Deep Creek State Recreation Area
Halibut and king salmon make Deep Creek State Recreation Area a popular destination for anglers. With two scenic overlooks, the area is an attractive spot for spending the night. Needless to say campsites at Deep Creek are often in high demand.
Located off the Sterling Highway near Ninilchik, the heart of the recreation area is adjacent to the shores of Cook Inlet and includes a campground and day use area along the beach where Deep Creek enters the ocean. Deep Creek Beach is among the most popular places for razor clam digging in Alaska. Just north of the campground is Deep Creek North Scenic Overlook, which also provides access to salmon fishing along Deep Creek. Just to the south is Deep Creek South Scenic Overlook, a day-use area with great views of Mount Iliamna and Mount Redoubt across Cook Inlet.
Bald eagles are visible year-round in any of the three units. In the month of May, sandhill cranes and other shore birds inhabit the saltwater marsh; whales, seals and otters can be seen offshore.