$1,499,000 - Lodge Business Opportunity. Everything you need for an incredible lifestyle business of your own. World Class Fishing... Just a few hours from Seattle
Some of the best fishing in the world is just a few plane rides from Seattle... Land right at the door of your own lodge by float plane, just 20 minutes from the Ketchikan airport!
This beautiful, Alaskan style Lodge is now offered for sale for your own lifestyle business, private residence for family and friends, or as a corporate retreat center. Get away from the hustle and bustle to your own private paradise in Alaska.
This Waterfront Alaskan Lodge is turn key. Enjoy paradise with 660ft + waterfront & 16.73 acres. The property boasts 4 immaculately maintained custom Log Cabins and a 1,976 sf Conference Lodge with a large kitchen and an Executive Apartment above. Simply breathtaking with: a dock, skiffs, boathouse, a fish cleaning & wrapping station, picnic areas, an independent water source & so much more. A floating Lodge House & float plane dock gives novelty & that unique Alaskan experience.
The four cabins are shown starting from the left. On the right is the main lodge with the conference room, kitchen & apartment. The floating lodge house and dock are in front.
The Floating Lodge House and dock. Float planes land right here giving guests that unique & delightful Alaskan experience.
The Land & Water
You can enter this property via road on a private driveway, by boat, or by float plane. Tucked away in a sheltered bay, the property is protected with beautiful, gentle views all around. This is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and enjoy the best that Alaska has to offer.
Currently run as McFarland's Floatel, this lodge has been in operation for over 25 years. The guests arrive by float plane and are personally greeted on the dock. They then receive their personal skiff for the duration of their stay, and an orientation to their own private cabin. Currently the lodge is run as a do-it-yourself (DIY) fishing vacation, but there are a great many possibilities for change & expansion.
Enjoy Alaska by your own fire, under the stars, or picnic in tranquility and beauty...
The Four Self-Contained Cabins...
Connected by boardwalks, these 4 cabins give that Alaskan experience all the way! Facing the waterfront, these custom designed log cabins are full of charm, and very comfortable. Fully contained with a bathroom, an enclosed bedroom with bunks, an open loft bedroom with dazzling views and a small kitchen, your guests have everything they need, including privacy.
A laundry/ storage building is tucked away in the forest and comes with washers, dryers and linen and cleaning supply storage.
Each cabin has its own private entrance and is buffered by trees, giving privacy and yet full waterfront views. The boardwalks are delightful, winding through the property.
These beautiful cabins glow in the morning sunlight, big windows letting in the light & the views. There is a living room with a woodstove, a kitchen, bedroom and bathroom with a shower on the lower level, and an open loft upstairs with water views. The futons in the living room fold out into beds, so guests can really spread out, and each cabin could sleep 6-10 if needed. The cabins are wired for 12V as well, so you are able to have that off-the-grid ability if you so desire.
The Conference Lodge : Conference Room, Kitchen & Executive Suite
The Conference Lodge is a building of beauty, with wide open decks and sprawling stairs. Measuring 26'x38' (1,976 sf) there is plenty of room here for whatever you need. The main floor includes a kitchen that can be totally closed off from the meeting room if needed, and there is a bathroom around the corner.
Upstairs is a truly delightful 1 bedroom Executive Suite. Like the other cabins, the living room is cleverly designed with fold out beds and has a greater sleeping capacity if required.
Left: The conference room is a beautiful and large room filled with light (much larger than shown here) with a wide covered deck outside - perfect for breaks. Right - the kitchen is set up for catering for large groups and could easily be converted into a commercial kitchen. (Photos of the apartment coming soon)
The Floating Lodge House & Dock
Wide and flat, the dock is comfortable and provides lots of space for extras! It includes lots of parking for skiffs, charter boats, a fish cleaning station and even a covered boat house. Guests love fishing off the dock, and of course, landing at the door of a floating house is quite the thrill!
The floating lodge house is quite unique. Float houses are a historic feature of old Alaska, built in the days of the logging camps which would move from one area to another. They are quite the delight! This one provides history and novelty for guests looking for that unique Alaskan experience.
Guests love to watch the wildlife from this vantage point : whales, river otters, mink, seals, occasional sea lions, deer & even the odd bear across the shore...
It has a retail store area in the front where guests can buy fishing and other supplies and has an open living area with big windows where you can relax and enjoy the top-of-the waterfront views (you can't get closer to the waterfront than this)! This area would be perfect as a floating cafe if desired.
Upstairs in the floating lodge house there is a small study, a bedroom and a bathroom. Next to the house is a shop and a storage area. The dock does require ongoing maintenance. The property is all permitted by the state and 35 years remain on the 3 acre tidelands lease.
All the Turn-Key Extras!
Everything you need to operate this business comes with it! Included are seven aluminum 15 ½ft rental skiffs, each with 15hp outboard engines, boating gear, fishing gear, float vests and a walk-in freezer. The cabins come with furniture, appliances, cooking equipment, linens and so much more. Water comes from a 95ft deep well (35 gal/min) and a 3000 gallon storage tank in a water tank building. Water from the tank is efficiently gravity fed down to all the buildings in the property. There are 3 septic tanks with permits, three strategically placed woodsheds and a maintenance storage building. The property includes a complete propane system from one large tank that feeds the cabins, the Conference Lodge & the laundry room. Commercial electric also powers the entire facility. There is also a parking lot for vehicles and extra boat storage.
This interesting property has many possibilities! Currently it is run as a do-it-yourself experience and has a long list of regular return clients. Clients arrive via floatplane, get their skiff and their cabin orientation and then they take care of themselves for the week!
Adding charter boats would provide a value added service, and this had been done in the past with good returns. There have been many requests for the float house to open as a cafe; even though the property feels private it is only a 10 minute skiff ride to the town of Thorne Bay. There are many yachts, smaller boats and kayakers nearby that could patronize a cafe. A floating cafe would provide quite the thrill for tourists and locals alike. Passing yachts are always looking for a new & novel place to eat!
There has also been demand to open the Conference Room as a restaurant. Reachable by road or boat (remember we have long daylight hours in summer) & perfect for lunch or dinner, this property offers something extra special and unique to guests. The conference room could also be opened for more island events: weddings, meetings, receptions... Perfect for corporate retreats, this property would be an ideal purchase for a corporation looking for its own base easily reachable from Seattle, or advertising could be done to attract this type of client.
Or hey, buy this property and share among friends... All the work has been done for you. Just move into your own cabin, and enjoy the summers!
The owners have been running the business as a lifestyle business for love and enjoyment as well as profit. But there really are so many possibilities with over 16 ½ acres for development here. As interest continues to increase in Alaska this unique property is a gem just waiting to be discovered...
Your friendly, helpful, Prince of Wales Island Realtors. We live here, & we are here to help you!
Ronald Matecki Associate Broker / Realtor Ron@CoastalAK.com