Deep Creek State Recreation Area

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Deep Creek State Recreation Area


(907) 567-3367

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Things To Do


At Deep Creek State Recreation Area, the halibut and king salmon runs at Deep Creek are legendary. Bald eagles are visible year-round, and sandhill cranes and other short birds inhabit the marsh in May. Watch whales, seals and otters while digging for razor clams at the beaches from Clam Gulch to Ninilchik. Extraordinary wildlife watching abounds here at Deep Creek, as well as outdoor recreation. Come and enjoy!

Map of Deep Creek State Rec. Area (AK)

Latitude, Longitude: 60.032659, -151.700335



  • Boating

    Launch is at Deep Creek Beach. This is where the creek enters the ocean, and also offers fishing access.

  • Camping

    There are 100 campsites to be rented. The limit is 15 days.

  • Fishing

    Clams may be dug during any minus tide, but a tide of minus two feet or lower is recommended for best results. State law requires that all clams dug be kept regardless of size or condition. Anyone 16 years or older must have a valid Alaska sport fishing license to dig clams. Please clean salmon at the river, throwing the remains into the river current. Halibut remains should be thrown at the low tide line on saltwater beaches. Discard clam shells on the beach, not in the dumpster.

    Follow Alaska guidelines for all fishing of halibut, kind salmon, and clams here.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    ATV's may only be operated on saltwater beaches. Children under the age of 14 must be directly supervised by an adult over the age of 21.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is available in the recreation area.

  • RVing

    There is a 35 feet limit on all RV's.


Open year-round.

Park Partners

Marine Services LLC

A private company that provides tractor assisted boat launching services at Deep Creek beach under a permit issued by Alaska State Parks. This service allows recreational boaters and charter operators to launch boats into Cook Inlet.



Deep Creek Beach is located at mile 137.3 of the Sterling Highway near Ninilchik. It is adjacent to the shores of Cook Inlet with excellent scenic views of Mt. Iliamna and Mt. Redoubt. A campground and day use area are located along the beach where Deep Creek enters the ocean. The park also offers fishing access to Deep Creek.

Phone Numbers


(907) 567-3367