Living in a rainforest has a way of making your life very interesting...and wet!
The past couple days the weather has been pouring down rain so anyone headed out is cover
in head to toe rain gear.
I run the ward lake trail every other day when I get off work. Being born in ketchikan a little rain
wasn't going to stop me so I went for my run anyway!
What I didn't know was that I was actually going for a swim instead of a run.
The campground was flooded and so was the trail! But being the stubborn Alaskan that I am I wasn't going to let that stop me so I continued onward!
Ankle deep? No problem! Hip deep...well I wasn't running anymore but I did make it around the lake! Just another day on the rock I guess.
About the author:
Melanie Loughman has worked the past two summers at Knudson Cove as a tour rep for our charters. She is a Kayhi (Ketchikan High School) graduate and is currently attending Pacific University where she is majoring in education.
When the weather gets to bad for fishing and you need something else to occupy your time First
City Players can always be counted on to provide a good show. Coming up this year is our 51st annual showing of Fish Pirates Daughter!
Every year the community comes together to put on this silly melodrama about our very own little Alaskan Island.
If you aren't in the show then you will want to pick up your tickets soon! Along with a lot of laughs we also provide a salmon and crab feed before the show served by our lovely ladies of the line!
This is a play unlike any you have been to before, here we encourage you to boo and hiss at the bad guys and cheer on our hero as he rescues our fair maiden from the nasty fish pirate and his crew of drunks!
Performance Dates are: July 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, & 22
Located at the Ted Ferry Civic Center
You can call First City Players to get your tickets at 225-4792. You can follow First City Players on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FCPKetchikan/ to find out about all the wonderful productions they do!
It's been another busy year here at Knudson Cove Marina! In 2016, we remodeled and expanded the store, plus we rebuilt a 280-foot float section of the dock. We made local news with our annual Summer Solstice party, the Plunge for Peace to support local law enforcement, and with King Salmon Derby winner Misty Pattison. Misty also won the local phone book cover photo contest with a photo of KCM, and some other of Misty's photos made a local radio station calendar. We also made national and international news when we had humpback whales feeding in our marina.
2017 Fishing License Rates
Fishing (and hunting) license rates will increase in 2017. We sell licenses in the marina store, but you can save yourself time waiting in line if you buy a license online.
Back in November we had a frosty morning of 33 degrees and we thought that was cold; boy were we wrong! So far in December we have seen temperatures in the teens (the normal average temperature for this time of year is 40 degrees). Still no snow yet!
OPERATING HOURS: We are currently open 7 days week:
MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY 7:00AM TO 5:00PM
FRIDAY 7:00AM TO 7:00PM
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 8:00AM TO 4:00PM
WE WILL BE CLOSED DECEMBER 24TH AND DECEMBER 25TH
Planning to visit Ketchikan in 2017? Misty has been busy taking reservations for our condos, charters and boat rentals. Inquiries can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or filling out this form: CONTACT US
For 2017 we will have a new location for guests to rent: Captain's Suites Escape! These waterfront cabins with private dock are located 20 minutes by boat from Knudson Cove Marina (still within cell range) . There are three cabins total, which share a laundry shed. The cabins are appointed as follows:
2-BEDROOM HOUSE + TREE HOUSE CABIN (sleeps 5) $540.00/night
House: Full Kitchen, bathroom, fireplace, 4 queen-size beds, charcoal bBQ
Tree house cabin: 1 twin bed plus shower/bathroom
2-BEDROOM CABIN (sleeps 4) $495.00/night
Full Kitchen, bathroom, Fireplace , 4 queen-size beds, CHARCOAL BBQ
rent all three cabins for $925.00/night
Cabins will be rented to only one party at a time
"You'll need to talk to Misty about that . . ."
If you've called the marina to inquire about reservations, moorage, or fishing tips, most likely you've heard those words. There's a reason we tell you to ask Misty, and it's not because we don't want to talk to you; it's because Misty is our Knudson Cove Marina and fishing expert!
Although Misty was born and raised in Ketchikan, it might be more accurate to say she was born in Ketchikan and raised at Knudson Cove Marina. Born into two fishing families (the Northrups and the Pattisons), most of Misty's early memories involve life at the marina. Misty remembers living in the brown house that used to be at the top of the marina property, as well as spending hours upon hours out in the cove, wearing a life jacket and sitting (with her cousin Mike) in a dinghy that was tied to the dock.
When Misty was 14, she started getting paid for spending time at the marina. She rode her bike to work in the wee hours of the morning, then got to work setting up skiffs and fueling boats for customers. Little did Misty know that, 20+ years later, she'd be running the marina.
If you are lucky enough to take a class from Misty or have her offer you advice about fishing, LISTEN AND LEARN! Misty knows how exciting and satisfying it is to have a successful day fishing, and she enjoys teaching others.
When Misty's not working at the marina, she enjoys - what else? - FISHING! While she doesn't catch the largest fish in the Ketchikan's King Salmon Derby every year, Misty has caught numerous large fish over the years, and she feels happy and right at home out on the water.
THE BIG WINNER!
