The 8 inch guns that were at Miller Point in Fort Abercrombie could pack quite a punch although they were never fired at an enemy. There are remains of two Mark VI 8 inch gun tubes as they were destroyed sometime after the war and left there. They were installled on special Shore mounts so they could completely rotate as they were originally...more
If you are interested in watching the salmon migration up close and personal go to the very small stream at the left side of Mill Bay Beach. You will be amazed at the size of the salmon (Late August - September) that run up this lazy little trickle! If you get close to the stream you will be splashed from the salmon! Check out my Salmon Run...more
This is where the pulic use covered picnic area is...There are 2 very nice "outhouses" Please keep them clean if you use them!! Don't throw trash into the pits! It makes it hard for the "Honeywagon" to clean them out. There is toilet paper provided but it would help the State Parks save money if you brought your own.
Miller Point is a good place to watch the Northern Lights but you will need to bring a flashlight as you will have to get away from the one street light that is there....and this means walking down a rocky trail. but your efforts could be well rewarded!! Another good spot is Mill Bay beach. Dress warm...bring a tripod for your camera...more
In the summer months from June until August there are Nature programs ran by the State Park people. The cover all sorts of stuff from Local Plant life, out door photography, Tidepooling tips, sea Kayaking and other interesting informational hands on shows! Save your Beer money and take in one of these cool Saturday night only shows!! They are...more
The best way to get out and enjoy the park once you are there is to walk. As the paths are not designed for anything else. (No Motor vehicles allowed on the trails). Most of the wet spots have raised wooden walkways to help keep your feet dry.
If you go to Mill Bay Beach on one of the Hot days you will be amazed at the amount of families that come here with Beach Towel in hand and bikinis on!! I've seen about 30 kids at a time swimming in the bay here. It's too cold for my old bones...I prefer the warmer waters of Lake Gertrude. I'll need to take a photo next summer of the Packed Beach!...more
There are lot's of trails and none of them are more than a mile or two long. So if you have family members that want to do a hike but don't want to hike all day this is the place to do some hiking! If you bring a dog he is welcome but the park has a rule stating that dogs must be on a leash.more
Well you won't have really worry that much about Bears in Fort Abercrombie State Park but they have been spotted here. Check around for signs like this and that will give you an idea if there have been any in the vicinity. If you camp make sure you keep a clean camp!! Don't invite disaster!more
By the time I had gotten MrClay to Fort Abercrombie Historical Museum it was closed. He needed a better tour guide!! hahaha I did the best I could. Sorry Mike!
Fun Alternatives: You'll have to come back again!!
This is the beach that is the hardest to find in the park as the access road is gated but if you are walking you can just walk around the gate...or you can take the trail that starts just to the left as you approach Lake Gertrude. If you want to get away from everyone although there is hardly ever that many people at once in the park this is the...more
There are Rainbow Trout and Grayling stocked in Lake Gertrude by the Department of Fish and Game so it is quite easy to catch your lunch! You will need very light tackle and very small spinners or single salmon eggs on a small hook for best results....If you want to fly fish you will have to wade out into the lake or use a fishing tube or canoe as...more
For the hearty bunch...(tropicdiver...kenmerk) LOL You can do some Scuba diving at Mill Bay Beach or many of the other beaches around. I'm not a diver so I don't know the quality of the dives but I do see people doing it and there is a dive shop here in Kodiak. There is a funny story that goes with this photo......I noticed the guy out in the bay...more
From the end of July to mid September there are either Pink Salmon or Silver Salmon that return to Mill Bay. You can use a light to medium weight tackle for the the Pink Salmon as they average 3-6 Lbs each and for the Silver Salmon you will want med to heavy takle as they can run up to 20 Lbs. If you're not an angler and you would just like to...more
If you do walk along the Miller Point Coastal hike you will come across a few different Secret Bunkers that probably were manned 24 hours per day during the height of the war which put all Americans on the edge after that worst attack on US soil in it's history December 7, 1941. The one in the photo is well camoflauged with the Spruce Trees and...more
The shores of the fresh water Lake Gertrude and the salt water of the Gulf of Alaska is only separated by about 75 feet at high tide. You can hear the fishing boats as they steam by heading out to the fishing grounds. This strip of Green is the seperator of Fresh and Salt water. I'm almost postive that some of the Huge winter storms actually will...more
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