Just 20 miles from Kenai is the gorgeous Kalgin Island, located in the Lower Cook Inlet and dubbed a Critical Habitat Area. It’s flat, very green and mostly composed of wetlands flanking Swamp Creek. At just over 22 square miles, this part of the Kenai Peninsula Borough is accessible by boat in August and a favorite spot for fishing and hunting.

‘Tis the season for the Kenai area to be full of fellow hunters and outdoor lovers, which makes finding a quieter retreat a priority. On Kalgin Island, visitors can experience the solitary wilderness of Alaska, but still stick within easy distance of charming downtown Kenai. It’s the best of both world, with crystal clear water separating the shores.

Something’s Fishy

Kalgin Island is especially known for their bright King Salmon that adore the clear waters off the island. Their unique flavor makes them wildly popular, and a gourmet prize catch. Rainbow trout and Alaska greenheads are also popular prizes when fishing off Kalgin Island, and local boat charters are happy to take visitors to prime fishing spots.

Check with the local Hooky Charters, Alaska Fish On Charters and Alaskan Widespread Fishing Adventures if you’d prefer a skilled guide to whisk you to the best spots. Charter a private experience for yourself, or see what specials and group outings are being offered.