On an island where berry bushes cover a vast proportion of the available lowlands, it's no small wonder that Kodiak Island Winery can offer top dollar for local berries. Though the sale of alcoholic beverages over the Internet is illegal by Alaska statute, the winery offers a virtual tour via its website and is open to the public for a personal inspection.
Sometimes Island is one of several small uninhabited islands near the town of Kodiak much trammeled by the locals. Depending on the tide, a natural isthmus ties the island to the mainland, or sinks beneath the Gulf, hence the island's name. The visitor can drive across the isthmus when possible, without fear of sinking. The entire island is open to exploration, but don't expect to find great fishing holes or brown bears here.
After the fish industry, the largest employer on Kodiak Island is probably the federal coast guard. One of its largest bases lies just south of town. While this is hardly a tourist attraction or much worthy of your notice, the helicopter crews and C-130 planes are often on exercise, so the novice can watch 'touch and go' landings and the normal cruiser operations along the coast and bays. Access to the actual base is restricted to official personnel.
Every couple of years or so I will plan a trip to the Portage on the Karluk River. I fly to Larsen Bay via the Mail plane and then get a ride around to the head of the bay and Hike in the rest of the way. It is a beautiful area and the trail is very easy to follow. And the fishing can be fantastic but one year the fishing wasn't that good as there was lots of rain the river was very high and fast!! Which made it impossible to cross the river!! There are usually a lot of spots to cross the river safely but not that year!!
Climbing Mt Barometer on a clear day can be an Awesome experience! It is not Mt McKinley by any stretch of the imagination but it is a great hike. There are a couple of spots near the top that are very steep. But if you are in generally decent shape you can make it. I took my 12 year old son up this summer. You can find the trail head just past the airport light field on the right side of the road.
Uganik Bay is an area that is inhabited by commercial fisherman. It is a tough area to get to. You would have to fly or take a boat. There aren't any hotels so you would either camp or make a local friend.
While your hiking or driving around Kodiak watch for Wild Animals. This fox was very friendly. But be careful they are wild animals.
As you wander along trails and around town you can see these faces carved into old tree stumps, Wooden posts, etc... Nobody knows who makes them but they are usually sad faces.
This was my shower and refrigerator for a summer in Uganik Bay! The Beer was cold but the showers were too!!! Actually the water tasted good too. That pipe was the all purpose aperatus!
Fossil Beach is at the very end of the road on Kodiak Island. There you can dig around in the cliffs and find fossils. Most clam shells and snails but it is very interesting!