This year, Misty landed a huge (48.6-lb.) King salmon, and secured FIRST PRIZE in Ketchikan's CHARR King Salmon Derby.
While we are thrilled for Misty, we're even happier that she's our manager!
The next time you call to talk to Misty or email her with your comments and questions, remember there's a reason that we tell you to contact her. Misty's experience at and history with Knudson Cove Marina benefit all of us!
Misty: Knudson Cove Marina's On-Site Expert
Brooke: When she's not making us proud winning the state title as a shotgun trap shooter, Brooke (a junior) is the editor of the high school yearbook.
Taylor: This is Taylor's third year playing volleyball for Kayhi. A junior, Taylor also returned to the cheerleading team this year and will play softball in the spring.
Jackson: This spring, Jackson will play his third year on the Kayhi baseball team, which hopes to return to the state championships. Throughout the year, Jackson travels to the Lower 48 to play on baseball invitational teams.
Hannah: Winter and spring, Hannah (a sophomore) travels all over the state of Alaska representing the Lady Kings on the basketball court and the soccer field.
Dante: sophomore Dante plays varsity football. This season's schedule includes games against teams in Alaska and Washington. In addition to football, Dante is also a member of the high school debate team.
SUMMER'S IN FULL SWING AT KCM!
CELEBRATING SUMMER SOLSTICE
Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the summer solstice! The Rain City Band entertained us with their singing and instrumental talent, and (as usual) the potluck food was absolutely delicious! The kids had fun with the coloring contest, the sidewalk chalk, the hula hoops, and the foursquare games.
We hope to see you all at next year's party!
these t-shirts aren't just good-looking; they help local causes
Every year, the profits from our Summer Solstice T-shirts are donated to local scholarships and charities. This year, the proceeds from the T-shirts (over $1300 at this point) will be donated to the First City Council on Cancer and the Tom LeCompte Scholarship Fund. We sold out of our pre-order shirts, and have more on order. We'll let you know when the shirts are in the store, ready for purchase.
SPEAKING OF SUPPORTING LOCAL CAUSES . . .
Don't forget to follow Lloyd Gossman as he walks the entire 2200 miles of the Oregon Trail. Sponsor his walk, and help him raise money to fight cancer. He's made it to Idaho, which means he has about a month of walking left. Way to go, Lloyd!
Sunny May and Derby Days
We only had 1/4" of rain in May at the Marina, and we're not complaining! While we've had to watch our water levels, we've enjoyed the summer-like weather. Thanks to all of you who came down in May to enjoy the weather on our deck, our dock, and from the water.
The 68th Annual King Salmon Derby is off to a great start! With the first two weekends under our belt, we're looking forward to the final weekend. Will the 40.3 pound King caught on May 25th take the prize as the largest fish entered, or will someone catch a bigger one in the last two days? Come on out and try to catch the biggest fish; we have all of the tackle, bait, and snacks you'll need to get you through the weekend. Need to rent a boat? No problem; we can help you with that too!
Mark Your Calendars!
Annual Summer Solstice Party: Sunday, June 21st (Yep, that's Father's Day!)
Bring the whole family down to the marina on Sunday, June 21st, to enjoy a potluck summer solstice celebration. Please bring a dish to share, and your own drinks (or buy your drinks in the tackle shop and liquor store). As always, we'll have:
- limited-edition T-shirts for sale (we'll unveil this year's design soon)
games for kids
As we move through spring toward summer, our hours will expand with the daylight hours. By the end of may, we'll be back to our normal operating hours of: 5:30am - 9:00pm, 7 days a week
As the marina becomes busier, please be considerate of others by remembering to:
- Keep your dogs on leashes
- Clean up after your animals
- Dispose of your cigarettes in the orange buoy "butt disposal" containers
We rearranged our parking lot, and know parking can be tight. In order to accommodate everybody who wants to be here, as well as safety vehicles and buses, please consider the following:
Handicapped Spaces: Only park in the handicapped spots if you have a handicapped placard or a license plate. Please do not use the spots unless you have a person with you whose disabilities require the close parking;
Unloading: Feel free to pull onto the dock to unload people and gear, then park your vehicle in the parking lot;
Dockside Galley: DO NOT park directly next to or right in front of the Dockside Galley restaurant;
Towing: Cars that are blocking access for others WILL BE TOWED.
GEARING UP FOR THE DERBY
WEEKEND #1: MAY 23-25
WEEKEND #2: MAY 30-31
WEEKEND #3: JUNE 6-7
Are you ready to fish in the 68th Annual King Salmon Derby? Our store is stocked with tackle, bait, safety equipment, clothing, and snacks - we're ready to outfit all of your derby-fishing needs!
LLOYD'S TREK AGAINST CANCER
Moorage customer Lloyd Gossman left Ketchikan at the end of April to head for Independence, Missouri to walk the Oregon trail. His trek will take him 2200 miles, and his goal is to fight cancer by raising money through sponsorships and donations. You can keep track of his progress via Live In Ketchikan Facebook Page or get updates from local radio station KFMJ. We will be following Lloyd and look forward to seeing him when he returns!