The Lodge




Nestled in the Glacier Bay National Reserve, you will find a cozy cabin like atmosphere with logs on the wood burning stove, coffee brewing and three delicious meals daily. The rooms are comfortable and homey.

  • Fully guided fly fishing and (optional) waterfowl hunting
  • Three meals daily and snacks and refreshments always available (We're known as the "10 pound trip!"
  • Five (5) two-person bedrooms
  • Two (2) one-person bedrooms
  • Four (4) bathrooms
  • Two (2) rooms with adjoining bath
  • Wooden fire-heated hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Shower room (detached)
  • Wifi
  • Fly tying station
  • Entertainment center with a large selection of movies
  • Wii and games
Fish and game are cleaned and smoked (day 1 & 2 catch typically) and vacuum packed.

The location

Northern Lights Haven Lodge, just 60 miles SE from Yakutat, Alaska along the East Alsek River

Northern Lights Haven Lodge, just 60 miles SE from Yakutat, Alaska along the East Alsek River

We are located 60 miles SE of Yakutat, Alaska.  Guests arrive at the Yakutat airport and take an air taxi to the remote lodge, paradise in Alaska. 


Your host - Vern Schumacher

Vern Schumacher, has spent nearly 50 years building a paradise in the middle of the wilderness.  A place where he perfected his craft of bringing life long smiles to all people he encounters.  

His genuine smile can warm the toughest of men, and his problem-solving abilities ALWAYS makes you feel safe in America’s last untamed frontier.  


“I’m blessed to have some of the nicest and kindest people in the world as clients.   Each person has a unique story, and our staff and I feel fortunate to have added pleasure to their lives over the years.  No matter if you are an experienced angler, or a senior with special needs, I promise you, your time in Alaska will be life altering.”


getting there and What to Bring


Most anglers fly into Yakutat via Alaska Airlines and catch Yakutat Coastal Airlines for a short 30 minute trip to our airstrip adjacent to our lodge or nearby airstrip depending on weather.

Guests have to pack as light as possible to not overload the air taxi.  We have washer and dryer facilities at the lodge.  Do not bring any coolers as the lodge provides wet-lock boxes to bring your fish home in.

  • Chest high waders with no felt soles
  • Rain coat
  • One change of warm clothes
  • Slippers to wear inside the lodge
  • Any liqueurs you want (all beer must be in cans, no glass bottles)
  • 8 weight or 9 weight fly rod
  • Spinning rod and Blue Fox Spinner #4 or 3/4 oz Orange Green Pixie
  • Egg sucking leach, #2 hook on flies, and Clouser flies #2 hook
  • For waterfowl hunters we provide pump shotguns at the lodge. If you want to use automatic you must bring your own.

Call or Email Vern Schumacher for more information.


Nestled in the Glacier Bay Park and Preserve, Vern Schumacher and his father founded and operated Northern Lights Haven Lodge Fishing Guide Service in 1970. Giving tours since 1980, and providing commercial fishing since 1970 under a permit with the United States Forest Service. Northern Lights Haven Lodge was grandfathered in thanks to the Alaska National Interest Land Acquisition Act and continues to provide hundreds of anglers the time of their lives.