About Kodiak

Kodiak Island, also known as the Emerald Isle for its beautiful summertime greens, is located approximately 250 miles south of Anchorage and is the second largest island in the United States. Kodiak is the largest island in the Kodiak Archipelago, which comprises numerous islands including Raspberry and Afognak Islands. The city of Kodiak is the hub of the area, with 6 remote villages spread out amongst the islands. The city itself is different than most other fishing towns in coastal Alaska. Kodiak is truly outdoorsman based, while many other towns claim to be fishing towns, you will see they primarily concentrate their efforts towards the cruise ships. When you come to Kodiak, the businesses that are open in summer are almost all locally owned and open all year, they don’t shutdown after the last cruise ship like in SE Alaska. You won’t find rows upon rows of jewelry stores and summertime tourist trap shops. You will find local restaurants, local tackle and marine stores and locally brewed beer. No buses filled with tourists off the cruise ships, no crossing guards or mobs of cruise ship passengers flooding the streets. It’s just you, the locals and others who traveled here for the unparalleled fishing in Kodiak, a truly Alaskan fishing community, not one fabricated for summertime. When you come here, expect rain, lots of it, that’s why it’s so green here. Annually Kodiak receives on average 70 inches of rain with most of that concentrated in the fall and winter months. That’s not to say we don’t get lots of rain in summer, just not as much for as long. As well, the temperatures in Kodiak aren’t exactly what you would expect. While mainland Alaska may experience 80-90 degree days in summertime, Kodiak is an island surrounded by the cold North Pacific and in summer we average 55-75. The funny thing is though, the same cold ocean water that keeps us cool in summertime is the same reason we stay so much warmer than most of the mainland, including the Lower 48 in winter time. I could go on forever about the wildlife and outdoor activities here in Kodiak, it really is a wonderful place for the outdoor enthusiast. Below are some links I’ve found useful I the past, if you have any questions, please e-mail us and we will help you in any way we can.

Useful Links

kodiak kaco

kodiak.org

alaska outdoor supersite

kodiakisland.net

kodiak russian river lodge

java flats

alaska department of fish and game

alaska marine highway system