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!more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Well if you have confidence enough you can leave home with just a grill, some briquettes, and tin foil.....and hope like heck you can catch a fish in the first few minutes so you can put it on the grill!! Better to bring a bag of potato chips just in case!! hahahaThere are plenty of rocks around to build an fire circle to make a safe BBQ. It is...more
If you are lucky enough to visit Kodiak during mid-July when the Bear Country Music Festival is taking place then you should head to the Fairgrounds which is located just 5 miles past the Buskin River. There are usually over 100 musicians that play all kinds of music from Rock, Country, Pop, Blue Grass, Blues etc......It's a great time that is put on by the local Lions Club. There is music going simutaneasly on 3 stages so you can pick you type of music. It costs about $15 to get in for one day with other deals for weekends and families etc....
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One popular way to get to Kodiak Island/ Buskin River State Recreation Site is to take the Ferry Tustumena. It is run by the Alaska Marine Highway system. There are sailings from Homer and Seward several times per week. The fare is $57.00 from Homer and $64.00 from Seward. You can check the listed website below for exact information and other pricing for vehicles and state rooms.
On the evening of July 13, 2005 my son and I went to the Pumphouse Hole on the Buskin River and we were treated to a fantastic show of a Kodiak Brown Bear trying his luck at fishing. He was probably a 3 year-old and didn't seem to have any fishing skills except stealing fish. He stole one fish from the river banking that a fisherman had caught....more
There are several spots along the river that the world famous Kodiak Bear shows him/herself during the salmon season. The first one is located at the Broken Bridge which is also know as Bridge #1. But don't go there expecting to see a bridge because it's long gone!! hhahaha The trail to get there is located about 125 yards back up the road from the...more
Sport Fishing license fees: Non-Resident 1 Day Sport Fishing License $10.00 3 Day Sport Fishing License $20.00 7 Day Sport Fishing License $30.0014 Day Sport Fishing License$50.00 Nonresident annual sport fishing license $100.00 Nonresident annual hunting and sport fishing license $185.00 Sport Fishing License for the Blind Resident $0.25 Resident...more
Beware that the road from Dead Man's Curve to the airport can be quite foggy in the early morning hours. And in the winter months the road can also have "Black Ice" that is ice that you cannot see and is the cause of so many accidents on the Chiniak Highway!! Quite often it will be sunny in town but as soon as you go around Dead Man's curve the...more
In late October to November you can watch the Bald Eagles and seagulls feeding on the last of the Silver Salmon. They are the latest running of the Buskin River Salmon so they are the last to die in the river. The Eagles and other birds come out to feed on them. It really is all part of the cycle of life that the salmon are a big part of. A good...more
You can spot fox in the Buskin area as the feed on the trash left by campers (Please don't make a mess and leave it) and the fish carcuses near the river. We have several kinds of fox here. This one is called a Cross Fox. It seems like it is the most common type that we see here. There isn't any hunting or trapping allowed in the park!! The only...more
There is a beautiful 9 hole golf course located just 3.4 miles from the Buskin River Road. It is located at milemarker 2.7 on the Anton Larsen Bay Road. There is a clubhouse, driving range, and club rental available. Open from April-0ctober generally. In the snowy months it's a great place to cross country ski. Beware of the fairways that run along...more
Here you can see the runway of the airport in Kodiak. It really makes you go Hmmmmm...... when you get up there and see the runway. If you are flying into Kodiak and the plane has to pull up at the last second there isn't going to be time! You will be hitting the mountain!!more
Right at the mouth of the Buskin River is a long sandy stretch of beach. On a hot day of say 72 F or 22C you might enjoy kicking your shoes off and feeling the warmth of the sand! Or playing frisbee or other beach activities. On these "hot" days you won't be alone as half of Kodiak seems to escape the town and they pick their favorite spot to...more
If you make it to Kodiak and have an interest in fishing for Salmon I'll be more than happy to take you along on one of our fishing adventures! But be prepared to stay until it gets dark!! hahaha And if you are interested in fishing be prepared to have aching muscles the next day from the the battles with these powerful fish!more
Here is an example of a Fresh Silver Salmon. It is on the smaller end as far as averages go for Silvers. It is about 8-9 Lbs. But it makes for a great fight on a fly rod. Silvers can be quite acrobatic. Jumping out of the water trying to throw your fly right back at you or snap the line! I've had them to that many times!!more
A "Jack" Salmon occurs in all species of Salmon. A "Jack" is a salmon that returns to the river out of cycle...for example if the salmon was supposed to stay in the sea for 3 years it returned after only one year in the feeding grounds. It didn't grow to be a big mature Salmon. From what I've heard they are unable to spawn. But from I've read...more
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