in Elfin Cove and be sure to let us know if you have any special dietary issues when booking so we can accommodate your needs.

Guest Rooms

Each bedroom offers shared accommodations for you and your friends… Each room has it’s own shower equipped bathroom so although you are in the rugged wilderness of Alaska, you won't want for the conveniences of home.

With daily maid service and on site laundry, let us take care of the details while you concentrate on the fishing vacation of a lifetime.

Gift Shop

Eagle Charters has its own gift shop where you are welcome to browse for just the perfect souvenirs to make the ones you left at home as jealous as possible. You can take your treasures with you or shipping is available.

From Catch to Plane

People often ask us what happens with all the fish you catch every day…

Every night your catch is filleted and packed in airtight bags before being frozen on-site.

Extreme care is taken in filleting, cleaning, bagging and freezing your fish each night. Our packages are designed to go from freezer to your favorite recipe with only a simple rinsing.

At the end of your trip, special waxed boxes are packed with approximately 50 lbs of fish. These special boxes can be checked as luggage with the airline and are designed to keep your fish frozen for many hours after you leave Elfin Cove. Thus, allowing you to get home with still frozen fish, ready for your own freezer.

Fishing

Halibut

We will be the first to admit that Elfin Cove won’t show up on anyones top 10 places to fish for halibut. Which is just fine with us. We would prefer to keep the incredible halibut fishing as our little secret. At least for now.

The waters we fish are rich with baitfish and other aquatic sea life that allow our halibut to grow large. You will find calm waters most days and a lot of bent rods. We fish in waters that average 200ft and the tidal exchange is relatively calm. You won’t find us double anchored in a 20ft tidal exchange. Instead, our captains work hard to find the best and calmest waters which has helped us build a reputation for consistently putting our clients on big fish.

When we say it’s not uncommon to catch halibut the size of barn doors we are serious. Our professional guides are season veterans in the waters of Cross Sound and Icy Strait. They know the halibut holes better than anyone, and that is backed up by consistently putting our clients on big fish. And lots of them too. If you are after a 100 pounder, no problem. A 200 pounder? That’s doable. So is a 300 pounder. A 400 pounder? Not so fast. How does 386 pounds sound? That’s our lodge record. Oh yeah, if you want to catch a bunch of 20-50 pounders (we call them chickens) we can do that too. The point is, we have the halibut fishing dialed in and there are not many places that can claim that.

Salmon

Calm waters. Incredible scenery. Countless salmon migrating through Cross Sound and Icy Strait. Limits. Smiles. It’s hard to conjure up a better place to fish for Pacific salmon. In fact, we challenge you to try it. We are pretty confident that you will not find a better place.

As salmon migrate from places like the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska they will pass through Icy Strait and Cross Sound where they will continue to feed on the abundant supply of baitfish. Our captains know the travel lanes the salmon take, and they know how to expertly fish these waters. Aboard our stable and comfortable boats you will troll or mooch for salmon depending on the conditions. Trolling with the use of downriggers is very common and quite effective. If the opportunity presents itself you can mooch where the bites are fast and furious.

The vast majority of waters we fish are relatively calm. In other areas you can get some tide swings up to 24 feet, but here in Elfin Cove the average tidal range is 8.6 feet. This means you are much less likely to experience sea sickness. We pride ourselves in fishing calm waters.

Our salmon season begins in May and lasts through September. King salmon average 30 pounds and weigh upwards of 60 pounds (the lodge record is 62 pounds!). Coho salmon, also called silvers, average 10 pounds and can weigh up to 20 pounds. When they are running you can catch pink salmon until you grow tired of catching them. When all is said and done we are confident you will agree Elfin Cove offers the best salmon fishing throughout Alaska.

Sharks & Bottomfish

There is something to be said for hooking a fish that is as big as your sofa. Enter the increasingly popular salmon shark, which has been know to stretch upwards of 8 feet long. .

