Chamber Of Commerce
Ninilchik Chamber Of Commerce
P.O. Box 39164
Ninilchik, AK 99639
located on the Kenai Peninsula, Ninilchik is a beautiful 180 mile drive south of
Anchorage. Ninilchik extends north and south along the Sterling Highway from mile markers
134 to 138. Today the main livelihood comes from commercial fishing, sportfishing and
tourism. Many people gather at the Ninilchik small boat harbor to watch the colorful
commercial fleet come in at high tide and "off load" their catch or travel
through town to see the sport fleet 'catch of the day". Visitors to Ninilchik
will find everything they desire for a perfect vacation, with services for every need.
Trout, salmon and halibut
fishing excel here. Three main fishing areas exist -Cook Inlet, Ninilchik River and Deep
Creek - all of which provide a fisherman's delight. Tasty clams abound and may be captured
on the beaches during the seasonal low tides.
Two small streams, Deep Creek and Ninilchik River, provide excellent salmon and trout
fishing. Local regulations restrict king salmon fishing in these rivers to Saturday,
Sunday, and Monday beginning Memorial Day weekend. In August the silver salmon enter the
rivers. These fish are very acrobatic and hard fighters.
A walk along the beach to watch the sunset across Cook Inlet at 11pm is an
unforgettable experience! However summer is not the only season to enjoy here. Grouse and
moose hunting occupy fall months, as does silver salmon and steelhead fishing.
Snowmachining, cross-country skiing, sledding, skating, ice fishing and dog sledding are
popular pastimes during the clear, sunny winter days. Some businesses stay open all year
round and the real "warmth" of the residents takes the chill out of the weather!
Look to the south across Cook Inlet and see the distinctive cone of St. Augustine, one of
the active volcanoes of the Alaska range. To the north of it is Mt. Iliamna, showing a
wisp of smoke at times; farther north is Mt. Redoubt, which erupted as recently as 1989.
To the far north is Mt. Spurr, which roared to life several times in 1992. They're
beautiful to see, but not dangerous as they're at least 40 miles away!
Whales, seals and sea otters are seen in our waters. Bird watchers will delight in the
many species to be seen here. Bald eagles abound and are frequently seen soaring near the
bluff. Moose frequent the area all year.
Come stay, and enjoy Ninilchik!
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