I find Kodiak a very easy town to walk around - especially the downtown area. All the museums (Baranof, Alutiiq, Wildlife Refuge Center) and many of Kodiak's restaurants, shops, our one local brewery, Russian Orthodox Church, both boat harbors, post office and the library can be reached on foot.
A self guided walking tour is easy to do. A suggested itinerary is available at the visitor's center at Pier 1 where the ferry Tustemena ties up.
If you fly in, the airport is about 4 miles from downtown and there isn't any public transportation. Safeway, Walmart are four miles away at the other end of Mill Bay Road.
Kodiak Daily Mirror This one is our local newspaper so if you want to read current events about the happenings in and around Kodiak. Kodiak Weather Cam
Take a look at this if you'd like to see current weather conditions. The quality isn't the highest but you'll be able to see if it's sunny or cloudy!!
Favorite thing: The town of Kodiak is separated from the spruce retreat at Near Island by the familiarly known "Channel," which is only a few hundred feet wide and only a few hundred feet long. Now arched by a bridge, commuters no longer need a boat to travel from one to the other. Despite its modest size and appearance, the Channel is a prime thoroughfare for the area's Steller sea lions, and in mid to late spring, the killer whales closing tight on their ranks.
Favorite thing: Though the island's website addresses the rarity of bear sightings on Kodiak's road systems, the same page warns that a bear might be spotted anywhere outside of town. Despite the legend that surrounds Kodiak's browns, the largest terrestrial carnivores on earth, there seems to be only one place in town where the legend gets any notice or billing. . . the harbormaster's office, which overlooks both St Paul's and St Herman's (on Near Island). This is also one of three places where signs say "Welcome to Kodiak." The other two are at the town square and near the Buskin River Road (by the airport, the main entrance for most visitors), for those who collect such memorabilia.
Favorite thing: I'm not sure of the exact numbers but the United States Coast Guard responds to hundreds of distress signals every year. Not all of them end in life saving rescues but many do! I have several friends that have been saved from sure death! They are happy that Kodiak is home to the worlds largest United States Coast Guard Base! This sign placard can be found at St Paul Harbor.
Favorite thing: Kodiak has many Childrens parks scattered from Monashka Bay all the way to Bells Flats. Many of them feature a basketball court, skateboarding park, swings, merry go rounds, slides ,sand boxes. Nothing real elaborate but nice places to take the kids to let them burn off some energy. Also at a few of them there are Barbeque Pits that make a nice place for a get together.
This mountain will keep you grounding if you ever think you might be getting lost. It dominates the town and skyline, offering a reassuring pillow for the Sleepy Town of Kodiak to nestle in. For a romantic interlude, drive to the top and peer down on the panoramic offering of sky and sea.
Fondest memory: This mountain is one of two places to sit atop for the 4th of July Fireworks... expect there to be a crowd!
Favorite thing: You can see the start line is painted on the road about 4 feet behind the bed!! Well..ON your mark ,get set, GO!!!!!! Boom!! This bed fell apart as they started to push it. And it ended up 4 feet away just because the team was strong! The whole crowd broke out with laughter. It took about 5 minutes for the crowd to quiet down and to remove the bed so the next race could procede!
This is part of the 1st Annual "Revived" Bed Race. It wasn't an event for several years but one of the hotels decided to sponsor it so it came back.
For the race a team would assemble a bed with wheels on it and race against another team. It was a pretty wild time. The first heat had one of the beds go into the crowd and come back out and smash right into a brand new truck!! The crowd loved it!!
In the picture is the hospital team.
Favorite thing: Going to a Kodiak beach is different then the traditional golden sands experience. For one, the sand isn't gold, it's black. There are no bikini's, because there are no tans to show off. If there are, for some strange reason, any bikinis, this just means that some German tourists are in town, so you can ignore them. Forget wearing sandals, you will freeze. If you really need to wade in the water bring along a pair of hipwaders, just like everyone else. That way if you get the urge you can also pull out your fishing rod and take care of dinner. Also, you will be fighting off the other 3 people at your beach ("Man! This beach sucks! Some family already got here!). Did I also mention that these people sharing YOUR beach will be fishing, target shooting with a huge unnamed gun, or 4 wheeling? This may turn out to be for the best, because if you are at a really good beach, and the fishing is excellent some Kodiak Brown Bears may show up. If this happens, the beach is no longer yours- it's theirs, and it's past time for you to go.
Favorite thing: If you love to fish and want to catch alot of Pink Salmon come to Kodiak in Late July and you will catch alot! This picture is of my son when he was about 5 years old and he caught those 4 Pink Salmon all by himself!
This is a wild place, dream it, plan it, do it.
Visit in the summer:
-You can lay out on beach blankets and make sandcastles!
-You can experience world class fishing!
-You can hike down old paths created not by park rangers, but by animals and indigneous people
- You can go Kayaking
- You can kayak out to an island (Kodiak is an archipeligo) and go camping
- You can sit on any beach, make a fire, catch salmon from the ocean and roast it!
-You can go out dancing and enjoy fine wine
-You can drive for hours on end!
Ask me anything about Kodiak, if I don't know- I will point to to the person who does!
Favorite thing: If you want some fresh Dungeness Crab you can buy them from the local boats for about $4.00 each. You have to cook them yourself but they are tasty!! You will have to ask locals if they know who and where they are available as it could be a boat in the harbor or a guy selling them out of his truck!
Favorite thing: The 3 Sisters Mountains are great for hiking! You can spot lot's of Wildlife in the this area! This shot is taken from the top of Pillar Mountain. The area is Lush and Green in the summer but this shot is taken in November.
I spent a summer in this Yurt. I was a commercial fisherman in Uganik Bay. It withstood 100 MPH winds! Except one night the top plastic sunlight dome blew completely off!.
Fondest memory: One of my fondest memories of my summer in Uganik Bay was my first day at work we had a whale go through our net and made a huge (Whale Sized) hole!