Southeast Alaska’s salmon shark population is estimated at around 2 million and it continues to grow annually. The waters in and around Elfin Cove have some of the highest concentrations due to the high population of salmon. Salmon sharks can reach speeds up to 60mph. Imagine trying to land a fish that big with that much power. Let’s just say it takes big game fishing to another level, which is why more and more of our customers are requesting to fish for salmon sharks. Our crew has become proficient in fishing for them. They know their feeding habits, where they can be found throughout the year, and how to catch them. We use heavy duty tackle, fighting belts, and big baits to tame these beasts.

Speaking of big, you will be happy to know that the waters we fish are heavily populated with a variety of bottom/rockfish, including world class ling cod, monster yellow eye, sea bass, and a variety of other species. It is fairly common for our guests to catch a limit of salmon or halibut then spend a couple hours jigging for bottom fish. It is not uncommon to catch ling cod that are 3 or 4 feet long, a yellow eye that weighs over 10 pounds (lodge record is 22 pounds!), and a limit of sea bass in a matter of hours. This makes an excellent way to end the day on the water. Also, these are some of the best eating fish in Alaska.

Cross Sound Lodge

Perched on one of Elfin Cove’s tallest hills, Cross Sound Lodge looks out on the small harbor, the town’s boardwalk, fishing boats and shops. It is rich, yet homey at the same time. We like to say it’s the perfect place to spend a week fishing.

Cross sound Lodge is as comfortable as any place you will find in Elfin Cove. The rooms are spacious, the beds are comfortable and each room has it’s own bathroom and shower. After you return from a day of catching fish you will find your bed made, your room cleaned and any clothes you need washed will be folded and ready for the evening. We go to great lengths to make sure your every need is cared for.

Your morning starts with a chef prepared breakfast, followed by snacks and lunch on the water. Return to the lodge for hor d’oeuvres, followed by dinner in our large dining area. Salmon, halibut, dungeness crab and prime rib are just a taste of what to expect here at Cross Sound Lodge. If that isn’t enough, dinner is always followed by a tasty dessert so be sure to save room.

Eagle Charters Lodge

Unlike other fishing lodges in Elfin Cove, the Eagle Charters lodge is located along the boardwalk near the back of the cove. This provides a unique secluded atmosphere that goes hand in hand with the exclusivity of Eagle Charters. The lodge has a maximum capacity of ten to twelve people making it feel like home for you and your family or friends. With big lodges being the norm in Southeast Alaska, Eagle Charters lodge dares to be different to provide a much more personal experience to ensure you don’t feel like just “one of the crowd.”

Here at Eagle Charters we offer private, comfortable rooms with your own bathroom and shower. We go to great lengths to ensure your stay is everything you would expect it to be. We have clean and comfortable beds with daily maid and laundry services.

Each morning you will start your day with a big breakfast and you will eat lunch on the boat. After spending your day on the water return to the lodge for hor d’oeuvres in our dining area. Happy hour is followed by a hardy and tasty dinner. Served family style, dinner consists of a fish dish prepared using our own recipes, which we gladly send home with you. If you would prefer to eat something other than seafood you will have the choice of a non-fish alternative each night. Dinner is followed by a scrumptious desert. The package of great food wonderful company and excellent fishing makes for a unique and memorable Alaskan adventure.

Recipes

Sweet and Sour Halibut

  • Pansy’s Sweet and Sour Fish ------- Great?
  • 2# thick fish fillets such as halibut or cod
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • oil for frying
  • Batter
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ corn Starch
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. banking soda
  • 1 ½ cups cold water
  • Sweeter and Sour Sauce
  • 1 ½ cups liquid (pineapple juice and water)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 T. Cornstarch
  • 6 T. Vinegar
  • 6 T. Catsup
  • Garnish
  • 1 #2 can pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 lg. tomato
  • 1 lg. green pepper
  • Toasted sesame seeds

Wash and dry fish fillets. Bone the fillets and cut into 1 inch chunks. Sprinkle with sale and set aside. Heat up oil in deep fry pan, wok or deep fryer to 375 while you prepare the batter sauce and garnish. Prepare batter by mixing flour, cornstarch, baking powder, soda and cold water together in a bowl. This is a fairly think batter. Set aside. (For Sauce) drain the juice off the pineapple chunks used in the garnish. Add water to the juice to make 1 ½ cups. Combine sugar and cornstarch. Blend in vinegar and catsup. Stir

In pineapple liquid. Cook, stirring until thickened and clear. Keep sauce in double broiler till needed. Prepare the garnish by cutting the tomato and green pepper into bite size chunks.

