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Planning Your Next Alaska Family Vacation At Pybus Point Lodge: What To Know, What We Offer, And What’s Included

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Planning Your Next Alaska Family Vacation At Pybus Point Lodge: What To Know, What We Offer, And What’s Included

A family of our guests enjoying a trip to the Sawyer Glacier!

Are you looking for the perfect family friendly Alaska resort? Look no further than Pybus Point Lodge! Nestled in the heart of the Tongass National Forest, our all-inclusive resort offers luxurious accommodations, breathtaking scenery, and exciting activities that are fun for the whole family. Whether you're traveling with young children, teenagers, or grandma and grandpa we have something for everyone to enjoy. In this post, we'll share everything you need to know to plan your next Alaska family vacation at Pybus Point Lodge.

Friendly Staff

Two of our incredible guides!

First things first, let’s address the elephant in the room. We know that Alaskan lodges can have a certain kind of reputation. There are a lot of great businesses scattered across Alaska’s rugged shores that might be fun for a guy's fishing trip, but not exactly the ideal spot for a family vacation. 

Pybus Point Lodge on the other hand offers a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere to those who are looking to see the wild side of Alaska without having to actually rough it in the woods. What exactly sets Pybus apart? Well, our luxurious cabins and our comfy, custom-built boats certainly help, but it’s really our phenomenal staff that makes Pybus such an incredible place for families to visit. 

We don’t want any salty old sailors at Pybus Point Lodge–we know that our guests choose to visit us for a fun and relaxing vacation, not to get yelled at by some crusty fishing guide for accidentally losing a fish. That’s why we’ve put so much effort into finding a staff of folks who are every bit as kind and fun to be around as they are passionate about the great outdoors! 

A three generation family after a full day of fishing near Pybus Point Lodge!

When you stay with us, we’ll introduce you to your full-time, coast guard certified boat guide who’s available to take out fishing, whale watching, to see the nearby glaciers, and so much more. No matter who you’re paired up with, you can trust that they’re a professional whose main mission is always to help you have a great day.

To best set you up for success, we’ll ask you to fill out a short questionnaire before your vacation to gain a better understanding of what exactly it is that you want out of your vacation. We’ll take a look at your answers and make sure that we pair you up with a guide that’s just the right fit for you and your family. 

A family of fishermen showing off their halibuts!

Are you all a bunch of Alaskan fishing veterans? We’ve got a guide for you! Maybe a few of you know what you’re doing but you’ve brought some rookies along with you, no problem! Or maybe you're just planning a nice vacation for you, your partner, and your little kids and you’re not even interested in fishing–don’t sweat it! We’ll set you up with a guide who’s happy to simply lead the way and introduce you to Alaska’s exciting wildlife and show you some of the most beautiful scenery that Alaska has to offer.

Exciting Activities

Two young guests of ours posed in front of a beautiful iceberg!

Alaska is known for its natural beauty, and Pybus Point Lodge offers families the chance to experience it first hand. As far as boat activities go, we can take you out fishing, to tour the nearby glaciers, to look for whales, seals and sea lions, or to go to a nearby island where you can relax in a natural warm spring!

A family taking in the local wildlife!

But that’s not all! In addition to your boating guide, we also have an adventure guide that can take you and your family out for all sorts of other exciting activities! Some of our family-friendly favorites are our rainforest hikes and our guided kayaking tours! Each of these excursions can be custom tailored to the individual needs of your group. Whether you’re looking for an easy-going way to see Alaska’s wilderness or you’re looking for an epic adventure, our adventure guide is here to help!

A young fisherman posed with his pink salmon.

And don’t forget about freshwater fishing. No trip to Alaska is complete without at least trying to catch a salmon in one of our local streams, and our freshwater guide is always ready to take you out! In our experience, freshwater fishing is one of the most fun ways for kids to get the fishing experience, without the long boring boat rides from fishing hole to fishing hole. In fact, the stream in the back of our very own Pybus Bay has some of the best freshwater fishing in the area, and it’s just a five minute boat ride away! Here you and your kids can toss out a line, walk around, and have a blast without having to spend too much time away from the cabin.  

The best part is that at Pybus Point Lodge you can always choose your own adventure. All you’ve got to do is let your guide know what you’d like to do and we’ll take care of the rest! After you arrive at the lodge, let us know what your ideal itinerary looks like and our guide team will work together to consider the weather, fishing conditions, and interests of your group to put together the perfect schedule. 

A family of our guests with their freshly caught salmon!

