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Ninilchik’s Russian Heritage

Ninilchik is a Russian town dating back to the early 19th century. Several of the homes date from the 1800’s, including the first Russian schoolhouse and the Russian Orthodox church.

The town was settled by Russian American Fur Company employees as a kind of retirement home for longtime workers who had married locally and didn’t want to go back to Russia. The old families of Ninilchik are both Russian Orthodox and Native American.

This part of the state is a good place to take interesting photographs. The water and light in the air add a special quality, and the old boats seem to find picturesque resting places.

Down and Dirty

Leaving the Kenai River behind, and heading south to Homer, the Sterling Highway parallels the beaches of Cook Inlet.

It periodically crosses small salmon streams, often surrounded by a cluster of houses dating back to the Russian ownership of Alaska.

These beaches historically are home to razor clams.

A Stark, Coastal Beauty

Ninilchik Village has a stark, coastal beauty. By Alaskan standards, the village, having been settled by Russians, is an old one. Along with dry-docked boats, there are a number of historic, photogenic buildings, including a Russian School House.

Be sure to take your own historical walking tour.

+ Activities + Things to Get
+ Where to Stay + Where to Eat


Ninilchik Charters

+ Map: Downtown Ninilchik
+ Map: Sterling Hwy to Homer

In Ninilchik, Don't Miss...
• Volcano views across Cook Inlet
• Russian Orthodox churches
• State recreation areas
• Beach combing
• Clamming (Currently closed on East Side of Bay)
• Great fishing

Driving to Homer

Kasilof | Russian stockade that became a farming area for the Kenaitze tribe.

Clam Gulch | The name says it all.

Ninilchik | Old buildings, a great river to fish in, and the influence of Russia.

Anchor Point | Great fishing. Look for the signs pointing to the “secret” Anchor Point fishing holes.

Ninilchik Chamber of Commerce
All about Ninilchik, including a business directory and related links.

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