Anchor Point

The Anchor River is a popular fishing destination for salmon. (Photo by Serine Reeves)

Population: 2,043
Located on the Kenai Peninsula, Anchor Point is 23 miles north of Homer and 61 miles south of Soldotna on the Sterling Highway.
Visitor Information: Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce, phone (907) 235-2600.

Anchor Point is a full-service community with a Chamber of Commerce, post office and a variety of businesses. Lodging at Sleepy Bear Cabins phone 1-866- 235-5630 on North Fork Road. Restaurants, coffees and treats at Black Water Bend Espresso (phone 907-235-6884 to call ahead for faster pick-up; Email); gas and diesel at Essential One (phone 907-235-8818), and gas, diesel and car repair at Thurmond’s Far West Auto (phone 907-235-5601);  fishing charters, seafood processors, groceries, laundries and gift shops can be found along the highway and area roads. Churches, a library, senior citizen center and VFW are among the many organizations here.

Anchor Point was originally named “Laida” by Captain James Cook in the summer of 1778, when the Resolution and Discovery sailed into Cook Inlet looking for the Northwest Passage. It was later renamed Anchor Point by early homesteaders to commemorate the loss of an anchor off the point by Captain Cook. A post office was established here in 1949.

Attractions:

  • Camping and fishing along the Anchor River. Fish for king salmon, Dolly Varden, silver salmon and steelhead.
  • Saltwater fishing in Cook Inlet for all 5 species of salmon, halibut and rockfish.
  • Take Norman Lowell Road for the Norman Lowell gallery. Artist owned and operated, you may walk through gardens and original homestead cabin as well as the gallery.
  • Beachcombing and wildlife watching at end of Anchor River (Beach) Road. Photograph the sign marking the most westerly point on the North American continent accessible by continuous road system and watch tractors launch and land fishing boats.
  • Visit the nearby Russian village of Nikolaevsk.