Kodiak Island Things to Do

  • Monashka Bay and the Gulf of Alaska
    Monashka Bay and the Gulf of Alaska
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    head of Anton Larsen Bay
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    Visiting the Coast Guard Base

    by RickinDutch Written Mar 3, 2009

    Kodiak is home to the country's largest USCG Base, home to several cutters, a buoy tender and an aviation/search and rescue base. Over 5000 folks are based out of Kodiak USCG.

    I've been on the USCG base here in Kodiak many times times but I just called there to make sure nothing had changed (487-5555). At the gate they will direct you to the security office for a day pass. You do need a specific destination/purpose for going onto the base. If you were based here before and some time has passed, security will also help you find where you worked and lived back then, because you won't recognize much as it is always growing and changing.

    Just need a picture ID and vehicle registration/rental agreement. Good luck and have fun!

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  • museum

    by cynaddis Written Sep 1, 2006

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    its teeny tiny but seeing it is a must!!! im sure im not spelling this correctly but go to the aleutiq museum!!! its a great place to get a quick history of the island and they always have alot going on there! my sister has been going to kodiak every summer for years and is always a part of the museum archeiological dig, unearthing homes from the past.

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    Eagle's Eye Views

    by mrclay2000 Written Nov 22, 2003

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    Pyramid Mountain

    Kodiak Island is mountainous country for the most part, but many of the peaks overlooking the main town of Kodiak are accessible by footpath or primitive road. Those who wish to climb to the crests will normally face stiff challenges such as uncertain footings, wind and weather conditions, but nowhere else -- except from a bush plane -- will the island provide the eagle's eye view of St Paul's Harbor or the Gulf of Alaska. Barometer Mountain and Pyramid Mountain are a few of the most-frequented peaks for these pursuits.

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    American River area

    by mrclay2000 Written Nov 22, 2003

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    American River near Middle Bay

    The American River heads in the island's interior near Center Mountain, but empties into Middle Bay along Rezanof Drive West. Due to this fact, the river's mouth is often choked with fishermen, but the American River has the rare privilege of following the old Saltery Cove Road into the interior, an old navy thoroughfare suited only to 4x4 vehicles. This detail makes the American River suitable for both fishermen and hikers looking for an excellent insertion route into the interior.

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    Buskin River and State Recreation Area

    by mrclay2000 Written Nov 22, 2003

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    a quiet Buskin River, early evening

    The Buskin River is one of Kodiak's key waterways. Even though situated by the island's main airport, the river and state park enjoy settings in a primitive wilderness. Brown bears are not infrequent to the park, and with the Buskin full of summer salmon for both bushwhacker and bruin, the area is pregnant with activity and the expectation of imminent sightings. The headquarters for the Kodiak Island National Wildlife Refuge lie near the park's entrance.

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    Olds River area

    by mrclay2000 Written Oct 16, 2003

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    Olds River

    The Olds River lies roughly adjacent to the American River but farther east. The average adult can wade across it almost throughout its course, but spots near its mouth are eight or nine feet deep. A preferred spawning ground for Kodiak's salmon, the area is consequently favored by Kodiak's fishermen. Note the riverbed if you venture away from the road. The trees are a natural screen for brown bears coming to feed or drink.

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    Lake Miam

    by mrclay2000 Written Oct 16, 2003

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    Lake Miam from its lakeshore

    Lake Miam is another typical example of Kodiak lakes, but with a slight difference. Lying a few miles north of Portage Bay, the lake is a crossroads for rivers and feeder streams draining in and out. Hence the bear activity around the lake is heightened during the summer months. Marshy areas and forbidding vegetation help to reduce the level of human traffic, another alluring detail for the bears. In dimension it is nearly identical to Summit Lake.

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    Thumbs Up

    by mrclay2000 Written Oct 11, 2003

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    Thumps Up Cove, Chiniak area

    Whether you're into fishing or boating or general hiking, the Chiniak area offers some of the prettiest scenery and opportunities for outdoor activities within a short drive of Kodiak township. The island's winery, some of its lodges and several capes and beaches merely ask the visitor to make a hard selection from so many excellent alternatives.

