Anchor River State Recreation Area Alaska

The first written descriptions of the land and people of the Kenai Peninsula are found in the 1778 journals from the British-sponsored expedition of Captain James Cook. According to legend, Anchor Point got its name when Captain Cook lost an anchor near the mouth of the river.

Homesteaders began to settle in the Anchor River area in the early 1900’s. They came from Homer to the South, and Kenai and Ninilchik, to the North, and survived by hunting, fishing, and farming. They were a hardy lot and many of them and their descendants still live in the area.

Wildlife abounds around the Anchor River, with moose, beaver, mink, bald eagles, a variety of ducks along the river, harbor seals, sea otters, and beluga whales near shore in the Cook Inlet.

Across the Cook Inlet from Anchor Point, three of seven volcanoes bordering the inlet can be seen: Mount Augustine to the South, then Mount Iliamna, and Mount Redoubt to the North. Mount Augustine’s last eruption ended in March 2006; Mount Redoubt’s latest eruption ended around July 2009. No eruption of Mount Iliamna has ever been recorded.

Anchor Point, where Anchor River State Recreation Area is located, is the most westerly point on the U.S. Highway System.

Address

157 Sterling Highway
Anchor Point, AK 99556

Driving Directions:
Take the Seward Hwy South, bear right at the Seward Cut-off onto the Sterling Hwy. Located at milepost 157 of the Sterling Hwy.

Activities

Camping
Fishing
Hiking
Kayaking
Boating
Wildlife Viewing

Facilities

ADA Facility – Yes
46 Campsites
RV size limit – campers
Camping Limit – 14 days
Daily Parking Fee
Toilets
Water
Picnic Sites (20)

Coho Campground

Facilities
ADA Facility – No
228 Acres
36 Campsites
Size limit – campers
Camping Limit – 14 days
Daily Parking Fee
Toilets
Water
Picnic Tables
Activities
Camping
Fishing

Coho Campground is one of the five campgrounds in the Anchor River State Recreation Area. Anchor River is known for its fishing. Steelhead, Rainbow and Dolly Varden, as well as seasonal runs of King and Silver salmon. Coho campground is operated by Alaska Recreation Management (907) 522-8368 or (907) 748-2553.

Address:
Anchor River Road
Driving Directions:
Sterling Highway to Mile 156.9. Turn onto Old Sterling Highway. Turn right on Anchor River Road.

Silverking Campground

Facilities
ADA Facility – Yes
46 Campsites
RV size limit – campers
Camping Limit – 14 days
Daily Parking Fee
Toilets
Water
Picnic tables at each site
Activities
Camping
Fishing
Wildlife abounds around the Anchor River, with moose, beaver, mink, bald eagles and a variety of ducks along the river, and harbor seals, sea otters, and beluga whales near shore in Cook Inlet.

Address:

157 Sterling Highway
Driving Directions:
Sterling Highway to Mile 156.9. Turn onto Old Sterling Highway. Turn right on Anchor River Road.

Slidehole Campground

Facilities
ADA Facility – Yes
30 Campsites
No RV size limit
Camping Limit – 7 days
Daily Parking Fee
Toilets
Water
Picnic Site
Picnic Shelters
Activities
Camping
Fishing

Wildlife abounds around the Anchor River, with moose, beaver, mink, bald eagles and a variety of ducks along the river, and harbor seals, sea otters, and beluga whales near shore in Cook Inlet.
Slidehole campground is operated by Alaska Recreation Management (907) 522-8368 or (907) 748-2553.
Address:
157 Sterling Highway
Driving Directions:
Sterling Highway to Mile 156.9. Turn onto Old Sterling Highway. Turn right on Anchor River Road.

Steelhead Campground

Facilities
ADA Facility – Yes
44 Campsites
Size limit – campers
Camping Limit – 14 Days
Daily Parking Fee
Toilets
Picnic Shelter
Activities
Camping
Day Use
Fishing

Wildlife abounds around the Anchor River, with moose, beaver, mink, bald eagles and a variety of ducks along the river, and harbor seals, sea otters, and beluga whales near shore in Cook Inlet.
The Anchor River is one of Alaska premier fishing areas. Please consult current fishing regulations provided by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for information on seasons, closures, limits, and methods and means before you wet your line.

Address:

157 Sterling Highway

Driving Directions:
Take the Seward Hwy south to the Seward Cut-off, bear right onto the Sterling Hwy. Located at milepost 157 of the Sterling Hwy.

Halibut Campground

Facilities
ADA Facility – Yes
228 Acres
30 Campsites
No RV size limit
Camping Limit – 14 days
Daily Parking Fee
Toilets
Water
Picnic tables one per site
Activities
Camping
Fishing

Halibut Campground is one of the five campgrounds in the Anchor River State Recreation Area. This campground is adjacent to the shores of Cook Inlet. At Halibut campground, wildlife abounds around the Anchor River, with moose, beaver, mink, bald eagles and a variety of ducks along the river, and harbor seals, sea otters, and beluga whales near shore in Cook Inlet. Halibut campground is operated by Alaska Recreation Management (907) 522-8368 or (907) 748-2553.

Address:
Anchor River Road

Driving Directions:
Sterling Highway to Mile 156.9. Turn onto Old Sterling Highway. Turn right on Anchor River Road.

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