Quite often you can spot Stellar Sea Lions right at the mouth of the Buskin River or even swimming along the beach. They are waiting and fishing for the various species of Salmon that come into the river. You can hear them breathing on calm mornings. They are not quiet breathers!! haha Phweshewwwwwww!! Or something like that!
Hopefully if you visit the Buskin River you'll wake up early to catch the sunrise. There can be some wonderful sunrises. Also along the river in September and October there can be some wonderful sunrises coming up through the morning fog that sometimes hangs over the river. I have a cool photo of a friend fishing in the fog with the sun coming up behind him but I can' t find it!!
Directly in front of the Buskin River Beach Access Road you'll see Lake Louise. Early mornings you can get some wonderful reflection photos. But you gotta be there early as a light breeze comes up everyday by mid-morning.
There are so many wonderful views over the river. This one is right near the end of the road before you get to the beach. So if you go to the beach you cannot miss this one unless your eyes are closed!! There are also 2 good fishing holes in the picture!! Both are the bends in the river.
This can be found at about one half a mile into the park on the second right you can take as you drive in. There is a parking area and it makes a great place to view salmon (in season) as it's built up right next to the river. There is a picnic table here too. I'm not sure of the story of who Clarence is/was. But I also enjoy fishing in front of the the viewing deck after a good rain as the river is quite wide in this area so it can be shallow if we haven't been having much rain. After the pink salmon have spawed and died it can also be a very stinky area while the dead carcuses wait for the September rains!!
The Pump House Hole is quite famous amongst the local fisherman. It is a short deep hole in the river that the salmon stop to rest in on their migration to the lake. It is at about the halfway point on the river and is at the top of about a 200 yard stretch of very fast water. So the salmon are quite tired after going up that stretch and they stop at the Pump House Hole to rest before continuing on. It is very popular of Red Salmon and Silver Salmon. But the downfall is that it is too popular so it can be very crowded even very early in the morning! I usually only go here on rainy days when the wimps stay home!! hahah My son and I got lucky on the morning that we have pictured here. It was pouring rain all the way on our drive to the river but it stopped when we arrived so we hiked to the hole and had it all to ourselves!! We both caught 2 fresh Red Salmon that morning!! To get to the Pump House Hole drive down the Buskin River access Road for about one-fourth of a mile and take the first right. You will come to an old bridge. You will have to park your car here and walk past the big boulders placed in the road. It is about a quarter of a mile walk to get to the hole. Keep your eyes open for Bears in the area as they are spotted here frequently!!
Just a couple of hundred yards after you turn off the Chiniak Highway at mile 4.0 onto the Buskin River access road you will see the Kodiak Island National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters on the left. The hours vary from season to season. In the summer months it is open 7 days a week and in the winter it is scaled back to 5 days.
You can watch free videos on all of the wildlife that Kodiak has to offer in the video room. They have the best videos!! You can get some great information that you might need for entering into the refuge. The building itself is in a nice setting and has a sod roof. Most people that visit always ask about the Bears!
Only 6 of the animals that currently reside here are actually native to Kodiak Island and they are Kodiak Brown Bear, red fox, river otter, short-tailed weasel, little brown bat, and tundra vole . All of the others have been introduced my man!
If you want to escape the crowds of the mouth of the river you might try fishing some of the Upper parts of the river. There are different "hot spots" for fishing that change during the season. This stretch of river is one of our favorites. If the fish aren't biting you can always enjoy the wonderful views of Barometer Mountain and the sounds of the gurgling river.
During the months of July , August and September you can enjoy fishing for Pink Salmon or Silver Salmon in the lagoon that is located to the right of the parking lot right at the mouth of the Buskin River. Using spinners or flies is the best for catching salmon. You can also spot many birds in this area too as there nesting ducks and that live here!! This photo is taken around 10 Pm in August.
At the headwaters of the Buskin Lake you have some nice views of Pyramid Mountain Barometer mountain and it's from this angle you can see why Pyramid Mountain has it's name.
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