Soldotna to Homer
Soldotna is the central hub of the Kenai Peninsula and is located just 150 miles from Anchorage via the Seward and Sterling Highways. Unlike most towns in Alaska, which were founded during the gold rushes, Soldotna wasn’t settled until about 1947 by Homesteaders.
Kenai River Bridge
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is Just south of the Kenai River Bridge. Home to a unique Ivory Collection and wildlife displays. You will also find brochures, maps and information on local activities and events. The visitor center offers a fishing rod & binocular loan program. Open 9-7, daily in the summer. Also located within the visitor center is the Logo Shop with souvenirs, Soldotna logo apparel and more. 907-262-9814. www.visitsoldotna.com
While visiting Soldotna, stop by one of three open air markets to get a taste of life on the Kenai Peninsula. Tuesday is the Farmers Fresh Market, 3-6 at 33955 Community College Dr. Soldotna’s Wednesday Market is 11-9 at Soldotna Creek Park. Saturday is the Central Kenai Peninsula Farmers Market from 10-2 at the corner of the Spur highway and Corral Street.
Junction. Kalifornsky Beach Road to west, Funny River Road to east. Turn east on Funny River Road and continue for 2 miles for Soldotna Airport or west on Kalifornsky Beach Road to Centennial Park Campground, 176 sites in heavily wooded area on the banks of the Kenai River, water, tables, firepits, toilets, dump station. handicap accessible. Good salmon fishing area borders river near small boat ramp at end of campground. Fee area.
Follow Kalifornsky Beach Road for 3 miles to reach Diamond M Ranch Resort.
Ski Hill Road (turn off to the east). Follow 1 mile to Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. The center has wildlife films, exhibits and Rangers who can offer information on hiking, canoeing and camping in the Refuge.
Tsalteshi Trail System. Parking at the hockey Rink near Skyview High School. 9 miles of trails. The trailhead is behind the Hockey Rink.
Large parking area.
Rouge Lake. Fishing
South junction with Kalifornsky Beach Road via Kasilof – this road rejoins Sterling highway at mile 96.3.
Kasilof River bridge.
Kasilof River State Recreation Site. 25 day-use sites, water, tables, toilets, boat launch and fishing, in Kasilof River Fee area.
Access road to Johnson and Tustemena Lakes. Johnson Lake state campground is reached by short sideroad. 50 camp sites, toilets, water, shelters, boat ramp and fishing for rainbow. Tustemana Lake is 6.5 miles. 10 camp sites, toilets, boat launch, fishing for lake trout. Refuse deposit site.
Parking by Crooked Creek.
North junction of Cohoe Loop Road. Leads 7 miles past homesteads and ocean beaches, and returns to highway at mile 114.6. Crooked Creek State Recreation Site, 79 camp sites (parking lot style), water, toilets, trails and fishing.1 3/4 miles on Coho Loop Rd. When salmon are spawning, you can see them in the pools just east of the highway.
South junction of Cohoe Loop Road. Rejoins highway at mile 111.
Clam Gulch State Recreation Area and Clam Gulch Beach Road. 1/2 mile to beach. Clamming has been shut down since 2014, check with the ADF&G on the current restrictions.
Clam Gulch State Recreation Area provides picnic sites, shelters, campsites, water and toilets. Excellent view of Aleutian Range across inlet. The steep hill leading to the beach should not be attempted unless you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle.
Parking with view.
Ninilchik River Campground. 39 camp sites, picnic shelters, toilets, water, fishing and hiking trails.
Road toward inlet leads to Old Russian Church. Magnificent view of inlet, volcanos, beach and village. Ninilchik Scenic Overlook, this site offers both day use and overnight camping. 9 camp sites, water, toilets, tables, trails provide access to fishing along the Ninilchik River. Fishing.
Ninilchik River bridge.
Side road leads to Old Ninilchik. This fishing village was colonized in 1820 by Russian fur traders. Steeped in the history of early Russian America, it affords an unexcelled old-world setting with its Russian Orthodox Church atop a nearby hill, quaint fishermen’s cottages and log homes. Information signs tell the history of Ninilchik. Walking tour maps are available at local businesses. A trail leads to the church and cemetery on the hill. The road continues to the beach where there is camping, and toilets.
Ninilchik. Population: 883.
Ninilchik View Campground on a bluff above Ninilchik Beach; 12 camp sites, water, dump station. The Ninilchik, as well as nearby Deep Creek, also has Dolly Varden, Arctic char, and rainbow The Alaska Peninsula and Cook Inlet may be seen to the west, as well as the snowy volcanic peaks of Mt. Iliamna and Mt. Redoubt.
Intersection of Oil Well Road, turn here to reach public air strip, fishing charters, B&B’s and other businesses.
Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds.
Deep Creek North. located on the north side of Deep Creek. 25 camp sites, for vehicles up to 50 feet. Water, toilets, fireplaces, interpretive information and viewing areas are provided at this scenic location.
Deep Creek South located on the south side of Deep Creek.Day use only. Water, toilets, interpretive kiosks are available.
Deep Creek State Recreation Area, 100 camp sites in the park, water, toilets, boat ramp, fresh & salt water fishing for halibut, Dolly Varden, steelhead, king and silver salmon.
Large parking area with an excellent view of Mount Iliamna and Mt. Redoubt. Mt. Redoubt information sign.
Scenic viewpoint and historical marker. Across the inlet you can see Mt. Iliamna and Redoubt.
Bridge over Stariski Creek. Parking on both sides of highway. Not recommended for large vehicles. Fish walk and fishing .
Stariski State Recreation Site is situated on a high bluff overlooking Cook Inlet, offering spectacular views of Mount Augustine, Mount Iliamna and Mount Redoubt. 13 camp sites, toilets, water, shelters. These mountains are the beginning of a chain of mountains and islands known as the Aleutian Chain which extends westward over 1,700 miles to Attu, beyond the international date line, to the Bering Sea. No fishing available.
Anchor Point. Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce. Anchor River State Recreation Site. There are 7 campgrounds in the area affording over 300 campsites with tables, water, toilets and great fishing.
Anchor River bridge.
Anchor River bridge. Small Parking area.
Old Sterling Highway leads 8 miles to Anchor River Road and Anchor River State Recreation Area. This is a fee area with camping, accessible to RV’s. Anchor River Beach Road leads back to Anchor River Inn and the town of Anchor Point on the Sterling Highway.
Diamond Ridge Road.
Large rest area with panoramic view over the city of Homer, Homer Spit and Kachemak Bay. Easy on and off access to highway.
Homer has a population of 5400 and is located on the shores of Kachemak Bay, surrounded by glaciers and mountains. It is an excellent home base for great fishing, kayaking, bear viewing, hiking, foodie and art vacations.
The Homer Visitor Information Center
The Center is open year-round and has a very helpful staff who are able to help in planning local activities.