As a sign along Sterling Highway proudly proclaims, Anchor Point is the most westerly point on the North American continent accessible by a continuous road system. A town of nearly 2,000 residents located 62 miles south of Soldotna and just 14 miles north of Homer, Anchor Point is known throughout the Kenai Peninsula for incredible scenery and around the world for exceptional sport fishing.
About Anchor Point (Dena'ina Athabascan: K'kaq')
Captain James Cook’s ship, the HMS Resolution, lost a large Kedge anchor while attempting to sail north against the hard flowing tidal waters in the area in May 1778. That event led to the name Anchor Point for this quiet coastal community, the gateway to Kachemak Bay.
Visitors to Anchor Point will find a selection of lodging, restaurants, grocery stores, a tackle shop, an antique shop, an art gallery, a museum and incredible views. On a clear day, four active volcanos can be seen from Anchor Point – Redoubt, Iliamna, Augustine and Douglas.
Things to do
The Anchor River begins attracting salmon anglers in early May and then offers more excitement through the summer and fall with fisheries of Dolly Varden, silver salmon and steelhead trout. May to September, local sports fishing charter operators utilize a tractor launch on the beach to put clients on Cook Inlet’s big halibut, salmon and other sport fish.
Anchor Point is more than just incredible fishing, though. The area also offers birding, hiking, wildlife viewing and photography. Guided excursions available in the area include bear viewing, marine tours, kayaking, flightseeing, dog sledding and ecotourism. The Anchor Point beach is a popular spot to see and photograph bald eagles and shorebirds.
To reach the most westerly highway point, follow Anchor River Road (Beach Road) from town to its end, where you’ll find a viewing deck and telescopes overlooking Cook Inlet and a sign designating this special point.