Yakutat AK Lodges – Solarium Apartment

     A comfortable place with a fine view of Monti Bay for business or fishing, the Solarium Apartment is centrally located with generous accommodations and a next-door host for amenities. Accommodating up to six, there’s a large master bedroom, and the upstairs mezzanine has two smaller bedrooms and a restroom with shower.

     For fishermen, there’s an outside fish table with water, a freezer on the north covered deck, and in the rear, a smokehouse with worktable. On the other covered deck, a barbeque with briquettes furnished. Large laundry room is free and detergent provided. Contact Jake for availability and rates. (907) 784-3054. jakesouth@dnet.net.


     Your host is L.B. Jacobson (“Jake”) who has been in Alaska since 1968 and Yakutat for over 30 years.  I’m Sec-Treas. of ATFM Corporation, building owner and I reside upstairs in Unit #1.  You’ll be occupying Unit #2 right next door, splitting equally the solarium’s view.

     The apartment offers an excellent view of Monti Bay directly overlooking the cannery and dock, so you can watch the Alaska State ferries and Alaska Marine Lines barges come and go.  It’s as centrally located and convenient as you can get, being halfway between the airport and boat harbor, and situated between the hardware store (good place to get your fishing license and supplies) and post office.

The Apartment can accommodate up to 6 people

Bedrooms:   1 master bedroom w/ queen bed and one fold-away; 2 smaller bedrooms upstairs in mezzanine, one w/ full bed and fold-away, and the other has two twin beds; all linens and towels provided.

Kitchen:  Over-sized kitchen w/ 2 large refrigerator-freezers; full size range w/ oven; additional built-in counter range top; microwave; coffee maker, blender; toaster; dishwasher w/ detergent provided; dishes and utensils provided.

Dining:  4 cushioned bar stools at breakfast bar.  Seating for 6 at dining table in solarium.

Entertainment:  DVD player.  Television.  Wi-Fi.  Poker chips and cards.

Laundry:  2 washing machines and 2 dryers in the spacious laundry room across the hall; detergent provided … as are paper towels, TP, and clean rags for clean-up.

Outdoor features:  Fish cleaning table.   A large charcoal grill on the larger covered deck.  Out back is a smokehouse with its own work table and water hose … instructions and green alder provided.   Also a large chest freezer on one outside deck.

     If you’re not fishing or hunting, there’s more.  Yakutat belongs on every adventure surfer’s checklist.  Wildlife abounds for the patient photographer, and the hike to pristine Harlequin Glacier rewards with the stunning colors of glacial ice floats.  Everybody goes to Cannon Beach, our local get-away, history included.  Local resident Bob Miller, an avid military aviation buff, has set up a Warbird Museum in the large hangar at the airport and it’s worth a look-see.  An easy walk from the trailhead at the boat harbor leads to the Kwaan’s totem at the lagoon.  And don’t miss the huge and outstanding mural at the high school carved by local Tlingit Native Fred Bemis.

     Back to fishing:  The Situk River offers world class steelhead fishing in late winter and early spring.  Yakutat’s understated gem is the strong sockeye run, usually eclipsing the silvers.  They’re more wily than silvers, best bet is using wet flies, but are the commercial net fishermen’s “money fish” and they unarguably smoke up better than the other species. 


Willy, Tom and Eric  (photo on right) limited
on sockeye every day using wet flies.

They took a bunch back to
Switzerland with them. 

This was a rainy day but
there was plenty of sun too.

Photo above is Jake's hound Cooper at play at Situk River Landing

    Sockeye season is my favorite time at Ryman’s Italio Sport Camp, as our weather is generally better in June-July. But there is lots more than just salmon fishing opportunities here. Year-round off-shore fishing for halibut is good just about any time and there are plenty of skilled captains to make it worthwhile. 

     And you may catch a king while at it. Or take a hike to Situk Lake for trout.   And oh yes, there’s hunting too … deer, moose, goat, sheep, ducks, geese and bear, including the prized glacier bear.

Yakutat Solarium Apartment

L.B. “Jake” Jacobson
P.O. Box 212
Yakutat, AK 99689
(907) 784-3054