This spot is known for its rich salmon runs

Located on Cook Inlet, the Ninilchik State Recreation Area is home to two campgrounds and some of the best salmon runs in the state. With a spectacular backdrop showcasing two active volcanoes, Mount Iliamna and Mount Redoubt, this area is popular for fishers and outdoor enthusiasts.


The recreation area is located near Ninilchik, meaning “peaceful settlement by a river,” and is located on the west side of the Kenai Peninsula, about 40 miles south of Soldotna. The town’s picturesque Russian Orthodox chapel is a highlight for many travelers driving along the Sterling Highway where the chapel appears on the skyline as a visual reminder of Ninilchik's historic Russian roots.

Settled in the 1840s by employees of the Russian-American Company, this charming little village is among the oldest on the Kenai Peninsula. Many settlers stayed even after imperial Russia sold Alaska to the United States in 1867, and decedents of Russian and Dena’ina people form the heart of the present community.


Ninilchik State Recreation Area is comprised of four separate units totaling 97 acres that offer a variety of activities, including camping and sportfishing. No matter the activity, visitors will be surrounded by beautiful views of Mount Iliamna and Mount Redoubt - both active volcanoes on the west side of Cook Inlet. The park consists of Ninilchik Beach State Recreation Site, Ninilchik Scenic Overlook, Ninilchik View Campground, and Ninilchik River Campground.

Two campgrounds in the recreation area are ideally located for fishing or to enjoy sightseeing at Ninilchik Village and the Holy Transfiguration of our Lord Russian Orthodox Church.

For more information, visit the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation Website:

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