Planning Links

To Juneau

Alaska Airlines. 

Delta Airlines.  

To Whitehorse

Air North.

Air Canada

From Juneau or Skagway to Haines

Alaska Marine Highway

Alaska Seaplanes.

Retreat Location

Echo Ranch Haines.

Haines, AK.

Fishing License

Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game.

Tuesday, September 24
11:45 am State Ferry Arrives from Juneau (Can also fly and drive from Whitehorse, YT (YXY)).
12:30 pm Lunch at Camp
1:30 pm Introductions, Fishing Overview, and Safety Orientation
2:00 pm Head to Fishing Locations
5:30 pm Return to Camp and Clean Up
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Small Group Introduction 
7:30 pm Iain Provan Talk
9:00 pm Free Time or Sleep

Wednesday and Thursday, September 25-26
7 am Morning Devotional (Optional)
8 am Breakfast and making Lunch
9 am Head out to Fish
4:30 pm Return to Camp and Clean Up
5:15 pm Small Group Meeting
6:00 pm Dinner
7:15 pm Iain Provan Talk
8:45 pm Free Time or Sleep

Friday, September 27
7:00 am Morning Devotional (Optional)
8:00 am Breakfast and making Lunch
9:00 am Check in with Small Group
10:00 am Iain Provan Talk
11:30 am Lunch Together
12:15 pm Depart to Fish with Luggage
3:30 pm Head to Ferry
4:45 pm Depart Haines on Ferry for Juneau
9:30 pm Arrive in Juneau 

Dinners will rotate through the seafood of SouthEast Alaska: Halibut, Fresh Salmon, Crab, and cold water Shrimp. Tuesday and Wednesday Lunches will be to go so that there is more time to fish. A hearty camp breakfast will be prepared each morning.

Alaska Fishing Retreat

for ECO Pastors


Registration (Includes room and board on site).  $500

7 Day Out of State Fishing License $45

Airfare (Look for Sales) $200-$800

Extra Baggage to get all the fish home???

Memories and Renewal  $Priceless!!!

The Alaska Presbytery invites you to join us in Haines, Alaska for a Study Leave Retreat and all kinds of fishing on September 24-27. We will be staying at the rustic Echo Ranch Haines Camp overlooking the Rainbow Glacier and and Chilkat Inlet. We will be primarily fishing for Coho (Silver) Salmon, but Chum, Sockeye, Pink Salmon and Dolly Varden and Cutthroat Trout might be caught; as well as having some chances to take a boat out to fish for halibut, pull up Dungeness crab and shrimp for dinner each night. While our bodies and souls are refreshed by fighting salmon leaping out of the river or ocean on a fly rod or spin rod, our minds and souls will be refreshed by Iain Provan speaking to us each night about our Spiritual Life as Pastors. 

Physical Requirements and Expectations

In order to participate in the adventures that are planned and the location we are staying, we require the following for participants.

1. Able to wade in a flowing river up to knee depth.

2. Able to get in and out of a boat from a dock.

3. Able to walk on uneven and rooted ground.

4. Able to walk a short distance outdoors to bath house if needed in the middle of the night.

Getting to Haines

There are two main ways to get to Haines, flying through Juneau, Alaska (JNU) or Whitehorse, Yukon Territory (YXY). Once you choose your major airport, you are halfway there.

If coming through Juneau, you have two choices for travel, Boat or Plane. The plane is a 35 minute ride. The only hitch is, they can't fly if it is foggy or the wind blowing over 25 mph and costs $229 each way. The boat is usually a sure thing in summer. The State Ferry departs each day at 7 am from Juneau and arrives at 11:45 am and costs $58 each way. 

If coming through Whitehorse, you have options of cars, boats, planes, and could throw a train in if you had the time. There is driving from Whitehorse to the camp in Haines. A 4.5 hour drive through the Alaska Coastal range. There is also an option of driving to Skagway and catching the ferry for a 1 hour ride through the deepest Fjord in North America to Haines. Or making it to Carcross, taking the train to Skagway, and then ferry or flying a SeaPlane to Haines. Many people make a whole trip out of traveling from Whitehorse, to Haines, to Skagway, back to Whitehorse as a vacation.

If you opt to do something besides Juneau and Ferry or Whitehorse and drive, please contact Ryan Mandeville to talk through your options. We can have the camp open on Monday night if you arrive in town early and there are hosts in Skagway, Haines, and Juneau that would love to show you around and might even let you preach on a Sunday if you were around.

Iain Provan worked at Regent College for 25 years, retiring at the end of December 2022. In his retirement he continues to serve the Church worldwide, by way of education in Bible and in critical thinking about contemporary culture.  

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