expand arrow-rightsvg-balloonsvg-carsvg-dogsvg-fireplacesvg-flat-screensvg-heatersvg-laundry-washing-machinesvg-snowflakesvg-hot-tubsvg-swimming-poolsvg-wheelchairsvg-wifiarrow-right

Angler's Dream Self Guided Fishing. Private Boat. Dock. Beach. Hot Tub. Fish On!

Ketchikan, AK, USA
  • House2200 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay4 nights

Waterfront House, 4 Bedroom, 2 Bat; sleeps 12 with Sport Fishing Boat, Hot Tub.

Fish the Alaskan dream; a house on the water with a fully equipped boat waiting at the dock, ready to go on a self guided fishing adventure or exploring! Located in a calm cove on a beautiful beach with a private fishing pier we are just minutes from prime salmon fishing. Dungeness crab are thick in the bay a boat ride away. Crab pots and cooker are provided! Fly and fish the same day.

The per night rate includes:

Waterfront accommodation;

Hot tub and outdoor kitchen;

Airport pick up;

Private dock;

Fishing poles and reels;

Crab pots and cooker;

Ice and extra large freezer on site;

Tackle and bait for sale on site;

Dedicated fish processing area;

Fish processor.

Our fully rigged to fish 20 Foot Hewescraft Pro V Extended Transom with 2016 Suzuki 140 hp and trolling motor is available at $450 per day. Additional boats are available for larger groups. We do not rent the house without a boat so please figure that into your costs when planning your trip.

Why Ketchikan for self guided fishing?

Great variety of both saltwater and freshwater fishing.

Large runs of all five species of salmon; nearby halibut holes; Ling Cod; Red Snapper; excellent Dungeness crab grounds 20 minutes from house.

All weather fishing; the ability to fish open ocean water nearby and protected inside waters.

Be on the water the same day you leave home; Ketchikan is a direct 1.5 hour flight from Seattle.

Why Pennock Island for self guided fishing?

A ten minute boat run from the airport, you will be fishing the day you land.

Great mid way location between south and north fishing grounds.

15 minute run to Dungeness crab fishing grounds.

24 hour use of boat with no curfew.

Herring and crab bait on site.

Fish processing room and extra large freezer.

No car rental necessary, downtown private boat slip in Ketchikan.

Five minute run to town for shopping and restaurants.

Authentic Alaskan home milled from lumber on the land.

High end kitchen appliances, knives and pans.

Optional maid service: $35 per day.

And the other great reason to come:

A stunning sunset location with a hot tub!

Peak seasons for fish species in our area:

King Salmon: May, June and July.

June 1 - July 30th: Terminal Harvest for King Salmon at Herring Cove: Non residents fishing restrictions do not apply: No size limit; six per day; no non resident annual limit. Herring Cove is about 20 minutes by boat.

Silver Salmon: July, August, September.

Halibut: June, July, August, September.

Our home is set on Pennock Island, a three minute boat ride from Ketchikan. There are no noisy roads here, just trails leading along the beach and through the forest. Pennock Island has all the advantages of being minutes away by boat from shopping, restaurants and attractions but a world away from the hustle and bustle.

Relax after a day on the water on the expansive decks overlooking the water, perfect for cooking your catch on the BBQ. A hydrotherapy spa faces west for relaxing soaks as the sun sets.

Our Hewescraft Pro V comes fully equipped to fish and we offer on site support to catch salmon, halibut and crab if you unfamiliar with fishing out area.

Perfect for your fishing experience is the 2013 20' Hewescraft Pro V Hard top with extended transom. The Pro V offers a deeper hull for a smoother ride, a wider beam and more deck space with built in insulated fish box, wash down, hydraulic steering and electric trim tabs. Trucker seats offer a smooth ride and a built in stereo to listen to the radio.. Powered with a new 2017 fuel efficient 140hp Suzuki and a 8hp kicker. The PRO V is also rigged with downriggers and is ready to fish and provides the ultimate comfort for up to groups of four. Groups sizes over five will have the option to rent a second boat.

