The Coastal Classic train runs between Anchorage and the town of Seward—a four-hour trip that’s the most beautiful along the entire Alaska Railroad. You’ll see Turnagain Arm as the train departs Anchorage, then a panorama of mountains, glaciers, lakes, and streams. You may even see wildlife like Dall sheep, Beluga whales, moose, bear, and more!
- Day Trip from Anchorage: Seward, Girdwood
- Multi-Day Trip from Anchorage: Overnight Seward, or add a stop in Girdwood
Quartz Creek campground is situated on the banks of sparkling Kenai Lake. This is a great spot to cool off on a hot day. Kenai Lake has a good sandy swimming beach and a trail that follows along nearby Quartz Creek. Cast your line for some awesome fly-fishing at the creek or look for the nearby horse stable for a scenic ride. If you want to try your hand at gold panning, head up the road to Crescent Creek campground. Here you'll find a quiet spot for some good fishing at Crescent Creek and Crescent Lake. Both campgrounds offer maintained sites, fire rings and flush toilets.
Mid April to September
Homer is the halibut capital of Alaska, and this longtime charter company offers a blue-chip way to get to the fish. They have high-quality boats, experienced captains, and enthusiastic crews—as well as an inside line on finding halibut, rock fish and silver salmon. But they also offer a variety of other ways to enjoy the waters off Kachemak Bay, from wildlife cruising to paddling a kayak or hiking in Kachemak Bay State Park.
Hop on board the all-season Missing Lynx and Lost Lynx, the vessels bound for whatever Seward Ocean Excursion suits your fancy. Want to whale watch, see glaciers, go bird watching or just check out hidden coves? Captains Bixler and Krystin McClure will help your small group plan an outing catered to your preferences. No matter the season, you can always catch some excitement in Resurrection Bay!
Mako’s Water Taxi is an affordable way of getting from Homer to the many interesting destinations across the bay, from hiking and camping hot spots to the charming village of Seldovia. The service basically runs year-round during daylight hours; you just schedule the drop-off and pick-up times. To make a day of your adventure, book one of Mako’s packages that coincides with the taxi service.
Established in 1964, Seward’s Small Boat Harbor is located on the northern edge of Resurrection Bay, which multiple publications have ranked as one of the top sailing destinations in the United States. From the harbor you'll find easy access to Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, fishing, kayaking, camping, flight-seeing, and an assortment of other activities.
A family-run operation since 2005, Ashore offers a few basic tours—wildlife and bird viewing—but also takes travelers to the camping sites, cabins and activities all around Kachemak State Park. The 24-foot Blackfish seats up to six. The water-taxi captain is the company's owner, Dave Lyon, who gives an authentic insider's tour: Lyon has more than 20 years' professional experience on local waters. Feeling adventurous? Rent a stand-up paddle board.
This is a popular boat launch for drift boaters fishing for king salmon. The Kasilof River red salmon dipnet fishery is here, but only open to Alaska residents. It's worth a look if you've never seen dipnetters in action before. There are 16 campsites, water, tables, toilets, hiking trails, a boat launch and fishing.
If you like to fish, you've come to the right place. This is the Kenai/Russian River Access and Sportsman's Access Site (ADF&G) and the Kenai-Russian River Ferry. The ferry takes you across the Kenai River to the mouth of the famed Russian River for some of the best fishing in Alaska.
This park is the confluence of the Kenai and Moose Rivers. Take a break at this recreation site named for the English author Izaak Walton who wrote The Compleat Angler. Look for the informational sign to learn about the Moose River Archaeological Site. You will also find a hosted campground and boat launch. There's excellent fly-fishing in this area.