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Kodiak

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Kodiak is in southwestern Alaska.

Understand[edit]

The Kodiak Island Borough, with a population of 13,900 persons includes The City of Kodiak, seven rural villages (six of which can only be reached by water and/or air), the U.S. Coast Guard Base, in addition to several remote camps and lodges. Due to its magnificent green summers, (due to an abundant amount of rainfall), Kodiak is called Alaska's Emerald Isle. The entire island is also the native habitat of the amazing Kodiak brown bear. Technically, the borough covers a small portion of the Alaskan Peninsula too.

Because it is situated on an island, Kodiak is accessible only by air and sea. Alaska Airlines and Ravn Aviation have daily flights available to and from the island. If flying isn't your thing, Alaska Marine Highway System offers ferry service to Kodiak via the M/V Tustemena, or what the Kodiak locals fondly call the "Rusty Tusty".

Bears
Although there are generally no bears in the Kodiak urban area, if you are hiking outside of town (Buskin River area, Termination Point Area, or beyond) you might want to be ready for bear encounters. In most cases bears will run away if you make plenty of noise and let them know you are there. It might be helpful to carry bear spray and be aware of how to use it!

Get around[edit]

By Car
Kodiak has less than 100 miles of public roads and about half of that is asphalt. Unfortunately, the best way to get around Kodiak's short road system is to rent a car. For the more adventurous you can charter a float plane to take you to a remote destination or charter a boat to take you along the long coastline of the second largest island in the USA. Bicycles can also be rented daily for riding around the city of Kodiak and local parks. Rental car prices, hotel, and food are very expensive.
By Bike
The local bike shop 58 Degrees rents bikes and kayaks. https://58-degrees.com/about/
By Plane
Float planes are a great way to see the Island or reach points beyond.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Preserving the 7,500-year heritage of Kodiak's indigenous Alutiiq people is the Alutiiq Museum & Archaeological Repository. The exhibits display one of the largest collections of Alutiiq artifacts in the state, ranging from a model kayaker in his waterproof parka of seal gut to a extremely rare 19th-century spruce-root hat. Take time to explore 'Sharing Words,' an intriguing interactive computer program that uses village elders to teach Alutiiq words and songs in an attempt to save the local Alutiiq indigenous language.

Do[edit][add listing]

Hiking/Outdoors

  • Fort Abercrombie State Park, Miller Point, Kodiak, AK 99615, [1]. Beautiful state park with walking trails, beaches and old WW2 battlements.  edit
  • Pillar Mountain, Pillar Mountain Rd.. The mountain next to town with the wind turbines on top of it. There is a dirt road leading up it and also several mountain bike and walking trails.  edit
  • White Sands Beach, The end of the road going north out of town. A nice beach at the end of the road, next to Termination Point. People often bbq and drink here.  edit
  • Termination Point, The end of the road going north out of town. A large forested area with many trails and great views. Trail loops are 5-7 miles generally.  edit
  • Old Womens Mountain. A nice hike accessible from Coast Guard property (the Aviation Hill neighborhood).  edit

Museums

  • Alutiiq Museum & Archaeological Repository, 215 Mission Rd # 101, Kodiak, AK 99615, [2]. Museum of archaeology and Alutiiq history.  edit
  • Baranov Museum, 101 W Marine Way, Kodiak, AK 99615, [3]. Museum of general history of Kodiak in an old Russian magazin downtown.  edit
  • Fort Abercrombie State Park, Miller Point, Kodiak, AK 99615, [4]. Beautiful state park with walking trails, beaches and old WW2 battlements.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Kodiak Island Smokehouse, 1011 Mill Bay Rd, Kodiak, AK 99615, (907) 486-6455, [5]. Smoked fish!  edit
  • Farmers Market, Wednesday @6:30pm in the Sutliffe's Parking lot, Saturday @ 11:00am at the fairgrounds (out past base). Seasonal produce.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Kodiak Hana (Former Old Powerhouse Restaurant) 516 E Marine Way, (907) 481-1088. ‎Highly recommended. Great seafood in a friendly environment.
  • Best Western Kodiak Inn-Nice non-smoking bar with good food. Kodiak's more "upscale" drinking establishment.
  • Monk's Rock-Great coffee and food shop located downtown near the "Y" intersection. Open Tuesday-Saturday 8:30AM-3:00PM
  • The Rendezvous Bar & Grill-Nice saloon outside of town (near Java Flats) with good beer and eats. 11652 Rezanof Dr W, Kodiak, AK 99615 Open generally 11:30AM to 10:00pm.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Coffee

  • Harborside Coffee-Two locations, one by the main boat harbor, another "mid-town" on Mill Bay rd.
  • Island Espresso-A full service coffee shack on Mill Bay rd. near the high school.
  • Monk's Rock-Great coffee and food shop located downtown near the "Y" intersection. Open Tuesday-Saturday 8:30AM-3:00PM
  • Near Island Coffee-A full service coffee shack across the bridge on Near Island.
  • Java Flats -The best coffee specialty drinks, especially their fabulous mocha, can be found at Java Flats, 11206 Rezanof Drive just 12 miles south of town. Highly recommended, It is also a great spot for soups and salads and the sandwich menu is excellent too!

Alcohol

  • Kodiak Brewery-Near the intersection of Rezanof and Mill Bay Rd. downtown. Next to Mcdonalds. Some great and interesting local brews! 2 beer maximimum. Open every day until 7pm (they stop serving around 6:30pm).
  • Tony's-Classic old timey bar. Smoking allowed. Darts, jukebox, pool, and pulltabs.
  • B&B-Purportedly the oldest registered bar in Alaska. Not the most accessible for newcomers.
  • Henry's-Full service restaurant with a bar. Non-smoking
  • Bernies-Fun bar with dancing, karaoke, and a younger crowd. Located downtown near Subway
  • Best Western Kodiak Inn-Nice non-smoking bar with good food. Kodiak's more "upscale" drinking establishment.
  • The Village-Quiet smoking bar downtown. Occasional trivia here.
  • The Rendezvous Bar & Grill-Nice saloon outside of town (near Java Flats) with good beer and eats. 11652 Rezanof Dr W, Kodiak, AK 99615 Open generally 11:30AM to 10:00pm

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Kodiak Best Western: Kodiak Inn, 236 Rezanof Dr W, Kodiak, AK 99615, (907) 486-5712, [6]. Kodiak's main full service hotel. Pricey, but reliable.  edit
  • Kodiak Legends Lodge, P.O. Box 128, Larsen Bay, AK 99624, 877.563.4111, [7]. A wilderness escape offering fly fishing, saltwater fishing, wildlife viewing, eco-adventures and spectacular scenery. Perched on the shoreline of Uyak Bay, the lodge offers a panoramic view of Kodiak’s deep fjords and emerald hills.  edit

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