Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park

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Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park

Alaska

(907) 262-5581

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Things To Do

Overview

Alaska's first state park, and only wilderness park, contains nearly 400,000 acres of mountains, glaciers, forests, and ocean. Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park is a critical habitat area, supporting many species of marine life, including sea otters, seals, porpoise, and whales. Land mammals include moose, black bear, mountain goats, coyotes, and wolves, and the many species of birds that inhabit the bay include eagles, gyrfalcons, and puffins. Above the timberline, visitors will find glaciers and snowfields stretching for miles, a beautiful sight to see.

Map of Kachemak Bay & State Wilderness Park (AK)

Latitude, Longitude: 59.344779, -151.030960

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Activities

  • Boating

    Public Mooring Buoys are white, with an aluminum frame. An iron ring atop the buoy makes for easy tethering to a vessel. Buoys are rated to a maximum vessel length of 40 feet. Buoys are located at Saddle Trailhead, Right Beach, Halibut Cove Lagoon Trailhead, and Tutka Bay Public Use Cabin. Halibut Cove Lagoon Public Dock is an 80-foot-long floating structure, capable of mooring boats up to 26 feet long. The dock provides access to the Ranger Station, public restrooms, 2 public use cabins, and a major trailhead. Space is limited, and is available on a first come, first served basis.

    The bay is very rough at times. When conditions are poor, be patient and wait for them to improve, as they often do in the evening. Always carry enough food and warm clothing for an unexpected overnight. Always wear a personal flotation device (life jacket). Flotation devices are required, by law, to be worn by children 13 and under. If you have never operated a small boat in Kachemak Bay, please talk to park rangers about special precautions.

  • Camping

    Camping is permitted in most areas of the park. A number of sites have been developed that may include fireplaces, picnic tables, tent platforms, information, outhouses or food caches. Public Use Cabins are available for rent on a reservation basis. The rustic cabins are located in the Halibut Cove Lagoon, Leisure Lake, Moose Valley, and Tutka Bay areas.

  • Climbing

    Climbing is accessible from many of the trails in the park.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is allowed. Follow state regulations.

  • Hiking

    More than 80 miles of trails provide access into the park's backcountry.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is allowed. Follow state regulations.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is allowed.

  • Water Sports

    Kayaking, swimming, and other water sports are allowed.

  • Winter Sports

    Skiers will enjoy the miles of glaciers and snowfields.

Seasonality/Weather

Kachemak Bay is an arm of the north Pacific Ocean and is subject to severe and unpredictable weather. Visitors should prepare for a cool, wet, windy climate. Bring extra clothing and adequate rain gear.

Directions

Driving

Access to the park is by boat or airplane, as there are no roads to the park. Air charters, water taxi services, and boat rentals are available in Homer.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(907) 262-5581

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