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Description - *This information provided by Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation*

Homesteading began in the Anchor River area in the early 1900's. They came from Homer, to the south, and Kenai and Ninilchik, to the north, and survived by hunting, fishing, and farming. They were a hardy lot and many of them and their descendants still live in the area.

Wildlife abounds around the Anchor River, with moose, beaver, mink, bald eagles and a variety of ducks along the river, and harbor seals, sea otters, and beluga whales near shore in Cook Inlet.

Across Cook Inlet from Anchor Point three of seven volcanoes bordering the inlet can be seen. To the south, Mount Augustine, then Mount Iliamna, and Mount Redoubt to the north. Mount Augustine’s last eruption was in March 1986; Mount Redoubt’s latest eruption was in April 1990. No eruption of Mount Iliamna has ever been recorded.

Anchor Point, where Anchor River State Recreation Area is located, is the most westerly point on the U.S. Highway System.

Attractions - The Anchor River is one of Alaska’s premier fishing areas. Please consult current fishing regulations provided by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for information on seasons, closures, limits, and methods and means before you wet your line.

Recreation - The Anchor River supports runs of king, silver, and pink salmon, as well as Dolly Varden and steelhead.

The king salmon run is the most popular fishery. The run begins in late May and peaks in the second week in June. Flies, spinners, and salmon eggs are the most popular methods for catching the king of salmon.

Dolly Varden begins running early in July and continues throughout the summer. Flies, spinners, and salmon eggs work best for catching this species of char.

Pink Salmon runs begin in mid-July and run into August. Larger runs of pink salmon occur on even numbered years. Flies and spinners work best for catching these salmon.

Silver salmon begin running at the end of July and run until the beginning of September. Salmon eggs, spinners and flies are used for catching silvers, with salmon eggs being the most popular.

Steelhead runs begin in late August and continue into October. This aggressive and prized fish is pursued by the hardiest of anglers with fly fishing being the most popular and successful method.

Climate - The climate in Alaska varies with terrain and region. The south-central region of the state is most temperate because it is protected from cold northern winds by the Alaska Range. The large bodies of water that lies closely to this area create a stabilizing factor for the air temperature. Southeast Alaska is wet. An average of 80 inches of rain comes to this region directly from the Gulf of Alaska.

In contrast to the southeastern region, the interior receives very little precipitation. The winters are long in this region with spring, summer and fall taking place from May through September. The western coast of Alaska experiences long, cold winters and short, chilly summers. This area is very far north and at the mercy of huge water bodies that don't warm. Southwestern Alaska experiences foggy, wet summers with high temperatures reaching 60 degrees F. Winters are severe on this long peninsula of land with storms rising from the surrounding waters frequently. The average rainfall for the region is 75 inches/year.

Location - Near Anchor Point

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Contact Information:
Alaska State Parks Kenai Area Office, PO Box 1247 , Soldotna, AK, 99669, Phone: (907)262-5581

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Anchor River State Recreation Area - Official Site of Anchor River State Recreation Area


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