Crooked Creek Retreat & Outfitters | 59325 Sterling Highway, Kasilof, AK 99610 | 907-260-9014
For the non-fishermen in your group, the family vacation, or to just mix it up a little.
Alaska, just as WILD as you want it! Here are just a few options:
There are trails and hikes for all levels of hikers. Check with Auntie Dorothy at the lodge for great ideas and directions to get you started. There are fairly flat hiking trails just outside of Soldotna at the Kenai National Park headquarters. Here you will find Rangers to answer questions and give you directions as well as information on what wildlife is currently on the trails. These trails are suitable for all hikers from small children to elderly. Endless possibilities await you in the Silak Lake area, or check the Russian River hiking trail that is about 3 miles long and paved leading to a wood platform overlooking the falls where bears can be seen fishing.
Kenai Fjords Cruise
This is one of the highlights of an Alaska vacation. You board the ship in Seward and set out for your adventure. There is inside seating and outdoor covered and uncovered areas. The staff is excellent and the captain will maneuver the ship to give you the best views of sea life and wildlife along the shore and banks. You will see whales, porpoise, seals, sea lions, many different birds and often moose, bears, and mountain goats on the surrounding cliffs. You will sail into the fjords and watch as glaciers brake off and fall into the sea. A National Parks Ranger is on every trip to answer questions and point out things of interest. Look for the battle encasements high on the rocks leftover from world war two when the Japanese were invading the United States through Alaska. The crew will serve you a buffet of salmon and prime rib plus side dishes and dessert. They will even make a blended drink from the 20,000 year old ice off the glacier for you! Check our slide show of the cruise on our Facebook page.
Razor Clam Digging
Currently all razor clam digging is across the inlet on the Alaska Peninsula. A storm hit our side and the beaches are currently closed to allow them to repopulate. We can a arrange a charter to the clam digging beach where you might be side by side with the bears! Either way, a morning at the beach cannot be beat. The mountains across the inlet are absolutely majestic; the bald eagles are perched on the banks waiting to clean up anything left behind. It is the sound of the waves, the smell of the salt and just more than you can take in that makes the morning so spectacular.
Join in on chasing those razor clams - they actually can move through the sand at around 1 inch per second. When you first put the shovel in they take off, so speed is needed! Here at the lodge we have shovels, clam guns, and buckets for your use. Plus we will give you all the instructions or maybe someone will join you. Razor clams make a wonderful clam chowder, fried clams, clam cakes, or whatever is your favorite. Bring some back and we will make you a pot of clam chowder and set it on the wood stove for your dining pleasure.
Digging/catching requires a -1 or lower tide. We can help check the tide table for exact tides.
Mako's water taxi will take you on any number of adventures out into Katchemak Bay. They will take you across the bay and around Gull Island to meet your sea kayak guide and instructor for a leisurely paddle into the bay where you will see otters floating right beside you, your guide will point out other wildlife viewing opportunities and make sure you have the best trip possible. There are 1/2, 3/4 and full day trips. We recommend the 3/4 day trip as just right for those of you who do not spend much time kayaking. Your guide will find a nice beach to land on to stretch you legs and have lunch.
You can also take the water taxi and do a hike on your own on approximately a 31/2 mile trail and get picked up by the water taxi to return across the bay. Taking the water taxi over and back is a trip all in itself; you will see wildlife and circle Gull Island. Just ask the boat captain to take you around the rock. There is also a fly / boat trip to Seldovia. You should plan a whole day for this trip. The water taxi ride is included. Ask Auntie Dorothy for more details if this sounds good to you.
Bear Viewing Fly Out
Do not miss this adventure! Fly across the Cook Inlet in a float plane. It will look impossible to land and then the pilot will set the plane down on Wolverine Creek or Big Lakes and the impossible becomes possible. Then you will meet your guides and transfer into a boat to see bears; both brown and black bears frequent the area. Your guide will tell you what to expect. This is really a two-for-one adventure: the scenery and flight there and back is worth the price even without seeing bears. If there is wildlife on the way there or back your pilot will bring you down for a better view. Former guests have even seen a back bear and a brown bear in a fight, with moose scattering in all directions. You will have more than an ample view out the window of the plane, but be sure and ask Auntie Dorothy before you leave on how to get the best view. This photo of mama bear and her cubs was taken by one of our guests on their fly out. The photo of the waterfall was taken by another guest at Wolverine Creek, when the fish are running the bears come down to the creek and you will see many bears both black and brown.