We can provide water taxi service for clients not fishing during the day with the group.

Salmon and Halibut poles are included in the package but you are responsible for tackle. We have a supply of tackle for sale on site and can help get you rigged up with the right lures for the time you are visiting. Fishing licenses are also available here or you can purchase in advance on the State of Alaska website.

There is no time curfew on self guided fishing boats which means you can get the 4am bite.

Fish processing vacuum packing supplies are included in our onsite fish processing room or you can drop your catch at a local processing area if you do not wish to take care of your catch yourself. Rates are $2/pound finished weight and fish will be held and packed for your return trip.

We provide a courtesy pick up upon your arrival in Ketchikan at the airport baggage claim for Alaska Airlines flights 67 and 69 which arrive here respectively at 3.54pm and 7.41pm.

You will receive a complete boat orientation upon arrival and will be asked to sign a release from for liability. We will also go over the fishing in our local area and how to run any of the fishing gear you maybe unfamiliar with.

If this is the first time fishing our waters we recommend taking a fishing charter with a guide to show you the area and how to fish here. Additional guided days are available. Costs are $200 per person with a minimum of four, for four hours. Full day is $400 per person for six to eight hours with a minimum of four persons.

On your departure day, check out is at 10am, we can either drop you at the airport or in town. Alaska Airlines will allow bags to be checked in four hours prior to departure and there is a small ferry you can then take to the town side if you want to spend your last hours visiting town. Alaska Airlines flight 60 leaves at 9.02am.

Our home was built by hand from yellow cedar trees cut from the surrounding forest and milled locally and offers:

Upper floor:

Large king bedroom with one king bed and two twin beds. Exceptional water and forest views.

Lower floor:

1 bedroom with queen and 2 singles. Water and forest views.

1 bedroom with queen bed with garden and forest views.

1 bedroom with one queen bed. Garden and forest views.

Two twin fold away beds are available for extra sleeping options.

Bedrooms are provided with high thread count cotton linens.

Our home offers a wonderful beach for exploring right outside the front door with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Trails lead to remote beaches on the backside of the island. Here you can wander the beach in solitude beach combing or relaxing in peace with a book.

Kim, your host lives in cabin nearby and is available to help with any concerns during your stay. We enjoy sharing the island lifestyle and you are welcome to join in island adventures; beach combing the back side of the island, hiking in the forest and muskeg; towing home a beach log for firewood, splitting and stacking wood for winter or going crabbing for Dungeness Crab.

Concierge services are also available: housekeeping services; daily guiding for fishing.

We look forward to seeing you here!

Keywords: Alaska self guided fishing, fishing boat rental, Alaska fishing lodge, Alaska boat rental, Alaska waterfront home, Ketchikan self guided fishing, Ketchikan vacation rental, spa home, private beach home, salmon fishing, halibut fishing,


Kim Kirby

Member Since 2011
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Mar 28, 2018
About Kim Kirby

Kim Kirby is your host at Pennock Island. Kim is originally from England and came to Ketchikan in 1990, kayaking here from Juneau a trip that lasted three months. Paddling the Inside Passage was the start of a long love affair with Southeast Alaska and Pennock Island offered a wonderful way to continue to live close to the water with a few more amenities! Kim started and ran a kayak company in Ketchikan for 12 years before finding the perfect island getaway on Pennock Island in 2005. She has five acres on Pennock and enjoys sharing the island lifestyle with guests visiting from around the world. She has her US Coastguard Captain's license and a flying license and enjoys float plane flying around the local area. She is happy to share with you what makes Alaska so special, be it on the water fishing, hiking the ridge tops or beach combing.

Kim Kirby purchased this House in 2005

Why Kim Kirby chose Ketchikan

Being on the water in SE Alaska is pure joy and living an island lifestyle with no roads means you are on the water all the time. Forget the stress of cars and roads and noise. Here you live a life set to the rythym of wind and tides. The dog can run free and is the alarm bell when visitors show up at the front door, which is the dock that stretches across the tidal beach. Snug Harbor House is the last inhabited house on the grid. Beyond is the wilder back side where you can walk the beach for about a mile with no other person in sight. The interior of the island is untouched and is great to explore following deer trails through the rainforest and muskeg. People are pretty scarce on the island and it is always a joy to share time chatting if you bump into one another in the bay or along the beaches.

