Kachemak Bay State Park

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Kachemak Bay State Park is located across the bay from Homer, Alaska approximately 200 miles south of Anchorage, Alaska. Within the park you will find all of the natural wonder that Alaska is known for. Mountains, glaciers, intricate rock formations, forests and ocean provide exceptional opportunities for wildlife viewing and natural scenery.

Kachemak Bay State Park covers over 400,000 acres with almost every outdoor activity imaginable. The bay itself offers observable marine life such as whales, seals, porpoise and sea otters. On land you will find black bear, moose, goats, coyotes and much more. In the air you may see eagles, puffins and falcons. The only access to the park is by air or sea and there are plenty of commercial rentals to take you across.

Hiking in Kachemak

There are over twenty-five miles of hiking trails that lead to the parks back country. The trails range from beginner to advanced (easy to difficult). Like many hiking areas in Alaska hikers should be prepared for inclement and sometimes unpredictable weather. The average temperature in the park during the summer ranges from 45 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit and rain is always possible. Layered clothing and waterproof hiking accessories are always a good idea when hiking in Alaska.

Always use the trail registers that are available. These registers will assist the Park Rangers in case of and emergency and will provide a written record of the trip plan. If you plan on spending the night in the park make sure and hang all food approximately 15 feet above the ground, well out of reach of bears.

Cabin Rentals at Kachemak

There are public use cabins available for rent in Kachemak Bay State Park. The rental cabins are located in Halibut Cove Lagoon, Leisure Lake, Moose Valley and Tutka Bay. Many of the rental cabins have close access to hiking trails and fishing. In Halibut Cove the cabins are located near the Halibut Cove Lagoon Ranger Station and the Station maintains a full staff throughout the summer (mid-May through late-August)

Fishing at Kachemak

This area of Alaska is well known for King Salmon and Halibut fishing and the fishing is best in the summer months between May and June. There are many boat rentals that leave out of Homer and Kachemak Bay State Park. The local charters also provide tackle if needed and will also fillet and pack the fish for you at the end of the day. Depending on your fishing experience, you may not be used to the size of these fish. Halibut for example can weigh over 300 pounds so its important to understand just how much fish you will be brining back. There is also other smaller fish to go after, including rockfish and lingcod.

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