USA Waterfall Resort: Where salmon is king By Mary Pemberton / December 08, 2016 Share 1 The Waterfall Resort is on 52 acres on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska. Its 26 restored and renovated cabins were once used by salmon cannery workers. -- When I was invited to spend a few days fishing at the Waterfall Resort, I knew the fishing would be great, the scenery spectacular and the accommodations comfortable, but what I failed to realize was how much fun I would have.Being a practical Alaskan, I was more concerned about getting enough fish to fill my freezer. I needn't have worried. I came back with a good haul of salmon, halibut and lingcod fillets as well as a boatload of memories of the blast I had fishing with three other women at the Waterfall.For many anglers, the Waterfall is the place to go for trophy king salmon. The resort, situated on 52 acres on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska, holds its King of Kings Salmon Tournament each year. "What makes the resort so enjoyable for families is all the ways kids and grown-ups can share unforgettable quality time together," said Geoff Stevens, the Waterfall's director of marketing. "With all the outdoor activities, from hiking to a waterfall, spotting wildlife like black bears and humpback whales and experiencing the authentic history of our 1912 salmon cannery buildings, there's no video game that can compare."I stayed in one of the 26 restored and renovated cabins once used by cannery workers. The 258-square-foot cabins along the boardwalk have two double beds, a bathroom with shower, a mini-fridge and a coffee/tea maker.The Waterfall Resort offers fishing excursions and each year hold its King of Kings Salmon Tournament. Photo Credit: Mary Pemberton The Waterfall recently upgraded its fishing fleet and has 27 custom-designed, 25-foot North River cabin cruisers. The boats have heated cabins, air-suspension seats and top-of-the-line marine electronics.As expected, the fishing at the Waterfall was first-rate. We were provided with G. Loomis rods and Shimano reels as U.S. Coast Guard-licensed guide Darby Neil gave us a brief lesson on how to fish, all while keeping one eye on his fish finder, and then ordered us to quickly get our lines into the water. He showed infinite patience with a group of novice anglers as he baited dozens of hooks and maneuvered us around the boat when someone had a king on their line. If we weren't pulling in fish regularly, Neil would tell us to reel in. The engine would be restarted, and we would head to another spot to try our luck. The Waterfall is relaxed, with buffet-style meals. After dinner, guests often head to the Lagoon Saloon where there are comfy couches, pool tables and pingpong tables and large-screen TVs. But don't stay too long: Your guide will expect you back onboard at 6:30 a.m. for another day of fishing and a chance to get that trophy king. For more information, click here.