Halibut Cove

Population: 85
Halibut Cove is located on the east shore of Kachemak Bay, 7 miles southeast of Homer, and is accessible only by plane or boat.

Visitor Information: Welcome and information shack at the top of the ramp at the main dock. Local businesses, or visit website.

The bay was named Halibut Cove by W.H. Dall of the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey in 1880. Between 1911 and 1928, Halibut Cove had 42 herring salteries and a population of about 1,000.

Between 1911 and 1928, Halibut Cove had 42 herring salteries and a population of about 1,000. Today, the community of Halibut Cove is made up of self-employed artists, commercial fishermen and craftsmen. There are no state schools in the community.

Overnight guests in Halibut Cove can stay in several lodges, cabins or bed-and-breakfasts. There is one restaurant, the Saltry Restaurant; reservations are required; email. There is a post office. Banks, grocery stores and similar services are not available in Halibut Cove.

There are no roads in Halibut Cove, but some 12 blocks of boardwalk run along the water’s edge and provide a scenic and relaxing way to explore this charming community. Stroll the boardwalks for spectacular views of Kachemak Bay, access to the Saltry Restaurant and to galleries displaying the work of more than a dozen local artists.

Walk to the end of the main boardwalk in Halibut Cove to reach the beach. Beachcomb, look at tide pools or have a picnic lunch at the tables provided. During salmon season, visitors may see seiners set out their nets.

Attractions:

  • Stroll the boardwalks for spectacular views of Kachemak Bay
  • Visit local galleries displaying the work of resident artists.
  • Hike Kachemak Bay State Park trails and/or rent a public use cabin. There are 5 public use cabins in the area which may be reserved online.
  • Try kayaking, clamming, tide pooling and beachcombing along the shoreline.