2015 Eagle Charters' Rates and Calendar Call for early bird and returning customer rates

Adventure Package Dates

  • May 15-17
  • May 22-24
  • May 23-25
  • May 29-31
  • June 5-7
  • June 12-14
  • June 19-21
  • June 26-28
  • July 3-5
  • July 10-12
  • July 17-19
  • July 24-26
  • July 31- Aug 2
  • Aug 7-9
  • Aug 14-16
  • Aug 21 - 23
  • Aug 28-30
  • Sept 4-6
  • Sept 11-13

Frontiersman Package

  • May 17-22
  • May 24-29
  • May 31- June 5
  • June 7-12
  • June 14-19
  • June 21-26
  • June 28-July 3
  • July 5-10
  • July 12-17
  • July 19-24
  • July 26-31
  • Aug 2-7
  • Aug 9-14
  • Aug 16-21
  • Aug 23-28
  • Aug 30-Sept 4
  • Sept 6-10

Expedition Package

  • May 10-17
  • May 17-24
  • May 24-31
  • May 31-June 7
  • June 7-14
  • June 14-21
  • June 21-28
  • June 28-July 5
  • July 5-12
  • July 12-19
  • July 19-26
  • July 26-Aug 2
  • Aug 2-9
  • Aug 9-16
  • Aug 16-23
  • Aug 23-30
  • Aug 30 - Sept 6
  • Sept 6-13

Adventure Package

  • Arrive Thursday , Depart Saturday
  • $3,295 per person
  • *Adventure Pkg. requires one nights stay in
  • Juneau, at your expense. Departs to Elfin Cove
  • at 7:00am via floatplane.
  • When is the best time to come

Frontiersman Package

  • 4 Days / 5 nights
  • Arrive Saturday , Depart Thursday
  • $4,295 per person

Expedition Package

  • 7 Days / 7 Nights
  • Arrive Saturday , Depart Saturday
  • $5,295 per person
  • Rates are subject to Change.
  • Planning your Trip

Rates Include:

Roundtrip floatplane from Juneau to Elfin Cove, Professional Guided Fishing on modern fast boats, Raingear usage, Double Occupancy Lodging, All Meals and Non-Alcoholic Beverages, All Bait, Lures and Fishing tackle, Fish Processing, Laundry Service (not including dry cleaning), Satellite Television in Lodge’s Great Room, Infrared Sauna, Kayaks, Free Wi-Fi and other various Lodge Amenities.

Rates do not include:

Travel to and from Juneau, Any necessary accommodations in Juneau, Alaska Fishing License (available at Lodge or online at Alaska Department of Fish and Game.) click here for information about reaching us Hotel in Juneau Alaska Fishing License (available at Lodge for $30) Alaska Department of Fish and Game Reeling in your fish

We’re Here to Help…
Call us Toll Free at 888-828-1970 and we’ll be happy to help play your trip. At the time of your booking we require a $1,000 non-refundable deposit per person. The balance is payable when you arrive at the Eagle Charters Lodge in Elfin Cove. For your convenience we accept MasterCard, Visa, Check and Cash.

What if I need to cancel my trip after paying the deposit?

Since space in our lodge is at a premium and the fishing season is limited we may have turned away other guests due to your reservation. As such, if you cannot meet your scheduled date for any reason we will try to reschedule your trip during the current season if at all possible - if you absolutely cannot make any of the remaining dates during the current season we will move your trip to next year's season. Also, your trip can be transferred to family, friends, or anyone else you desire … just let us know.

Eagle Charters & Lodge Contact Information

Website : Eagle Charters

Summer Address

Eagle Charters & Lodge
P.O. Box 77
Elfin Cove Alaska 99825
(Toll Free Tel) 888-828-1970
Email : jkulavik@eaglecharters.com

Winter Address

Eagle Charters & Lodge
7419 NE 14th Street
Vancouver, Washington 98664
(Toll Free Tel) 888-828-1970

Eagle Charters & Lodge

is owned and operated by
Joe and Marilyn Kulavik.

