Tutka Bay Lodge: Plan Your Stay

Located in Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, United States

How to Get There

Tutka Bay Lodge does not have an access road—guests arrive by water taxi and floatplane. Flights from Anchorage to Homer are 50 minutes and can be booked through Ravn Air. Water taxis operate between the lodge and the town of Homer; the ride across Kachemak Bay takes about 25 minutes.

What to Expect

Due to its remote location, the lodge has taken extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of its guests. All guides have both EMT and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certifications, and in the event of a medical emergency, medivac by helicopter or boat is available to the hospital in nearby Homer.

Weather and Seasons

The lodge is open for the summer season, from early May through mid-September. Alaska’s southern coast is cool during this time of year, with average daytime temperatures reaching between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and nighttime temperatures dropping to the low or mid 40s. Due to its location in the far north, Tutka Bay sees long periods of daylight during the summer months.

What to Bring

Floatplane and water taxi load restrictions limit each guest to 50 pounds of luggage, which must be packed in soft bags.

Recommended Packing List

  • Layered clothing
  • Comfortable shoes for walking around the camp
  • Hiking boots or study walking shoes
  • Lightweight jacket, rain gear, and gloves
  • Hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Flashlight
  • Binoculars
  • Personal fishing gear and waders (optional)

Traveling with Family

Children are welcome guests at Tutka Bay Lodge, where experiences can be tailored for travelers of all ages. Large cabins accommodate families, and there are special dining menus and activities available for young guests. Children ages 12 and under can participate in the Kid’s Adventure Program, which gives kids the opportunity to discover the surrounding wilderness while learning about the characteristics of this undisturbed ecosystem. Activities in the kid’s program might include scavenger hunts, arts and crafts projects using local natural materials, and cooking classes.

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