Things To Do In Kodiak
1. See the Mighty Kodiak Bear
If you’ve ever wanted to experience the thrill of seeing bears in the wild, Kodiak—home to the Kodiak brown bear (or “Alaskan brown bear”)—is a great place to do it. Choose a quick trip or a multi-day adventure, then fly out to see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, perhaps playing in a meadow or swiping for salmon in a rushing river.
2. Cast a Line
As the base for boats in “Deadliest Catch,” Kodiak is a fishing town. And you’ll find many options for sampling the amazing fishing in Kodiak. Take a charter and go out deep sea fishing, book into a remote fishing lodge, or go roadside fishing.
3. Explore Kodiak’s History
The small island of Kodiak boasts a big history, and the museums here perfectly showcase the past as they keep alive important traditions. Explore 100,000+ artifacts of the Alutiiq Natives on Kodiak Island at the Alutiiq Museum, and delve into the history of the area’s fishing and boating at the Maritime Museum.
4. Set Sail on a Private Charter
Sea, glaciers, and forests all around make this an adventurer’s paradise. Set your own agenda by chartering a boat for a multi-day adventure that caters to your interests.
Choose to stay around Kodiak or head out for an unforgettable bear-viewing excursion at Katmai National Park.
5. Go for a Drive
For a small island, Kodiak boasts some spectacular scenic drives. Motor past tide pools, protected bays perfect for beachcombing, hiking trails, salmon streams, and much more—with stunning scenery all along the way.
6. Hike the Island
Kodiak comes ready-made for hikers, with an extensive trail system that offers options for all abilities. From easy walks on the sand with plenty of beachcombing to strenuous mountain hikes that pay off with spectacular views, you’ll find hikes perfect for you.
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Immerse yourself in a multi-day Alaskan adventure that promises incredible views and jaw-dropping bear viewing in Katmai National Park, along with a warm camaraderie that only a small group expedition can create. Explore from your home base on the Island C, a research vessel that gets you close to the action while providing comfortable lodging and delicious meals.
Whether you’re looking for world class bear-viewing or want to experience a breathtaking flightseeing tour, Kodiak-based Island Air Service can make it happen. Start your bear-viewing tour in Kodiak, and you’ll have a shorter flight time compared to leaving from Anchorage. Even if you’re just here for a day while your cruise ship is in port, it’s easy to fly out and witness the majesty of these impressive creatures.
From Kodiak Island to the Katmai coast, Kingfisher Aviation will customize each trip, making for an intensely personal experience. Their most popular excursion includes a flight to a bear-viewing hotspot, where you can see 8 to 10 bears swiping at salmon swimming upstream. Kingfisher also offers shorter scenic flightseeing tours without the bear-viewing stop.
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This trail can be hard to follow as it meanders through wet areas, thick vegetaion and up salmonberry slopes before it reaches the rich subalpine meadows and eventually leads into a bowl-shaped glacial cirque at the base of the mountain. There is plenty of great bird habitat along the trail so watch for pipits and ptarmigan up high and songbird and snipe in the lower elevations.
For a gentle stroll on a surfaced path, Kodiak’s Biking & Walking Path begins at the corner of Benny Benson and Rezenof Road, and parallels Rezanof northward 2 miles to the entrance to Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park. This is a relatively flat path used by joggers dog walkers, bikers and walkers, that travels past Mill Bay Beach, a French pastry and coffee shop and the trail had to the Island Lake Trail. For a longer walk, add… ...more
Just over the bridge, this park offers easy beach walking and great photo opportunities of Kodiak. Snap shots of the waterfront, have a picnic, or enjoy quiet beaches. The park is forested, with excellent spruce groves that are silent havens for birds and squirrels. There’s excellent bird watching at the end of the trail. Walk the mossy earth and head over to the pebble beaches — it’s a great midday retreat close to town.
This is the highest mountain close to town. If you tackle this hike, you’re in for a climb, but a large portion of the trail is in the alpine, with beautiful flowers and tundra. You’ll be climbing 2,400 feet in elevation in just two miles. Watch for upland birds including Willow and Rock Ptarmigan, and American Pipits.
During summer the meadows are full of wildflowers and the views of Chiniak Bay are spectacular. The south cape is a good place to look for Horned and Tufted Puffins, Balck-legged Kittiwakes, Pelagic and Double-crested Cormorants, Black Oystercatchers and various ducks including Harlequins, scoters and Long-tailed Ducks.
Mayflower Beach is a black sand and stone beach with views across the bay to forested hills and mountains. Listen to the waves crash against the shore and smell the fresh ocean smell. Beachcombing, picnicking, & hiking are all great things to do in this area.
Only limited access is allowed to this military reservation. Access the trails through the pedestrian gates in the fence at the end of Woodland Drive. Walk along an old road to the cape. There are nice short hikes along the sea cliffs and a northeasterly beach. This area is especially recommended on stormy nd rainy days when easterly gales will unveil the ocean’s fury. The wildflower meadows are beautiful resting spots on calm sunny days in… ...more
Loved by locals and travelers alike, this 182-acre state park has numerous trails, beaches, and rocky viewpoints. For history buffs, the trails take you past bunkers and relics from WWII outposts in the area. You’ll also find summer naturalist programs where you can learn about ecology as well as ocean and forest creatures.
This is Kodiak’s most popular mountain, and for good reason: It’s a challenge, the views are stunning, and it feels like a true mountain climb — there’s a 2,073-foot elevation gain in just a few miles. A well-trod trail leads up the ridge, which you can access from the end of the airport runway. Follow an old gravel road to the northeast ridge, where a trail breaks on your left. The first part runs through the brush, but you’ll break into open… ...more
Follow the trail that winds upward through tall grass crossing some wet places. After about 1.5 miles, you come to the lake, which is a beautiful place for a picnic or swim on a sunny day. Keep an eye out for upland birds, bear, deer, and goats.
One of the area’s more popular hikes (or drives, as there’s a road to the top), Pillar Mountain offers a moderate, 2.5‑mile climb to an alpine summit overlooking town. Your heart, lungs, and legs may burn, but you’ll have great views and see excellent wildflowers, as most of the trail is above treeline. You’ll recognize the peak, since it dominates the sky over Kodiak. And if you get winded on this hike, consider the runners who race up here… ...more
One of the easiest beaches to access from town, this park has a nice overlook and excellent waterfront with picnic sites. In late July through September, you can fish from the beach for silver and pink salmon. Birding is good year round, but it’s especially great during the winter.
Old Womens Mountain hike provides great views of Chiniak Bay, the Coast Guard base and Kodiak city and harbor. The surrounding mountain scenery is breathtaking. About 1⁄2 mile south of the airport road, take a right turn on the paved road up to “Aviation Hill.” Turn left at the entrance to the subdivision and park at the end of the road behind the Coast Guard Loran building. You will find the trailhead at the far end of the parking lot. An… ...more