What makes this House unique

Snow's Cove on Pennock Island offers all the advantages of living a life without roads and cars and all the benefits of a town within a short five minute boat ride. Privacy, peace, wildlife and woodland walks and just plain messing about in a boat are all here.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, 2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 4
        1 queen, 2 twin/ single, ocean view. patio doors onto waterfront deck.
      • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (3) Two additional rollaway twin beds.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower
      • 2

      Location Type

        • Beach View
        • Beachfront
          Private beach with small pebbles. Excellent for rock pooling and swimming after the tide comes in over the beach on a sunny day.
        • Mountain View
          The mountains of the Tongass National Forest are visible from all views.
        • Ocean View
        • Oceanfront
          Our house faces NW across the Tongass Narrows. A calm body of water creating a protected harbor for Pennock and Ketchikan islands.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Spa
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Catering available


                    • Linens Provided
                      High thread count cotton linens
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                      Internet is accessible through your cell phone on your plan. We have good cell service here.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Elevator
                    • Living Room
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      We have a private dock suitable for a vessel up to 30 feet.
                    • Towels Provided
                      House towels and beach towels provided.
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wireless Internet
                      Wireless internet is accessible through your cell phone provider. We have good cell phone access here.


                        • Microwave
                        • Catering Available
                          Catering is available for an additional charge and can be limited to evening meals or all meals daily.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          High quality Alumaclad cookware.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Kitchen
                          Kitchen is fully stocked with basic items and includes high quality knives and cookware.
                        • Coffee Maker
                          Coffee filters provided. Coffee grinder in house.
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Spices, salt/pepper, flour. sugar.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Full size freezer also available for storing your fish catch while you are here.
                        • Stove
                          Propane stove.
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Large kitchen table seats six. Center island with pull out table seats 5.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 12 people


                                • Books
                                  Library of books on the local area and fishing, Alaska and novels.
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                  Large selection of popular movies.
                                • Games
                                  Board games, Scrabble, Risk, Backgammon, Cribbage, Poker Chips
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Direct TV Family Channel.
                                • Television
                                  Large flat screen with cable.
                                • Video Library


                                    • Boat
                                      2005 20' Hewescraft Sea Runner 2013 20' Hewescraft Pro V Extended Transom
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Covered deck overlooking the water with comfortable seating.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      A rare grass lawn! Ketchikan is known for its moss lawns. It's a battle to keep grass but it's worth it.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Gas grill.
                                    • Porch / Veranda


                                        • alternative lifestyle

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Hot Tub
                                              Marquis hydrotherapy spa. Seats six comfortably, although just great for two and star gazing.

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Concierge
                                                • Massage
                                                • Private Chef


                                                    • churches
                                                    • cinemas
                                                    • health/beauty spa
                                                    • library
                                                    • marina
                                                    • museums
                                                    • playground
                                                    • recreation center
                                                    • restaurants

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • beachcombing
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • boating
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • photography
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking
                                                        • whale watching
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • Babysitter
                                                            • fitness center
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • hospital
                                                            • laundromat
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • kayaking
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • fly fishing
                                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • hunting
                                                                • deepsea fishing
                                                                • mountain climbing
                                                                • pier fishing
                                                                • snorkeling
                                                                • snorkeling/diving
                                                                • sound/bay fishing
                                                                • swimming


                                                                    • Fish processing area, vacumn packer and large freezer to store your catch.

                                                                      41 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      Bucket list stay!!

                                                                      Joe W.

                                                                      Our group of 6 best friends had the best fishing vacation at Kim's house! From the start of the booking process to the point that Kim dropped us off at the airport everything was great. Kim was quick to answer any questions and concerns, I was happy to hear that she had a dutch oven in the kitchen so I could bake a loaf or two of fresh sourdough bread. When she picked us up she us showed where to get fuel for the boats, free ice in the mornings and where to do our shopping.

