Who We Are
Salmon Run Fishing Lodge is located approximately 40 miles west of Juneau, Alaska in Excursion Inlet. We are an all-inclusive, self guided fishing lodge in a remote area accessible only by boat or plane. We focus on small groups and never have more than 20 people at the lodge at a time, this allows us the opportunity to make your trip totally personalized to you. We offer the entire Alaskan Experience, not just the fishing. This includes wake up calls for the northern lights and bioluminescence, hikes through the rain forest, a great room with games and books for ultimate relaxation and so much more! Since we’re located right next to Glacier Bay National Park guests will be able to see humpback whales bubble net feeding, orcas, sea lions, seals, porpoises, otters, moose, wolves, brown bears, black bears…and the list goes on! The glacier fed inlet has a gorgeous emerald hue with multiple shear cliff waterfalls to enjoy. We have amazing king, coho, humpy, sockeye and even chum salmon runs and our halibut population is incredibly healthy due to the salmon cannery up the inlet chumming “for us” twice a week! We are a family owned and operated lodge and can’t wait to share our love of this area and this life with all of you!
Meet the Staff . . .
The man who started it all! Husband to Kim and father to 4 daughters: Kayla, Hailey, Ashlynne and Brynlee, he’s the hardest working man you’ll ever meet. He can fix just about anything and can do it all with a smile on his face. He’s taught his girls his work ethic and is the best dad they could have asked for! An avid outdoorsman from the start, he grew up on a farm in a small town in Utah and then moved to Montana where his love of nature only grew. The next step? Alaska! Now he runs his lodge the same way he would his own cabin, with open arms and a family atmosphere.
Oh, what would we do without this woman?! She‘s the toughest lady you’ll meet and the sweetest woman you’ll ever have the pleasure of being around. She keeps the place running, and the staff and guests happy! She also grew up in small town in Utah, where she met and married Jeff. They had 4 little girls there and then up and moved to Montana in 2009! And then they bought a fishing lodge. And what a wonderful ride it’s been! Kim can be seen doing pretty much anything and everything. Nothing goes smoothly if she‘s not involved, so good thing for us, she’s always there! She can make anyone and everyone comfortable and happy and is lovingly referred to by most as “Momma Kim”.
Kayla is the oldest of the Copinga girls. She is fun loving, hard working, loyal and very protective of her family, particularly her little sisters! She is the backbone of Salmon Run. If anything needs to be done she can and will find a way to do it! She cooks, cleans, handles construction and repairs, chases off bears and most importantly, treats each guest as if they were family. She‘s very competitive and will out-work, out-play and out-fish anyone who dares challenge her! She’ll surprise you with her strength and win you over with her tender heart. With her, you’ll arrive a stranger and leave a lifelong friend!
Jake came up the first year with Kayla on a whim and has been an integral part of it all since day one. He grew up in Minnesota where he spent a lot of time fishing for salmon with his dad on Lake Superior. School brought him to Montana, where he and Kayla met in 2016! He‘s the guy who’ll set you up and send you off to fish every morning and the first person you‘ll see pulling up to the dock every evening. He loves seeing what kind of fish guests have pulled in for the day and you’d better believe that he’ll be just as excited as you are! He truly cares about each guest and makes sure everyone is happy all week long. He‘s one of the most hardworking, selfless men you’ll ever meet and we know you’ll love him just as much as we do!
Hailey is the second oldest of the Copinga girls! She is an amazing athlete and has spent the past 4 years playing college volleyball while studying for her teaching degree! She graduates this year and we’re all so pround of her! Hailey has the best sense of humor and can make you laugh in any situation! She‘s the most hard working woman you’ll ever meet and gives 100% to anything that she does. She fuels boats, cooks, cleans, helps with repairs, prepares tackle…you name it! She jumps in wherever and whenever she’s needed and makes sure everyone around her is happy and having fun! She‘s one of the most wonderful people you’ll ever meet, and we love her so much!
Jessie and Hailey met in 2016 and he‘s been the best addition to the Copinga family ever since! He graduates from Rocky this year too and we finally get him in Alaska full time! We’re so proud of him!! He keeps everyone up at the lodge laughing and having fun! He‘s an incredibly hard worker and jumps on any task he’s ever given and does it well, every time. He’s the first person to ask if you need help with anything and does it all with a smile on his face! He‘s our expert firewood supplier, boat mechanic, pest control (he’s a killer shot with a .22), dishes do-er, fish fillet-er, and so much more! We‘re so lucky to have this wonderful man and know you’ll love him just as much as we do!
Ashlynne is the 3rd oldest of the Copinga girls. She graduates high school this year and has received a scholarship to play college softball next year! We’re pretty dang proud of this one too! She does it all up at the lodge too! She fuels boats, puts docks out at high tide at 2 AM, helps with meals and whatever needs to be done that day! she’s great with kids and they love her! She is feisty, sweet, hilarious, competitive and so many other things. She works hard, laughs often and makes every one around her happy, wherever she goes. She’s so wonderful and we love her so much! We know you will too!
Brynlee is the youngest Copinga girl and also the most die hard fisher-woman of us all! She knows more about fishing than any girl her age really should and we’re so grateful to have her! She’s the best fish fillet-er, expert crab trap setter and an amazing boat captain! She’s the hardest worker you’ll meet and jumps on any task she’s given without question. You’ll see her sprinting down the dock every time you pull up to the dock. She loves everything about Alaska and loves showing that to our guests. She’s a funny little thing and she’ll catch you off guard with her wit and dry humor. She’s the baby, and we love her so, so much!