Mike & Lisa Carlson own and operate Larsen Bay
Lodge. It is the oldest hunting and fishing operation in Larsen Bay,
Alaska. Mike’s dad, Frank Carlson actually opened the lodge in 1979.
Frank was born in the nearby village of Karluk and was raised in
Larsen Bay, (which today has a population of about 70 people). He
met Mike’s mother, Jeanne in Washington State on his way to serve
our country in the Korean War. After the war Frank brought his bride
back to Larsen Bay where they lived for the rest of their lives.
Frank was well respected and served in the local community for many
years as Mayor and President of the Tribal Council.
Mike’s Mom and Dad developed in Mike a strong sense of place and
appreciation for this beautiful and rugged corner of the world. Mike
grew up hunting and fishing in the mountains, lakes, rivers, and
saltwater bays surrounding Larsen Bay. At the early age of 15, Mike
was already helping transport and guide hunters for his Dad.
In later years Mike bought his own commercial fishing vessel and
in the off-season began fishing commercially for salmon and
participating in what is commonly accepted as “The Most Dangerous
Occupation in the World” – crabbing during the winter months in the
harsh and unforgiving Alaskan waters.
Mike actually took over operation of the Larsen Bay Lodge from
his ailing father in 1990. During the intervening years, Mike has
transformed the lodge from a small 6 client lodge to a beautiful
beachfront complex consisting of 2 main lodges and 2 waterfront
cabins that can now accommodate up to 28 people. All the support
facilities have grown with the lodge as well, including kitchens,
skinning shed, maintenance shop and guide’s quarters.
Mike is a Registered Big Game Guide in the State of Alaska and
like his father continues to give back to his community. He has
served on the City Council and the Tribal Council for 7 years. He
also supports the Elders by subsistence hunting for them. In
addition, all excess fish and game from the lodge is given to the
Mike is a Shareholder in the surrounding Koniag Native Corporation
which gives Larsen Bay Lodge access to native lands where outsiders
are not permitted. He has also been involved in meetings with The
Alaska Dept. of Game and Fish, as well as the Kodiak National
Wildlife Refuge personnel as those agencies administer invaluable
management of the wildlife resources and habitat found on Kodiak
Mike married his wife Lisa on December 10, 1994. They have two
beautiful children. Their daughter Shelby is 15 (going on 21,
according to Mike!), and their son Frankie who is 13, is following
in his father’s footsteps. Both enjoy the outdoors and all the
opportunities found on Kodiak Island!
This is family operation with a rich heritage in the local
region. It is destination where you and your friends and family will
feel at home. No other operator knows the area or has the close ties
to the land and its people that Mike does.
Being the oldest operation in Larsen Bay has its advantages.
Larsen Bay Lodge is located on the choicest real estate in the area.
The lodge is not squeezed onto a small lot but has extensive
waterfront property overlooking beautiful Uyak Bay. It is a common
sight and sound to see and hear whales blowing in the bay and
experience the most incredible sunrises! Simply put, there is no
better view in all of Larsen Bay.
While other lodges are just getting their feet
wet, Larsen Bay Lodge has set the standard for
experience and customer satisfaction. Come be a part
as each day a new page is written in the ongoing
history and heritage of Larsen Bay Lodge. Make plans
now to experience the adventure!