Buskin River State Recreation Site Travel Guide

  • Hadji Jamela and Scott
    Hadji Jamela and Scott
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    Jamela trying to catch a salmon
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  • Red Salmon
    Red Salmon
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Buskin River State Recreation Site Things to Do

  • Spotting Stellar Sea Lions

    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!

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  • Sunrise

    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...

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  • Lake Louise Reflections

    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.

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  • Pyramid Mountain

    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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  • Beautiful Natural views

    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.

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  • Clarence's Fishing Hole

    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...

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  • Fishing at the "Pump House Hole"

    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...

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  • Kodiak Island National Wildlife...

    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...

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  • Fishing the Upper Buskin River

    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...

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Buskin River State Recreation Site Restaurants

  • Bake it at home!

    We quite often will bake salmon at home. We like to add Green Bell Pepper, Red Bell Pepper, sliced onions, Black Pepper, Salt and Mayonaise and bake until done!! Yummy!

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  • Fresh fish on the beach

    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...

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  • Salmon in the pan (After)

    This is what I like my salmon fillets to look like after frying them. As I write this in December and I'm hungry I think I've got to call my wife and ask here to take a fillet or two out of the freezer!!

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Buskin River State Recreation Site Nightlife

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    Bear Country Music Festival

    by herzog63 Written Dec 31, 2003

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    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....

    Dress Code: Come as you are!!

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    • Theater Travel
    • Music

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Buskin River State Recreation Site Transportation

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    M/V Tustemena

    by herzog63 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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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.

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    • Eco-Tourism
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Buskin River State Recreation Site Local Customs

  • My son and the Bear

    Here's a shot of my son with the Kodiak Brown Bear in the background. After this sighting our evening of fishing was over as the bear was in the same hole that we wanted to fish at. So we just took photos and left him alone to enjoy.

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  • BEAR!! At the Pumphouse Hole

    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....

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  • Kodiak Bear

    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...

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Buskin River State Recreation Site Warnings and Dangers

  • Fishing License Fees

    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...

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  • Foggy Roads

    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...

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  • Stay off the fish Weirs!!

    Due to liability issues you are asked to stay off the fish weirs!! But the technicians are more than happy to chat with you and answer questions!!

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Buskin River State Recreation Site Off The Beaten Path

  • Sunrise against Barometer

    Here I have the sun rising to my back and the red early morning sun is adding extra color to Barometer Mountain. This shot is taken right from the parking lot at the Buskin Beach. The trail up the mountain runs right along the left side ridge in the photo.

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  • Watch the Bald Eagles and seagulls feed

    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...

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  • Fox in the park

    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...

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Buskin River State Recreation Site Sports & Outdoors

  • Bear Valley Golf Course

    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...

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  • Hiking and views from Barometer Mountain

    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!!

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  • Playing in the sand

    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...

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Buskin River State Recreation Site Favorites

  • Big Salmon = Big Smiles

    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!

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  • Silver Salmon

    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!!

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  • Jack Salmon

    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...

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Stalking salmon with a fly rod.......
Local Customs
Silver Salmon with spawning colors
Favorites
Bald Eagles
Local Customs
Signing the paper on Pyramid Mountain
Off The Beaten Path
Climb Pyramid Mountain
Off The Beaten Path
Sitka Black Tailed Deer
Off The Beaten Path
You'll see families and their dogs
Local Customs
Dead Salmon.....common scene in August & September
Favorites
Bear Warnings
Warnings and Dangers
Fish Weir
Local Customs
Trails
Off The Beaten Path
Spawned out Red Salmon
Favorites
Frozen Hands while fishing..
Warnings and Dangers
Red Salmon Fillets
Favorites
School of Pink Salmon
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Salmon Berries
Local Customs
Bears........
Warnings and Dangers
Roasting Marshmallows
Local Customs
If the fish ain't biting ....skip rocks
Local Customs
Play in the fire and you'll pee in the bed!! hahah
Warnings and Dangers
Pink Salmon
Favorites
Views of the park from Pillar Mountain
Off The Beaten Path
Field of Daisies
Off The Beaten Path
Pink Salmon = Humpy
Favorites
Barometer Mountain
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Meeting friends at the Buskin River
Local Customs
View from above.......
Off The Beaten Path
Crane Fly......No danger
Warnings and Dangers
Mouth of the Buskin River at low tide
Off The Beaten Path
Huge Silver Salmon!!
Local Customs
Bugs!!!!!
Warnings and Dangers
Salmon in the pan (Before)
Restaurants
Teaching the kids about fishing
Local Customs
Fresh fish.......
Local Customs
Jamela fighting a salmon
Local Customs
Reeling that Salmon in
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Enjoying fun with friends.......
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Late evening fishing...
Things to Do
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