And don’t worry if the whole group isn’t on the same page. There’s no wrong way to enjoy a vacation! Maybe dad and grandpa want to go on a guided saltwater fishing excursion while mom and the kids explore Alaska’s tide pools and search for sea creatures. Or maybe grandma and grandpa want to lounge around the lodge while the rest of the family visit the warm springs. At Pybus Point Lodge, that's no problem at all. We’re here to help everyone in the family have their own personal bucket list vacation.

At the end of the day, make sure to ask about the evening’s activity! After dinner, we always have something fun planned. Whether it’s panning for gold, a polar plunge, arts and crafts, a hike through the forest, or a natural history presentation your kids are sure to have a great time!

A family enjoying our arts and crafts activity!


A mother showing her two children a humpback whale off in the distance!

Now would be a good time to quickly talk about safety. We understand that traveling to a remote location with kids might be a little concerning to some parents. Rest assured that safety is our number one concern, and that we take every precaution possible. All of our boat captains are fully licensed and trained to handle nearly any type of emergency while out exploring Alaska’s waters. To make things even nicer, all of our boats are custom-built with state-of-the-art equipment and are specifically designed for the waters of the northern pacific. On board you can find everything from standard safety gear like life jackets and fire extinguishers, to the latest and greatest satellite navigation systems. 

In the extremely unlikely event that anything does go wrong, our captains always maintain radio contact with both the U.S. Coast Guard and with the staff at the main lodge. All throughout lodge property we have VHF radios mounted to the wall that are being monitored by staff at all times. 

If you want to know what extra precautions you can take to keep you and your family safe while out on the boat, read this article!

Luxurious Accommodations

Two of our beautiful, ocean-front cabins.

At Pybus Point Lodge, we take pride in providing our guests with the best possible accommodations. All of our cabins are either brand new or newly renovated, and we have something for families of all sizes. Everything from single rooms or studio group cabins to our two story deluxe cabins are available throughout the entire summer. No matter which type of cabin you reserve you’ll have comfortable beds and private bathrooms. The deluxe cabins even come with a full kitchen, pool table, fireplace, and more. Wherever you stay we guarantee that you’ll have a world-class view of Pybus Bay right from your front porch!

While at the lodge, don’t forget to take advantage of our other amenities! You can relax and unwind in our scenic hot tub area, pump some iron in our gym, or book a massage with our on-site masseuse.

Gourmet Dining

A delicious shrimp appetizer.

When you stay with Pybus Point Lodge, you’ll enjoy a gourmet dining experience right in our main lodge. Given that we’re on a remote island, we know that we’re the only dining option around, something that can be a bit concerning to families with small children. 

We’ve done our absolute best to make sure that we have delicious dining options available for even the pickiest of eaters. Our breakfast includes a full buffet of breakfast staples like bacon, sausage, eggs, house-made yogurt, oatmeals, and a rotating menu of different types of yummy pancakes. 

When it comes to lunch, our culinary team will have a delicious selection of premade sandwiches, salads, fruit cups, and cookies that are perfect to take with you as you explore Alaska. Guests at Pybus also have full access to our unlimited supply of snacks and drinks. Chips, candy, granola bars, jerky, trail mix, soda, energy drinks, sparkling water, coffee, tea, and more are all available to grab 24/7!

If you’re worried that your little ones won’t like any of the sandwiches that we have available, no worries! Just let us know and our culinary team is more than happy to make a special sandwich for any kids (or adults) that are looking for something a little different.

At dinner time you’re in for a treat. In the main dining area we have a full service dining experience ready for you where your waitress will tell you all about the Chef’s daily specials and about our lodge classics. Dinner comes complete with bread, salad, appetizers, entrees, and a new dessert special every night!

A good ol' fashioned cheeseburger and fries.

If you’re worried that that sounds a little too fancy for your family, have no fear. Out on our scenic deck we have a homestyle dinner buffet. Here we serve hearty, home-cooked favorites like chicken alfredo, fajitas, and fried chicken. This is also a great dining option for families who’d like to check out their own self-guided skiff and squeeze in a little more fishing or exploring before sunset.

Between all of these options, we should have something for everyone to enjoy! If you’re still worried about your little ones, give us a call and let us know! We’re more than open to making special arrangements for our guests.

All-Inclusive Vacation Package

A family that's about to board a seaplane after their adventure at Pybus Point Lodge!

