The original village is located at the mouth of the Ninilchik River. A small harbor has been constructed near the mouth of the river. Many people gather there to watch the colorful commercial fleet come in at high tide and "off load" their catch or to enjoy the spectacular views of the mountains across Cook Inlet. There are also RV parks and campgrounds. There are actually a surprising number of visitor services in Ninilchik. Maybe it is because they are used to handling big crowds at certain times of the year.
The Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord Church was finished in 1901. It and the historic cemetery next to it are in a spectacular location on a high bluff that overlooks Ninilchik Village at the mouth of the river on Cook Inlet. When you look across Cook Inlet you can see snow-capped Mount Iliamna and Mount Redoubt. When you look to the north, you can see Mount Spurr. The church is surrounded by fields of fireweed, which were in bloom when I was there.
When Alaskan Fireweed start blooming, and as the flowers starts blooming towards the top of the stems.... the closer it gets to the top, summer is near the end...... I thought that was interesting, I'd always look at the bloom and see how much more time I had til then..
When you go fishing out on the ocean, first we check to see if the weather forecast calls for decent weather and seas under 4ft, and even then, it may change at any moment in Alaska, we are always prepared if that happens, well not always.... but this day was nice as you can see, BUT there were no fish to be caught.... but what the hay, it beats sitting at home in front of the TV>>>
This is what I was describing, when you go out fishing, a tractor pulls you in and out of the ocean... you call in by radio to let them no what number you were assigned that day, they go and get your trailer and pull you in.... the ocean is not deep enough to have a boat dock, and I believe they charge $20.
Can barely see me, but I was reeling in one of the halibuts shown above in about 250ft of water with about 4lbs of weight so that when you release the bait and hook, it sinks straight to the bottom, so you don't really want to have to check your bait if you don't have to... more then anything your arms are just sore at the end of the day. Halibut are bottom fish, white flakey meat, and they reel up like a barn door... This is out about 2hr boat ride from Ninilchik, that was the 2nd day opening if fishing season on Tim Bergs Boats. They have potty facilities on board, and bench like seats if you get tired of fishing, other then that better bring your own sack lunch.
We took a charter the 2nd day of halibut opening!! We caught some nice halibut. The boat went out around 6am out of Deep Creek, which is tractor operated... a farm tractor pulls you on the trailer while your sitting in the boat heading out to the ocean. That is my beautiful younger sister, the "real" fisher gal of the familly ;)!! The boat trip was an all day excursion, everyone on board caught our 2 halibut limit in about 250ft of water, there were porpoises in the ocean that day, and it was sunny.
Today's Ninilchik community of about 800 residents has a library, a post office, several general stores, restaurants, hotels, and campgrounds. These are mostly on the east side of Sterling Highway. The old, rustic Ninilchik Village is located west of Sterling Highway (ocean side). It consists of 10 original houses of Russian residence, including 1 store called Ninilchik Village Cache. In speaking to the store owner, 3 of the 10 houses continued to be occupied by the original Russian family.
The photo was taken from the small bluff next to the Village. It shows the whole Ninilchik Village of 10 houses. If you visit Ninilchik, stop by the Cache and get a map.
This Russian Orthodox Church was built in 1901. It's well-preserved and continues to be functional today. It's located at the top of a small bluff next to the old Ninilchik Village overlooking Cook Inlet. Buried in the cemetery behind the Church are members of local Russian communities in the past century.
I visited the Church in a sunny morning in May 2002. In the backdrop of the photo you can almost see the snow capped mountain range across Cook Inlet.
You have to go down a dirt road for quite a while to get to the houses, which are charming gingerbread looking houses but are all half unfinished do to a tax break loophole. There are plenty of Russian settlers who still dress in traditional way modern accessories, like a purple fringed suede jacket on top of a traditional blouse. Strange. It is not a tourist attraction with activities it's just a community.
A Quaint church but they respectfully ask for you to stay out of there cemetary.(This picture is 6 years old)