Planning the timing of your trip

If you are planning a trip to Elfin Cove start by looking at when would be the best time to come. The fishing season is from May to September but different times of the year produce different kinds of catches.

Please call for information on local take home limits on each species.

Elfin Cove Alaska A wilderness frontier and fishing paradise

Welcome to Elfin Cove

Tucked away in a small harbor on the north end of Chicagof Island in southeast Alaska, Elfin Cove is your home away from home for however long you plan to visit… and what a place to visit.

Just outside the protected harbor the true Alaskan experience unfolds. You’ll pass through Cross Sound and Icy Straight passing the rugged coastline of Chicagof Island which features miles of coastal beaches, deep fjords, tidewater glaciers and wind-swept shorelines.

Each serves as a reminder that you are in a wild area where you are as likely to see a eagle soaring in the skies above or a whale surfacing, as you are to see another human being.

Eagle Charters is a premier fishing lodge located in the unspoiled waters of Elfin Cove, AK. Located in some of Alaska’s best fishing grounds you will be treated to a trip of a life time with our first class fishing experience. We offer giant halibut and multiple varieties of salmon throughout our fishing season.

This flask shaped harbor has no roads – just a one mile boardwalk, used by locals and visitors alike, which connects one side of our cove to the other. Located 85 air miles from Juneau we are only accessible by float plane or boat.

Once here you will find a quiet little village consisting of a handful of buildings including a post office, liquor store, and a general store.

Fewer than 25 people call this quaint Alaskan outpost home year round but during summer when the salmon are running and the halibut are gorging themselves our population swells to over 200.

People come to Elfin Cove for one reason – to enjoy the splendor of this area. Not only are the fish abundant but you’ll find the area to be like no other.

Nearby Glacier Bay National Park boasts snow-capped mountains rising over 15,000 feet and glacial fields that slope down into the icy blue waters.

The Fair Weather Mountains and Brady Glacier help to make this truly a special place and once you throw in our abundance of wildlife and out-of-this-world fishing and you’ll soon see for yourself why our guests return year after year.

Other Activates in Elfin Cove

All fished out? Not in the mood for a movie or the book you brought from home? Aside from fishing and the amities inside the Lodge, Elfin Cove offers a number of other enjoyable activities.

Kayaking

At Eagle Charters we want you to have the time of your life. If you don’t want to go out on the fishing boats, yet still want to spend time on the water we have two top of the line Tarpon 140 Kayaks available for self guided tours.

Hot Tub

A new five person hot tub went into service starting with the 2008 fishing season. Relax and unwind, or simply warm up from the cold Alaskan temperatures!

Sauna

A three to four person dry sauna is available to take the chill out after a long day on the water.

Hiking

Though rugged terrain lurks ahead, proper footwear will help you enjoy a number of sights not found back home

Wildlife Viewing

A wide variety of wildlife can be see in and around Elfin Cove. From our nation's symbol - the majestic and powerful bald eagle - to bears and a who’s who of aquatic life. With a little patience a myriad of Alaska’s best wildlife including whales, sea lions, playful otters and the occasional orca presents itself to you - don‘t forget your camera.

Local Bar

Thirsty for an adult beverage or a game of pool? Coho’s Bar and Grill can deliver both with a short walk from our front door to theirs.

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FAQ

What kind of fish do you catch at Elfin Cove ?

Typically we catch King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Chum Salmon, Pacific Halibut, Lingcod and Rockfish

When is the best time to fish at Elfin ?

That depends upon the species of fish you're after. The following charts should give you a good idea of the best times for each species.

Click Here for Fish Chart

What weather conditions should I expect ?

Elfin Cove Weather is variable. Each day you may find many different climates.

What is the current weather at Elfin Cove ?

Please check http://www.weather.com

Where is Elfin Cove, Alaska ?

