Sunken Chris Craft at docks
Mike taking Scupper for a Row
Dave & Scupper practising Roll Overs
Wayne in the Kitchen at the Lodge
1/2 Olympic Size Hot Spring
Toys Left Behind
Three Crushed Boats in their boathouse
Last Man Standing
Cathy waiting for the ladder
Dining Area in Main Lodge
Remains of the BoardwalkBack in 2004 when we were last here, the Hot Springs were privately owned, we pulled up to the dock this time and it is totally deserted. The boardwalk is half fallen down and there is a big black bear wandering around the cabins having a feed. We all don our runners and make our way to the resort , half through the boardwalk and half through the brush. It’s a weird and eerie feeling when we get to the resort, stuff is still sitting on the table, the cabins are all neatly made up and one of the cabins still has rotten food in the fridge. But the “Piece d’resistance” is the Olympic size swimming pool that is a hot spring! The water is a great temperature of around 105 degrees and we are the only people there other than the animals. Things have been ransacked and all buildings are starting to show the signs of the neglect and there is lots of moisture in the cabins and main meeting area. Its such a shame! While looking through some strewn around paper, we find out that the owners of the place are Starky and Jean Olsen from Texas. We decide to spend a couple of days here exploring and we do some shenanigans with the hotspring by bringing up one of the kayaks and practicing “Rollovers” in the pool!
Another boat pulls up in the morning for a hot spring and it turns out its one of the owners of the Happy Bear tavern that we frequented when we were in Ketchikan. He fills us in on the history, the hot springs have been in existence since 1904 and the pool was built sometime in the 40’s. It was public until the early 1980’s when Starky bought it and it then became a playground for the idle rich. Something obviously happened in the last four years as we were told that the caretaker just walked away and no one has been on premise for over a year. Its hard to imagine that the disrepair has only happened in the last year! To top it off there are 2 or 3 boats under a boat shed out front that has collapsed and there is about a 36’ Chris Craft that has sunk and is visible at low tide at the head of the dock. Guess money doesn’t buy everything. There is still an ATV and four generators in one of the buildings, but the boardwalk has fallen down around the building so its doubtful that anyone will be able to come in to ransack and leave with these items.
Mike has been ranting and raving about this place and how a person such as himself could spend the rest of his life here fixing up the place and bringing it back up to standard and re-opening to the public. Good luck with that!! (says Betty)