Getting to Silver Salmon Creek
Flying to Silver Salmon Creek
Most visitors arrive by small plane operating on wheels that land on the beach. Though it is legal for planes to land in the ocean or in the river, many operators choose not to take their float planes here due to the corrosive nature of salt water and the extreme tides in Cook Inlet that can make operating on floats tricky. The fight from Homer, Kenai or Anchorage is less than an hour.
Prices depend on group size, type of airplane, length of flight, where the flight originates, and whether you choose to hire a guided trip or just an air taxi. Contact each operator directly to determine the cost for your trip.
Taking a Boat to Silver Salmon Creek
It is also possible to travel across Cook Inlet in a boat, though the seas are often rough. A one way trip is approximately 50 miles from the Homer Harbor and 30 from Anchor Point and can take two to four hours depending on the boat and ocean conditions. Extreme tides make access to Silver Salmon Creek challenging for boats.
The Ranger Station is located at approximately 59° 58.810' N 152° 39.910W
Getting Around Silver Salmon Creek
Area lodges transport their guests in trailers towed by ATVs. Everyone else must travel between sites on foot. Be prepared to walk through sandy terrain a few hundred yards from the beach to the nearest sedge meadow or fishing spot. You may walk two or more miles back and forth between sites on the salt marsh and/or those in the tidal flats and creeks in search of bears or fish.
Things to Do at Silver Salmon Creek
Brown Bear Viewing
Silver Salmon Creek offers world class brown bear viewing. Brown bears can be seen grazing in the sedge meadows in late spring to mid summer, fishing in the creek during the salmon run in late summer, or digging for clams on the beach throughout the season.
Coho (silver) salmon and humpback (pink) salmon as well as Dolly Varden run up the creek in the late summer, providing ample excitement for adventurous anglers. Sport fishers must abide by all State of Alaska fishing regulations.
Bears aren't the only wildlife that congregates in Silver Salmon Creek's rich estuary.
- Shorebirds stage in the mud and sand flats during spring migration.
- Dabbling ducks are present all summer, but peak during migration in April and September. Look for them at river mouths and mud flats.
- Seabirds nest on rocky cliffs north of Silver Salmon Creek and also on nearby Chisik and Duck islands during the summer and can be seen foraging in the ocean.
- Loons nest and forage in coastal freshwater ponds including nearby Silver Salmon Lakes.
- Raptors nest and forage along the coast and rivers year round.
- Songbirds nest and forage in the salt marshes and forests.
The tidal flats, while a bit rocky, are filled with razor, little neck, and butter clams. Keep in mind that all shell fish may be exposed to the algae that causes Paralytic Shellfish Poising (PSP). Eating contaminated shellfish can cause severe illness or death. This beach is not monitored for PSP. Gather and consume shellfish here at your own risk. Visitors wishing to fish or dig for clams must follow all State of Alaska fishing regulations. Please clean clams below the tide line and cast remains into the ocean.
Camping, Backpacking, and Hiking
Travelers with experience in brown bear country can do day hikes from the Silver Salmon Ranger Station south to the Red River or north to Johnson River.
Lodging and Guided Trips
Several licensed commercial outfitters specialize in day-long and overnight bear viewing and sport fishing trips to Silver Salmon Creek for travelers who prefer to visit bear country with a knowledgeable guide. Contact each company directly to determine the cost for your trip.