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Alaska's Best Wilderness Lodge   907-235-8910

About Us

Founders, Michael and Diane McBride, may join you for a part of your stay at the Lodge.

Mike and Diane have lived in China Poot Bay for 45 years, built the lodge from scratch, raised their family and now enjoy working part-time with their children and sharing the lodge with their grand children.

Michael, a member of the Explorer's Club and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, has more than 45 years experience in the wilds of Alaska. He's a master guide, licensed skipper, bush pilot and has strong expertise in marine biology. Michael is a Nationally Certified Yoga Teacher. He has served as a Smithsonian National Board Member, a Trustee for The Nature Conservancy and Wild Foundation board member. The creative details of your cabin and the lodge have been hand-crafted by Michael.

He was awarded a Legislative Citation for Practical Activism. He is an Advisory Board member and pilot for Lighthawk, "Volunteer pilots flying for conservation in America” and a founding patron of Bateleurs, “Volunteer pilots flying for conservation in Africa”, and elected member Africa Game Rangers Association.

Diane's background in biology and Master's degree in Education enables her to guide you to full enjoyment of Kachemak Bay's abundant plant and animal life. Diane is a talented artist, and an accomplished gourmet cook, and licensed skipper. Diane’s leadership of the non-profit artists cooperative Bunnell Street Gallery showcases Alaskan artists and provides funding for art education in local schools. For 22 years she has co-hosted a twice weekly radio program “Kachemak Currents” on National Public Radio Station, KBBI. The program offers insights into “The ever changing natural history of Kachemak Bay”.

"We will assist you in what may be a life changing journey into the natural world. We nurture opportunities for your own self exploration. Our business is our love song to this magical northern estuary that we call home. It is our pleasure and privilege to share our home with our guests".

Our Philosophy 

We believe that a responsible environmental policy is as much a part of our business and life-style as our client's safety and satisfaction. Wild lands and biological diversity are threatened and disappearing quickly.

We hope to nurture a wholesome sense of stewardship, and make a small contribution by protecting some of the world's most biologically rich and beautiful coastline. We want our clients to experience the natural world, becoming a part of it, by walking softly and understanding the wonder of Kachemak Bay, one of the world's richest marine ecosystems.

The lodge commits a significant part of its income to environmental and conservation issues, including:
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
Alaska Conservation Foundation
Cook Inlet Keeper
Kachemak Heritage Land Trust

We also hope to implement our Vision for the lodge so that it might play a crucial role in environmental concerns both locally and globally.

Learn a Bit of our Family History:


Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge
China Poot Bay
Box 956, Homer, Alaska 99603
Phone 907-235-8910
Email: info@alaskawildernesslodge.com


Michael's new book,
The Last Wilderness - Alaska's Rugged Coast
life at the Wilderness Lodge) 
see reviews and order HERE

Follow Michael McBride
on National Geographic


National Public Radio Savvy Traveler Interview with Michael Mc Bride
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