Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Quick Facts

Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve


(907) 235-4799

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Things To Do


150-miles south of Anchorage, the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is the largest reserve in the National Estuarine Research Reserve system, covering over 370,000 acres of estuarine and upland habitats. Rocky substrates intermixed with glaciers, beaches, wetlands, and mud flats, visitors can also watch marine mammals, fish, clams and other fauna. Take a leisurely walk along the trails, watch shorebirds, attend an exhibit, or go shopping in the bookstore. There is much to offer in this expansive area, rich with outdoor activities of all kinds.

Map of Kachemak Bay Nat'l Estuarine Research Reserve

Latitude, Longitude: 59.642070, -151.338043



Summer Hours from Memorial Day through Labor Day are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Research Reserve is open from September 7 - September 30, Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 1 through May 3 it is open Tuesday through Saturday, 12 noon to 5 p.m. and is closed on federal holidays. May 4 - Memorial Day Weekend it is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.



Start out at the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center at 95 Sterling Hwy.

Phone Numbers


(907) 235-4799