                                                                      We we're all amazed at her house, well stocked kitchen, comfy beds super clean and plenty of room for our group. The big covered patio was a great place to sit while BBQing and take in the view. After a long day and big dinner the hot tub was a great way to relax and plan our next day. We opted for the two boats which worked out perfectly, three to a boat we fished every day. The cleaning and packing was super easy, there's everything you need vacuum pack and freeze your catch for the trip home.

                                                                      Kim pointed us to the right location for dungeness crab, set the pots let them soak for the day, we ended up pulling 14 crabs on our fist try! There's a huge crab pot and gas burner setup below the deck right next to the fish cleaning station. That night we ate our fill in crab grilled salmon and fresh garlic sourdough bread.

                                                                      We can't thank Kim enough for being a fantastic host and making our vacation one we will never forget. I would highly recommend staying at Kim's (Angler's Dream House) for your next Ketchikan fishing vacation!

                                                                      Outstanding property

                                                                      Sheri G.

                                                                      We rented Kim's amazing spotless VRBO, Aug 10-17, for our annual fishing trip with my two brothers and a close friend. We had a total of four in our group.

                                                                      We wanted to fish right away once we landed and hooked up with Capt Rich. Prior to arriving we texted Capt Rich and he provided priceless information on what was productive.

                                                                      Kim is amazing, witty, and we enjoyed her company. She was just a text message away.

                                                                      Capt Mike was helpful too, he gave us some tackle and suggested we follow him out fishing if we wanted. He suggested we dial into channel 10 on the CB radio. This is the channel the local fisherman utilize. This was a priceless tip and we used it for valuable fishing chatter.

                                                                      We all enjoyed this quite private location. Having a nearby Coast Guard Station gave me a peace of mind when fishing.

                                                                      We had a nice week of fishing and relaxing, as we all thought the hot tub was a nice plus to kick off the day and soak in after a long day of fishing.

                                                                      Crabbing was new to us and after a thorough overview by Capt Rich we were ready to soak-the six pots that were provided. We waited for the winds to calm and took several trips to the crab grounds. We pickup free salmon heads and shaved ice at Cedars lodge across the bay to bait the nets in the crab pots and load the live well with ice. One of the trips we soaked the crab pots for only one hour, pulled the pots and they were loaded with golden dungeons crabs. Bring thick gloves as you measure the crab keepers those buggers will claw you and draw blood

                                                                      Well the week went by fast as all good weeks do. Kim loaded the boat using the ATV attached trailer, loaded the boat and cruised us to the airport. Kim gave us pointers on marking our fish boxes we checked in as baggage.

                                                                      We are planning on returning to Ketchikan next year and Kim's Alaska Remote VRBO is at the top of our list.

                                                                      The only addition that would make this location out of this world would be Wi-Fi connectivity.

                                                                      Fisherman’s Paradise

                                                                      Rob G.

                                                                      Once we landing in Ketchikan, Kim was awaiting our arrival at this quaint airport. We loaded the boat with our luggage and then she dropped us off at Safeway for a few provisions. Kim them proceeded with our luggage to Pennock Island while we shopped for a few items. We just needed a few items; fruit, bread, corn on the cob, and salad. Safeway is well stocked but the meat is pricey.

                                                                      Kim was waiting for us at the dock near Safeway after an hour of shopping. We loaded the boat and took the short ride across the harbor to Kim's place.

                                                                      Kim has an ATV with a small trailer attached available on the dock, as this was very helpful loading luggage and groceries on to because the dock is 400 feet long. This dock is brand new and wide.

                                                                      Once we got settled, we drew cards for our room assignments. All of the bedrooms were roomy but the master bedroom was HUGE and could have sleep four adults.

                                                                      We wanted to fish right away and hooked up with Captain Rich. Prior to arriving we texted and chatted with Captain Rich and he provided priceless information on what was productive.

                                                                      Captain Rich provided a thorough overview of the Pro V’s down riggers, Garmin Navigation system and dual motors. Remarkable, we were on the fish in about three hours after landing. We pulled in three pinks and a rockfish in an hour.

