Meet your Hosts:
Gary “Butch” & Kathy King – Proprietors
Since 1996, Butch and his wife, Kathy, have shared the responsibility of operating Wildman Lake Lodge on the Alaska Peninsula, where you will find them spring, summer and fall.
Gary “Butch” King holds Alaska Master Guide and Outfitter license #97 and has been guiding sportsmen on the Alaska Peninsula since 1971. As a veteran Alaska bush pilot, he has logged over 12,500 accident free hours flying single and multi-engine aircraft. Butch is a commercial instrument pilot as well as an FAA Licensed Mechanic. Born and raised in Alaska, he has traveled all parts of the state, starting his career as a camp boy at the Wrangell Mountain Lodge in 1966. He has come up through the ranks, performing every task in the guiding business.
Kathy King was also born in Fairbanks and raised in many parts of Alaska where she has enjoyed adventures including hiking, fishing, and hunting. Her interest in the outdoors and in people led her to her studies of biology and later, of nursing, at the University of Alaska in Anchorage. When she and Butch decided to buy Wildman Lake Lodge, she changed careers. She managed everything happening inside the lodge and even worked in the kitchen as the baker and assistant to the chef in the beginning. Now, she has more time to enjoy conversations with guests and ensure that all their needs are met by our competent staff.
Providing top-notch accommodations and outstanding meals in one of the most remote locations for world class stream fishing in all of Alaska and with more than 40 years’ experience guiding sportsmen on the remote Alaska Peninsula, Butch and Kathy would like to welcome you to Wildman Lake Lodge, their summer home, for a week of fabulous sport fishing, “We enjoy showing our guests a very special part of Alaska that remains an untouched wilderness where the fish and wildlife are as prolific as they were when we grew up in the Last Frontier.”
Jason, Leslie & Peyton Semler – Co-Managers
Jason and Leslie work alongside Butch and Kathy to manage Wildman Lake Lodge staff and reservations. As Head Guide, Jason works hard alongside the Wildman guides to provide the best fishing experience for our clients. With a deep fly fishing, background from guiding rainbow on the Kenai River to fishing the road systems of the Parks highway, Jason brings extensive knowledge to our fishing program. Being one of our Super Cub pilots as well as a USCG Licensed Captain, Jason oversees day to day operations of our guide staff and will join you on most of your fly out fishing adventures.
Leslie is a one of a kind gal from Hunt, Texas. After spending the summer seasons at Wildman Lake Lodge, Leslie can be found in the office where she helps with reservations and preparation for the following seasons. As well as being a full-time mother, Leslie helps manage our kitchen and guest services staff where she oversees everything from our day to day menu to ordering and preparation for future weeks. There isn’t a single job at the lodge that Leslie can’t do!
Peyton is Wildman’s “Camp Boy,” “Wild Child,” and future bush pilot. Peyton is found most times down by the river practicing with his fly rod or out back with the guide staff soaking up as much knowledge as he can. Peyton’s favorite activity is tying flies on his vice. If you are lucky, he just might give you one!