Today the Pingree kids are a vital part of their business and if you find yourself wondering whether they long for a different life, well, just ask them when you visit … and once you’ve visited them in Uganik Bay you will find that you, too, have this longing to return


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The Pingree Family

David landed on Kodiak Island in 1980 from Newburyport, MA. As a member of the USCG he stepped off of the plane and his first thoughts were that he’d never want to leave… and he hasn’t! He spent a good deal of time sport fishing all over the island and then after getting out of the CG he began fishing commercially. Traveling the island, in and out of bays & passages, the wild beauty of Kodiak fueled his dream of living off the beaten path.

Pam was born and raised on Kodiak Island. She jumped at the opportunity to work in the office of a salmon cannery in Uganik Bay that was owned and operated by local Kodiak fishermen during the early 1980s. The Bay captured a piece of her heart and at the end of each season she left with an ever present desire to return to live there someday.

After meeting & soon discovering their like desires for remote living they married and spent the first 2 years as caretakers of the Uganik Cannery … while there they conceived their first child and moved back to Kodiak … a move that perpetuated 10 years of longing to return to the Bay. In 1998, 10 years and 4 kids later, they spent half a year at a remote site in Uyak Bay also on the west side of Kodiak, where they joyfully discovered that all of their kids enjoyed the remote lifestyle as much as they did. They knew that the time was right for them to move to Uganik Bay. Knowing of a perfect parcel for sale in Uganik Bay they acted quickly to begin their dream.

In June of 1999 they loaded the family & provisions into their 22’ aluminum skiff, bound for Uganik Bay, just 2 ½ hours away. It was one of those perfect Kodiak days, blue skies, calm seas and they were heading for the adventure of a lifetime. It took all of one year to clear the land and erect the buildings with the help of many friends & neighbors and adding one more kid along the way … the doors of Quartz Creek Lodge were opened … they now enjoy being part of helping others realize their dreams of Alaska!


David & Pam Pingree
Quartz Creek Lodge
Kodiak, AK 99697
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