                                                                      Crabbing was new to us and after a thorough overview by Captain Rich we were ready to soak six pots that were provided. We waited for the winds to calm and took several trips to the crab grounds. We boiled, cleaned, & ate those Dungeness creatures. Stainless steal crab boilers and boiling pots are on site too. We nailed them on both crab runs & brought home a bounty of Dungeness Crabs!

                                                                      We had a nice week of fishing, relaxing, sea life watching, and gourmet eating. The 103-degree hot tub was a very nice plus. Captain Rich went fishing with us several times and this guy made our trip. He got us dialed into the silvers and pinks.

                                                                      Captain Rich is knowledgeable and fun to fish with. He kept saying: “their out there”! We enjoyed his company so much we invited him for several evening meals and a few beers in town. Captain Mike was helpful too; he gave us some tackle and recommended fishing techniques. He suggested we dial into channel 10 on the CB radio. This was a priceless tip!

                                                                      We are planning on returning to Ketchikan and Kim's VRBO is at the top of our list.

                                                                      Wi-Fi connectivity is the only addition that would make this place outstanding!

                                                                      frikin awsome

                                                                      Trent M.

                                                                      this place everything i hoped it would be. Kim was great, always asked if we needed anything,if we did she was on it.highly recomended

                                                                      Wonderful Experience

                                                                      Jeff M.

                                                                      Absolutely great place has the feeling of being way out with conveniences just across the bay .Fishing grounds are close making for shorter times to get bait in the water. Crab getting with supplied cages and cooker also a great bonus.

                                                                      Epic fishing vacation spot

                                                                      jim f.Bodega Bay, CA

                                                                      We rented Kim's place for 6 days in July for a boys fishing trip. We had 7 of us in the house, which was just about right. The house was big enough to accommodate us all pretty comfortably with beds for everyone and some room to spare. The best space in the whole house is the big covered deck out front - Even in the rain, hang out there for cocktails after a long day of fishing, enjoy the great view of Ketchikan, and engage in baseless speculation about where the fish are and why you maybe didn't catch what you should have that day (though we had nothing to complain about.) The nice new air-dropped hot tub is fantastic right before you hit the hay like a sack of rocks. The kitchen is well-equipped and you can do some serious cooking here.

                                                                      The house is on an island so planning for food and supplies is important. There's an accessible dock in town within a block of the Safeway and Kim has provided carts for getting groceries etc up the dock and in town to make it as easy as possible. We had 4 people fishing and 3 hanging out at the house that could make daily runs to town if necessary, which was perfect.

                                                                      The 20' Hewes boat is well equipped and will fish 4 people comfortably without crowding, and the critical equipment (like the 2 outboards) was near new when we rented. It has a very well-done kicker motor setup for salmon trolling that is about the easiest I've ever used. We took advantage of the crab traps and did very well with an overnight soak; gorged ourselves on dungeness crabs crabs for several nights. We had fished Ketchikan before but still needed some help. Serious fishermen will want to talk to Kim well before you get there to get the full rundown on what gear you do and don't need to bring and guidance on fishing spots.

                                                                      Kim is a great host who will bend over backwards to help out her guests, and with some pretty amazing stories to tell. We had a great time hanging out with her and will probably be back.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thanks guys. I enjoyed you being here and look forward to another epic adventure!


                                                                      Ketchikan, AK, USA

                                                                      Beach front living on an island in SE Alaska with a boat outside the front door, ready to go fishing or exploring our area which is only accessible by water.


                                                                      Additional information about rental rates

                                                                      Tax Rate

                                                                      Additional boat $450/day. Lund skiff:$175/day. $500 refundable deposit on boats is charged. 50% deposit to book. Remainder due 90 days prior. Cancellations fully refundable with 90 days notice. Housekeeping available:$35/day

                                                                      41 Reviews
                                                                      Wonderful 4.9/5
                                                                      Enter dates for accurate pricing
                                                                      Instant Confirmation
                                                                      For booking assistance, call 888-640-7927

                                                                      Property # 375643vb