Live Alaska Recreation

It is common for visitors to become seasonal residents. The fishing, site-seeing, beachcombing, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, and wilderness can prove to be more of a draw than a two week visit will fulfill. As a recreational resident you have so much to enjoy on the Kenai Peninsula.


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Scattered throughout the commercial district are a wide range of restaurants and numerous art galleries. Few small towns have the culinary variety of Homer, where there are coffee bars on nearly every corner next to gourmet sandwich shops and fine restaurants. The art galleries along with museums, a live theater and music venues lend credence to Homer’s reputation as the cultural capital of Southcentral Alaska.

On the other side of the bay from Homer is Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Park, a 350,000-acre paradise of glaciers, mountains, protected coves for paddling and an extensive trail system to explore on foot. Kayakers, backpackers and campers hop on water taxis and to escape the bustle of Homer to an idyllic wilderness.

The Homer Spit, a 4.5-mile long needle of land stretching halfway across Kachemak Bay, is a hub of bustling activity during the summer. It hums with throngs of tourists, people camping on the beach, charter boats heading out to catch a record-breaking halibut, beachcombers, and birders amazed at how many bald eagles they can spot. This is where visitors book a fishing charter or simply rent a rod and reel to try their luck at the Homer Spit lagoon, fondly known as the Fishing Hole. King salmon can be caught here from mid-May to the end of June, while silver salmon run in August.

For more about Homer's Recreational Activities, visit the Homer Alaska Visitor's Guide. 
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Visitors to Anchor Point will find a selection of lodging, restaurants, grocery stores, a tackle shop, an antique shop, an art gallery, a museum and incredible views. On a clear day, four active volcanos can be seen from Anchor Point – Redoubt, Iliamna, Augustine and Douglas.  

The Anchor River begins attracting king salmon anglers the weekend before Memorial Day and then offers more excitement through the summer and fall with fisheries of Dolly Varden, silver salmon and steelhead trout. May to September, local sports fishing charter operators utilize a tractor launch on the beach to put clients on Cook Inlet’s big halibut, salmon and other sport fish.



Anchor Point is more than just incredible fishing, though. The area also offers birding, hiking, wildlife viewing and photography. Guided excursions available in the area include bear viewing, marine tours, kayaking, flightseeing, dog sledding and ecotourism. The Anchor Point beach is a popular spot to see and film bald eagles and shorebirds.

To reach the most westerly highway point, follow Anchor River Road (Beach Road) from town to its end, where you’ll find a viewing deck and telescopes overlooking Cook Inlet and a sign designating this special point.

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