For the non-fishermen in your group, the family vacation, or to just mix it up.
We offer a variety of activities outside of fishing that let you experience all that Alaska has to offer. We’ll pair you with experts that are the best in what they do to give you a truly amazing experience while you stay us.
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.
Sea kayaking is another adventure that guests continue to enjoy. You’ll leave from the Homer spit and take a short ride to a nearby island to start your time out on the sea. You’ll have the chance to see otters, jellyfish, and an assortment of sea plants growing from the depths of the bay. 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.
SELDOVIA DAY TRIP
If you are looking for more of a self-paced day, we recommend an adventure across the Kachemak Bay to Seldovia. We’ll arrange for seats on the ferry that runs from Homer to Seldovia. It’s a quick trip on the water where you’ll get to experience a small village similar to what you’ll find in the coves in southeast Alaska. Once in Seldovia, you can do a hike on your own on approximately a 3.5 mile trail or visit the local shops and take in the quaint scenery along the bay. 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.
FLIGHT SEEING TRIP
A favorite of the lodge staff is the opportunity to take one of Alaska’s famous bush planes on a trip to see many of Alaska’s amazing wilderness locations. You’ll get close to some amazing sights that nature has to offer. Whether its flying along the inlet cliffs to viewing steam venting from one of our volcanos, Mt. Redoubt, you’ll come away from the trip appreciating the natural beauty that is rarely untouched elsewhere in the world. Our guests have been amazed by the clear alpine lakes, gorges carved by mountain snow melt, majestic glaciers, and river systems that draw moose, bears, and many other types of wildlife to its banks.
This trip is one that longtime guests continue to share stories of even 10 years later. You’ll board a salt boat for a trip across Cook Inlet where clam digging is a once in a lifetime experience. You’ll stay in your boat as one of the strongest tides in the world moves out and exposes the muddy bottom that your boat is now beached on. You’ll exit the boat and enjoy your time mastering the skill of extracting claims from the muddy beach. After some good laughs and a catch in your bucket, climb back aboard your boat as the tide moves in and you return back home across the inlet. Our guests always return with some “good” pictures of each other and also appreciate getting a load of laundry done after this one.
Crooked Creek Retreat & Outfitters | 59325 Sterling Highway Kasilof, AK 99610 | 907.260.9014