Elfin Cove is located in Southeastern Alaska, near the city of Juneau and Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

Do I need to bring my own fishing equipment ?

No, we provide all the rods, reels, bait, lures and other related equipment. If you choose to bring your own gear it is at your own risk and will limit space for your returning catch.

What are the water conditions like?

Elfin cove is located in very protected waters. We have access to inland waters and ocean waters. We do not typically receive large swells. We also use large heavy catamaran style boats which are very stable in the water. If you still feel uncomfortable about getting sea sick, a new sea sick medication used by the U.S. Coast Guard is now available, and we have seen it work well with many customers. Call your Doctor to check if you can use this drug. It is called Scopolamine Hydrobromide 0.4 also known as scopace. This not a patch, it is a one a day pill with no tiredness associated with it as a side effect. It hasn't failed us yet. You can google scopace for more info.

What kind of clothing do I need to pack ?

We provide raingear for you. Otherwise, plan on the temperature ranging between 45 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The months between May and September being more towards 65 degrees with the occassional 70 degree day.

How much clothing should I pack ?

Please pack lightly. One change of clothes is usually enough and we will do your laundry as necessary. Your packing light and our top notch guest service make it easier on you to return home with fish rather than a checked bag of dirty clothes.

Do you have laundry facilities ?

Yes, our staff will be happy to wash and dry your clothes for you and deliver them to your room.

Do you have hair dryers and irons available for lodge guests ?

Yes.

I have specific dietary restrictions. Can your kitchen staff accommodate my diet ?

Please call our toll free number or email us to let us know your specific requirements. We'll do our best to provide the required diet, if within reason.

I'm coming to Elfin cove with a guest that doesn't fish, do they pay the same rate as those who go fishing ?

We have discounted rates for non-fishing guests. Please let us know when you make your reservations.

What is the Guest-to-Guide ratio ?

We provide 1 professional guide for every 4 guests. This is a common ratio for the industry.

How much fish can I expect to take home ?

It depends on how many days you'll be fishing with us:.

  • 7 days : 3 boxes
  • 4 days : 2 boxes
  • 2 days : 1 box
  • Each box weighs about 50lbs, so you can see why we recommend packing lightly.

How do I make a reservation with Eagle Charters ?

Call us Toll Free at 888-828-1970 and we’ll be happy to help plan your trip. At the time of your booking we require a $1,000 non-refundable deposit per person. The balance is payable when you arrive at the Eagle Charters Lodge in Elfin Cove. For your convenience we accept MasterCard, Visa, Check and Cash.

What if I need to cancel my trip after paying the deposit ?

Since space in our lodge is at a premium and the fishing season is limited, we may have turned away other guests due to your reservation. As such, if you cannot meet your scheduled date for any reason we will try to reschedule your trip during the current season if at all possible. If you absolutely cannot make any of the remaining dates during the current season we will move your trip to next year's season. Also, your trip can be transferred to family, friends, or anyone else you desire … just let us know.

I want to stay overnight in Juneau, do you have any recommendations as to where I should stay ?

We recommend the Juneau Airport Travelodge Hotel ( 800-578-7878) and the Frontier Suites Airport Hotel ( 800-544-2250 ). Both of these fine establishments provide walk-in freezer storage for your boxed fish. Also, if you tell the reservation clerk you're on an Eagle Charter's vacation, you'll receive a discount on your room.

Which Airlines fly into Juneau ?

The only airline that flies into Juneau is Alaska Airlines. You can reach Alaska Airlines at 800-252-7522 or on the web at Alaska Airlines.

2015 Trade Show Schedule

Show Location Dates Show Manager
Sacramento, CA Jan 8-11 Joe Kulavik
Portland Boat Show Jan 7-11 Mike Leboki
Portland, OR Feb 4-8 Joe Kulavik
Phoenix Feb 19-22 Joe Kulavik
Fred Hall, Long Beach March 4-8 Joe Kulavik
Salt Lake City March 12-15 Joe Kulavik
Puyallup, WA Jan 21-25 Joe Kulavik

Make an appointment at the show to talk to us, please call 888-828-1970

Eagle Charters Contact Information