Tok River Outfitters, est. 1962,with 40-plus years experience navigatingthe northern waters of Alaska's InsidePassage, and20-plus years charter fishing Icy Strait and its environs,is now offering Icy Strait Halibut and Salmon Fishing Charters,Whale Watching, and Marine Nature Tours.For daily rates, multi-day packages, and availability:
Who We Are: Providing quality Alaska wilderness adventure since it’s inception in 1962, Tok River Outfitters offers world-class salmon and halibut fishing, whale watching, and marine wildlife tours. Operating out of our home port of Hoonah, Alaska, we are a family owned and operated guiding service.
Our Credentials: Our captain, Chris Erickson, a lifetime Alaskan with over twenty years experience charter fishing the waters of Icy Strait and the northern half of the Alexander Archipelago, holds a 1994 vintage United States Coast Guard issued Captain’s License, Master Inland or Mate Near Coastal, for Inspected Passenger Vessels of up to 100 Gross Tons.Captain Chris began guiding professionally in 1974, when he received his first Assistant’s license as issued by the State of Alaska.
Our Vessel: We have this year replaced our beloved Icy Lady, a very roomy and comfortable (but slow; her top speed was 8 knots) 45’ yacht, with a 2015 32’ North River Seahawk O/S power boat. A safe and dry-riding fishing machine, North River boats have long been praised for their toughness, durability, and stability in rough water. Custom built to our specifications, our new vessel features a spacious heated cabin with seating for six, a full-size walk-in head, 12-plus feet of rear deck with surrounding safety rails for fishing and wildlife observation, and is equipped with all required safety equipment.
Whale Watching and Marine Nature Tours: Conventional wisdom is that Point Adolphus and the surrounding waters of Icy Strait are by far the pre-eminent destination for observation of the acrobatically inclined Humpback Whale. Orca (the Killer Whale), Dall's porpoise, the Stellar sea lion, and an abundance of sea and shore birds are also present and often seen during these excursions. You may also have opportunity to see the occasional brown bear foraging along the surrounding beaches.
Our Marine Nature Tours tend to focus more on near-shore and shoreline wildlife and the various shore and seabirds. The ubiquitous Alaskan brown bear is often seen working the shoreline and the mouths of freshwater streams during these excursions.Good optics (binoculars, camera, etc.) are recommended equipment.
Important: Whale Watching and Marine Nature Tours are of 3.5 hours duration. A minimum of four persons is required to reserve a booking. We hope to have six passengers on all our Whale and Marine tours. You may expect to share the boat with others if your group size is less than six.
For All Day-Rate Offerings: While we typically have a bit of bottled water and a few snacks on board, we do recommend that guests bring their own snacks and beverages.
Fishing: Tok River Outfitters operates largely in the waters of Icy Strait, long renowned for excellent saltwater fishing. We offer 3.5, 5.5, and 7 hour trips for salmon and halibut. A minimum of three persons, minimum 12 years of age, is required to reserve a Day-rate fishing reservation. A flat-rate fee is applied to Multi-day reservations. While it is notfeasible to fish both species during the half-day 3.5 hour trip, we will, at additional charge to you, combine halibut and salmon fishing during trips of 5.5 and 7 hours duration.
We will clean and fillet your catch. We do not process and ship fish. Fish processing (vacuum sealing, packaging, freezing, and shipping) is available locally, at your expense, through the Hoonah Fish Company (907) 957-2972. You may also choose to take your catch home as luggage; it should, however, be processed to ensure against spoilage.
A deposit of $250 is required to secure a Day Rate reservation.
For Multi-Day packages a deposit of $500 is required.
Personal checks are OK for deposit. Cash, travelers’ check, or bank certified check are good for the remainder, due on arrival. We are working to set up a user-friendly credit card payment system, but are not yet there.
Deposits are refundable up to 30 days prior to your scheduled trip.
Multi-Day packages are based on double occupancy and include 7 hours dock-to-dock fishing, lodging, and three meals per day.
All rates include pick-up and drop-off at Icy Strait Point, the Hoonah Alaska Marine Highways terminal, or the Hoonah airport.
All rates do not include a 6.5% City of Hoonah sales tax, fishing licenses, King Salmon stamps (if required), and fish processing.