Ninilchik State Recreation Area

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Ninilchik State Recreation Area


(907) 567-3367

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Ninilchik, whose name means "peaceful settlement by a river", was settled in the early 1800's by Russian colonists. They subsided on fishing, hunting, trapping and gardening. When Alaska was sold to the United States, many of these settlers decided to stay on. Some of the old buildings still exist in the Ninilchik village and many descendants of the old families still live here. Today, Ninilchik has become popular for world class salmon and halibut fishing. Mt. Iliamna and Mt. Redoubt, both active volcanoes, greet visitors to the area.

Map of Ninilchik State Rec. Area (AK)

Latitude, Longitude: 60.048818, -151.666431



  • Camping

    Campgrounds are available.

  • Fishing

    The Ninilchik River supports a good fishing salmon run. Please consult current fishing regulations provided by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for information on seasons, closures, limits, methods and means before you wet your line.

    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 of clam shells on the beach, not in the dumpster's.

  • Hiking

    Hiking trails are located throughout the area.

  • Historic Sites

    Come see the Ninilchik village remains, left by the Russia settlers.

  • 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

    There are picnic areas in this recreation site.

  • RVing

    RV parking is available.

  • Water Sports

    Walk along the beaches and swim along the river.



On the west side of the Kenai Peninsula, about 40 miles south of Soldotna on Sterling Highway.

Phone Numbers


(907) 567-3367