At Pybus Point Lodge, we believe that families should be able to enjoy their vacation without worrying about hidden fees or extra charges. That's why we offer our guests a stress free, all-inclusive experience. Our vacation package includes transportation to and from the lodge, comfortable accommodations, delicious meals prepared by our gourmet kitchen, all activities and excursions, snacks and sodas, and even rain gear! Just about everything you and your family need is here waiting for you.

The only thing that you need to worry about is making sure that you bring the right clothes. Alaska’s weather can be a tad unpredictable, and you never know exactly what to expect. Some days are sunny and warm and others might be a bit chilly. Just make sure that you’re prepared to dress in layers. You’re going to want to have everything from a light t-shirt to a warm fleece ready to go at all times. This is especially important for kids. While we do provide you with a waterproof jacket, coveralls, and boots, you’re going to want to make sure that you and your kids have plenty to wear underneath.

What might start off as a cold and stormy morning can oftentimes turn into a warm sunny afternoon, and it’s best to be prepared for any weather situation.

If you have any other questions about what you need to bring on your family vacation, watch this video!


Best Time to Visit Our Resort

A group of guests lounging in the natural warm springs near Pybus Point Lodge.

Pybus Point Lodge is open from the end of May to the beginning of September. While there’s no wrong time to stay with us, the best time to visit depends on your preferences and the activities you're interested in–especially if you’re interested in fishing for salmon. To better help you plan your next big Alaska trip, we made this weather guide! Here you can learn what to expect each month, when the northern lights are most likely to be visible, and the best times to enjoy our different excursions! 

Book Your Alaska Family Vacation Today!

An old photo from one of our previous seasons of a dad showing his kids a rockfish.

Pybus Point Lodge is the ultimate destination for families looking for a luxurious Alaska vacation. With our breathtaking views, comfortable accommodations, and endless activities, we have something for everyone. Throughout the day families can enjoy the outdoors with fishing, kayaking, hiking, and wildlife viewing then come home and enjoy a little relaxation and indulgence with our gourmet dining and massage services.

Book your trip now and experience the adventure and luxury of Pybus Point Lodge for yourself!

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Discover why people like you can’t stop talking about Pybus Point Lodge. More than 30 years ago, the lodge opened as a simple fishing camp, drawing a devoted following in spite of basic accommodations. With new owners and experienced captains and crew, our corner of Alaska has become an unbeatable fishing and eco-tourism resort.

Andrea Tate

Incredible Experience!

Pybus Point Lodge has some of the most stunning scenery I’ve ever seen. I mean absolutely breathtaking! In addition to the amazing fishing, I hiked to a beautiful secluded lake, soaked in some hot pots, saw several waterfalls, went whale watching, saw bears and all kinds of wildlife and marine life. As a photographer, photographing a wedding under a waterfall will remain a highlight of my life.

Shirley Johnson

Pybus Point Lodge - WOW!

We had the best time! This was our first visit to Pybus, but it definitely will not be our last. The stunning scenery, amazing fishing experience, and the joy of meeting new friends – all outstanding! We did not want to leave!!! If you are thinking about this trip – don’t think any more, just book it. You will not regret it!!!

Sharon Hedding

Trip of a Lifetime!

We had such an amazing time the staff was so wonderful and the lodge was fantastic! capt Joe was so helpful and always doing what ever he could do to make each day special. a special thank you to both Scott and Jody for taking the time to make us feel like family. can't wait to go back next year

Jason Nielsen

Wonderful and Magical Place

We had an amazing business retreat to Pybus Point Lodge.  Everything was top notch... the fishing, the staff, the boat captains, the food, the accommodations, and especially the scenery. I really liked that Pybus took care of everything from start to finish. Chef John is an amazing cook. We had delicious hot meals the entire trip.  The cabins were amazing and very comfortable.  The fishing was awesome and that’s coming from a guy that doesn’t fish that much.

Brandon Foote

We brought home 100lbs of fish!

My wife and I spent a week at Pybus Point this Summer. We had a beautiful, private room overlooking the bay and our own new, ensuite, private bathroom. What an amazing place for couples to get away together. We set our own breakfast time, met our boat captain after, fished the day along, and returned to clean up and enjoy a nice dinner at the restaurant. Next time Alaska is on the trip list, Sherrie and I will go together, and it will be to Pybus Point!

Kent Danjanovich

Fun in Alaska

This was my first trip to Pybus Point. I stayed in one of their new cabins. The accommodations were incredible, the view onto the bay in the mornings was stunning. I loved the staff and the food was really very good. All of this and they have new boats to take you out onto fairly calm waters to fish. The fishing guides were great. Overall a great experience. Definitely going back.


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