HISTORY


Eagle Pointe Lodge got its start in 1986 on an old cannery site. Built on the mainland, the lodge was then dismantled and the logs loaded onto a barge in the order they would be offloaded. Amid inclement weather and the complexities of building on a remote island, construction took six years. Since then, Eagle Pointe Lodge has changed ownership twice and undergone many enhancements. Here's a brief history of the area and the lodge.

1800s

1825
As a result of the 1825 Treaty, the as-yet-unnamed Wales Island is considered part of Alaska and therefore belongs to Russia

1867
The United States purchases Alaska

1871
Wales Island gets named after William Wales, the astronomer on Captain James Cook’s 1772-1775 Resolution voyage

1900s

1902
Wales Island Canning Company builds a cannery on the north side of the island

1903
The Boundary Treaty is finalized, establishing Wales Island as part of Canada

1925
The Canadian Fishing Company purchases the cannery

1949
The Canadian Fishing Company closes the plant, and the site becomes a boat and net station servicing the fleet on the northern fishing grounds

1961
Only the warehouse and less than two dozen structures remain on the site, left to be demolished or become derelict

1986
The land is purchased and construction of Eagle Pointe Lodge begins

1992
Construction is complete

1997
The lodge changes ownership

2000s

2008/2009
A fleet of Skagit Orcas is purchased

2009
The lodges changes ownership again

Winter 2009
Wells for clean drinking water are installed

Winter 2009/Spring 2010
The dock, its buildings and its pilings are built

Spring 2010
The aluminum walkway from the main lodge steps to the dock buildings is added

May 2011
Anticipated completion of a 5-room addition to main lodge

Summer 2011
Main lodge renovations completed and gazebo and walkway constructed

Winter 2013
Additional main lodge renovations continue with bathroom remodeling and interior upgrades through the lodge.

Winter 2014
New front patio and Jacuzzi hot tub have been installed. A sauna has also be added under the new patio. Various interior and exterior upgrades continue to the lodge for a superior guest experience.