CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp. (CATC) completed its renovation of the Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge located on Fox Island in Resurrection Bay within Kenai Fjords National Park in advance of the 2010 summer season. Situated 12 nautical miles from Seward, Alaska, the day lodge hosts visitors throughout the summer traveling on the Kenai Fjords Tours day cruises. The popular lodge is often a trip highlight for visitors who come to enjoy the remote lodge’s spectacular views, wildlife, and all-you-can-eat grilled Alaska salmon, king crab and prime rib buffet.
The renovation allows the day lodge to accommodate 300 visitors at a time with an increased emphasis on comfort. The renovation features an expanded kitchen facility, a new gift shop area and an open floor plan where all guests can effortlessly view a large screen for the daily park ranger demonstration.
“Completing a renovation project on a remote island is quite the feat,” said Dan McDonald, director of marine operations for Kenai Fjords Tours. “The equipment and supplies for the renovation were transported by boat and the project was interrupted by a typical large snowfall in the spring. We are pleased with the results and the positive reviews from our customers, who enjoy the open atmosphere and convenient traffic flow of the new lodge. The demand for private events on Fox Island is growing, and several corporations have held private company events at the island this season.”
Kenai Fjords Tours has operated tours since 1974 and is a CATC subsidiary. Alaska Native-owned and -operated, CATC is the umbrella company for Alaska Heritage Tours, Kenai Fjords Tours, Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge, Mariah Tours, Prince William Sound Glacier Cruises, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge and Seward Windsong Lodge.