Anchor River

Ninilchik Chamber of Commerce

Alaska State Parks is looking for businesses to provide tractor-assisted boat launch and retrieval services at the Anchor River and Deep Creek recreation areas.

Applicants can bid on contracts now through Dec. 14. Contracts last five years, with the chance for renewal.

One business will typically provide tractor services out of each location. The previous contracts were awarded to Marine Services for Deep Creek and Anchor River Enterprises at Anchor River, said Jack Blackwell, superintendent of the Alaska Division of Parks and Recreation.

Elizabeth Earl / KDLL

 The Anchor River and Deep Creek will officially off-limits to sport fishing starting Wednesday. Too few king salmon are coming back to those rivers to allow for it, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

The rivers, which run alongside the Sterling Highway on the way to Homer, are popular sportfishing streams throughout the summer. But for the past few years, the king salmon runs there have been struggling. As of Monday, 164 kings had passed the weir on Deep Creek, compared to 282 last year, and 201 fish had passed the weir on the Anchor River, compared to 938 by the same day last year. Based on past run timing, that means a run of about 2,000 kings for the Anchor in 2020, a little more than half of the lower end of the escapement goal.

Popular fishing beaches shored up after 2017 storms

Nov 11, 2019

        Work has finished on shoring up the bluff at two popular recreation beaches on the lower peninsula.

According to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, crews put the finishing touches on the armor rock reinforcement along about 1,200 feet of beachfront road in the Anchor River State Recreation Area, and about a quarter-mile in the Deep Creek State Recreation Area.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is implementing sport fishing restrictions in the Anchor River, Deep Creek, and Ninilchik River drainages effective April 1 through July 15, 2019. Sport fishing gear is restricted to only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure in the three drainages.

A combined annual limit has been established to two king salmon 20 inches or greater in length for fish harvested in the Anchor River, Deep Creek, Ninilchik River, and all marine waters south of the latitude of the mouth of the Ninilchik River.

Ice jam causes Anchor River flooding

Jan 3, 2019

Warmer temperatures and precipitation on the southern Kenai Peninsula have pushed the Anchor River above bankfull.

A small ice jam is causing minor flooding on the river near Anchor Point, though it may improve once temperatures drop and precipitation ceases.

Low lying areas such as the campground may be affected by conditions about a foot above bankfull.

Lows near the Anchor River are forecast to be in the teens overnight.