about Pike's Waterfront Lodge

Pike's Family

Pike’s Landing is an historic spot on the Chena River in Fairbanks. It is named for Lloyd Pike, who homesteaded the area under the U.S. Homestead Act shortly after World War II. At this time it was miles and miles outside of Fairbanks. Mr. Pike later sold part of his homestead to assist in the construction and creation of the Fairbanks International airport. Mr. Pike built Pike’s Landing in 1959, the year Alaska obtained statehood.

The floodwaters of 1967 washed the restaurant down the Chena River. In 1969 Lloyd Pike rebuilt the log structure you see today. In 1979 he sold the restaurant to Don Pruhs, who operated it during the colorful pipeline days. The story goes that Don Pruhs paid the mortgage with the jukebox and put his kids through college on the pool table money. Guy and Lillian Kasnick purchased Pike’s Landing in 1985. They created the fine dining room and added the 400-seat outdoor patio and atrium, open from spring until moose-hunting season.

The current and fourth owner owner, Jay Ramras, bought the property in 1999 and built the hotel a year later. The property has grown to include:

  • 180 room Hotel
  • Pike's Landing restaurant
  • 28 Cabins
  • Binkley Room restaurant
  • The Captain's Lounge
  • Meeting Spaces- Binkley I and II, Fireweed Room and Alyeska Board Room
  • Greenhouse with Hydroponically Grown Vegetabls (Summer Only)
  • Summer park, Bocce Ball court, miniature golf, putting green and river walk
  • Public boat launch

about the ducks

Lucky the Duck lived at Pike’s Landing for years and died after a happy duck life. Today, Jay raises Rouen ducks in the greenhouse in the spring.

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They are bred to be flightless, but still love the water. When it is warm enough outside, the ducks move to the Lucky Duck Hotel. It is rumored they even have wireless duck Internet by the pond but wisely do not use it as they relax, watching the river roll by on those warm summer Fairbanks days and nights.


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Rachel from Anchorage: "This property is so wonderful, and kudos to Jay and staff for making it so. It has grown a lot since I started coming here and everything is perfect and well though out. I love the amenities- from the make up remover to the make up mirror in the bathroom."

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