"Icy Bay Lodge is so remote, few people have ever fished our waters"
Virtually inaccessible to anyone else, Icy Bay Lodge is located 60 miles from the town of Yakutat and any other lodges. We are truly remote and raw Alaska. The only other folks you see all week are other guests from our lodge!
Icy Bay is a body of water in SE Alaska, formed in the last 100 years by the rapid retreat of the Guyot, Yahtse, and Tyndall Glaciers. It is part of the Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park. A century-long glacial retreat has opened a bay more than 30 miles long thus creating one of the finest fisheries in the world.
Nestled in the Saint Elias Mountain Range, the world’s tallest coastal mountain range, Mt. St. Elias climbs an astonishing 18,008 feet out of the ocean creating some of the most spectacular scenery on planet Earth.
More Interesting Facts about our surroundings:
- The City and Borough of Yakutat, the nearest town to Icy Bay Lodge, covers an area 6 times the size of Rhode Island (9,463 square miles), making it one of the largest "counties" in the United States with a population of 662 residents.
- Yakutat at one time had the only railroad in the U.S. built to carry raw fish and that was tidal. It was retired in 1949 and is on display in the park entering town.
- During WWII, the U.S. built a major paved airfield in Yakutat in 1941 as part of a long range defense program. The airfield remains today and serves Alaskan Airline commercial flights.
- The Hubbard Glacier located within the borough, is North America's largest tide-water glacier.
- Mt. St. Elias has an elevation of 18,008 ft (5,489 meters) with a grade of 50-60% on the upper slopes. It is the highest peak in the world so close to tidewater and the 2nd highest peak in the United States making it the 4th highest in all of North America.
- It was first ascended in 1897 (after 8 attempts) and was the first of the giant Alaskan mountains discovered.
- Mt. St. Elias contains the worlds largest non-polar ice fields
- Mt. St. Elias produces the largest single ice field in Alaska, called the Malaspina. Ice spreads from the mountain over 1500 square miles.
- Wrangell-St. Elias which Icy Bay Lodge back up to, is the 2nd largest national park in the United States covering 13.2 million acres, of which, 5 million are permanently covered with snow and ice.
National Geographic labeled Icy Bay one of the 10 treasures of the world!
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