Anchor Point Alaska Coastline
Photo Credit: ATIA, Brian Adams

Anchor Point

Anchor Point

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.


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.

Visitors to Anchor Point will find a selection of restaurants, grocery stores, a tackle shop, an antique shop, an art gallery, a museum, and incredible views. Lodging options include lodges, cabins, an RV park, and campground. On a clear day, four active volcanos can be seen from Anchor Point – Redoubt, Iliamna, Augustine, and Douglas.      


The Anchor River begins attracting salmon anglers in early May and then offers more excitement through the summer and fall with fishing for Dolly Varden, silver salmon, and steelhead trout. May to September, local sports fishing charter operators utilize a tractor on the beach to launch boats to fish for Cook Inlet’s big halibut, salmon, and other sport fish. 

Anchor Point offers more than just incredible fishing, though. The area also offers birding, hiking, wildlife viewing, and photography. Guided excursions available in the area include bear viewingmarine tours, kayakingflightseeing, and dog sledding. 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 with telescopes overlooking Cook Inlet and a sign designating this special point.


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