Gary “Butch” & Kathy King – Proprietors
Since 1996, Owners Butch and 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 bush pilot, he has logged over 12,500 accident free hours flying single and multi-engine aircraft in Alaska. Butch is a commercial instrument pilot as well as an FAA licensed Airframe and Engine Mechanic. Born and raised in Alaska, Butch is an avid outdoorsman. He has flown, hiked, hunted and fished all parts of the State, from the Arctic to the Aleutians. Butch starting his career as a camp boy at the Wrangell Mountain Lodge in 1966 and has come up through the outfitting ranks, performing every task in the outdoor business.
Kathy King was also a life-time Alaska, born in Fairbanks and raised in Anchorage. Her interest in the outdoors and in people led her to her earning Bachelor of Science degrees in both Biology and Nursing from the University of Alaska in Anchorage. When Butch and Kathy bought Wildman Lake Lodge, in 1996, Kathy left he job as a Register Nurse to join Butch in the lodge and outfitting business. They decided that the front door would split their duties. Butch managed the outdoors and Kathy managed the indoors. This included Guest Services; managing the kitchen, doing the baking assisting the chef. Today, She has a watchful eye on Wildman’s professional kitchen and hospitality staff, but her main duties include: guest reservations, ordering supplies and weekly fresh food deliveries, book keeping. 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, to enjoy the real Alaska, just as it was when their families first came to Alaska in the 1930’s and 40’s. When asked what they enjoy the most about owning and operating Wildman, they both agree: “We truly enjoy showing our guests this very special part of Alaska that still remains an untouched wilderness where the fish and wildlife are as prolific as they were when we grew up here in the Last Frontier.”