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    Summit Lake

    by mrclay2000 Written Sep 11, 2003

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    Summit Lake (seen looking south)

    Summit Lake is typical of Kodiak lakes in its elevation and dimensions. Wedged midway between Kalsin and Ugak Bays, Summit Lake is about 2,500 feet in length north and south and about 500 feet wide. Connected by feeder streams to both bays, the lake is subject to infiltration by spawning salmon, which means that the lake and its network of creeks and rivers is known to the island's bears. Usually, the wide open nature of the lake makes it a crossroads only for the Sitka deer and the common fox, but keep your eyes open nonetheless.

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    Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park

    by mrclay2000 Written Sep 7, 2003

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    Mark VI gun emplacements at Miller Point

    Fort Abercrombie historically was one of several Alaskan military posts set up by the Navy to provide against a possible Japanese invasion during the 1940s. Since that time the area has become one of Kodiak's more popular retreats, offering tent and RV camping, ocean and lake swimming, and the solitude of the spruce forests and rugged cape at Mill Bay. The dismounted 8-in caliber gun emplacements and the still extant bunkers recall the original military purpose, while wildlife lovers can watch for seagulls and puffins in the local waters.

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    Monashka Bay

    by mrclay2000 Written Sep 7, 2003

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    Monashka Bay and the Gulf of Alaska

    Of an island where gorgeous coves and inlets are the order of the day, Monashka Bay takes its rightful preeminence. Where cliffs might make for a rugged coast, or forests beautify the terrain, Monashka Bay combines every element in one wonderful setting -- beachfront, dense forests of Sitka spruce, naked cliffs and forested slopes, and the deep blue sea of the Gulf of Alaska.

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    Mission Beach

    by mrclay2000 Written Sep 7, 2003

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    Mission Beach and beachfront mansions

    Mission Beach is one of the most charming of the Kodiak area beaches and is not too far from town. Fine houses, private craft of all sizes, and the occasional sea lion are familiar scenes on Mission Beach. Fishing is permitted but snagging is prohibited. The tides here appear to be among the smoothest on the island. Perhaps the one negative aspect of the beach is that the local highway forms its immediate rear perimeter.

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    Ruins in the Dunes

    by mrclay2000 Updated Sep 4, 2003

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    Fossil Beach with the inevitable driftwood

    Beyond the Pasagshak Recreation Area at the limit of the road is the so-called Fossil Beach, where old shells can often be found in the crumbling cliffs surrounding the area. This is a rugged zone, facing directly into the Gulf of Alaska, so the beach will blaze by day in the summer, but often sift under relentless gales by night. Whitecap waves in the sea and purple waves of lupine to the rear frame this isolated retreat, just another of hundreds of such beaches on this incredible island.

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    Pasagshak State Recreation Area

    by mrclay2000 Written Sep 2, 2003

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    Pasagshak River and Bay

    Pasagshak represents the ultimate extent of Kodiak's highway system. Comprising an area of about two dozen acres, this bayfront activity zone is ideal for camping and fishing, but especially the latter, provided you watch for the migrating buffaloes. The Pasagshak River flows into the bay not far from the road, so incoming salmon must all press the narrow mouth in order to reach their spawning grounds. Some locals however still view the area with misgivings. Being the farthest point away from town and still accessible by road, the people you hoped to escape will often wind up here, though traffic is seldom a problem this far from town (forty miles).

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    Cape Chiniak Area

    by mrclay2000 Written Sep 1, 2003

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    Twin Creeks (see herzog63's more dramatic photo)

    As part of the island community reachable by primitive highway, all parts accessible by road are proper targets for the Kodiak visitor. The Chiniak area is a small enclave with a few scattered houses, inns, restaurants and schooling places. The area is also highly forested with Sitka spruce, which very roughly marks this place as the southernmost extension of the true forest on the island. Watch for the several creeks in this area which offer excellent fishing and possible wildlife viewing.

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