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Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Kenai River

Kenai Region

Anchor River State Recreation Area

Anchor River State Recreation Area


★ ADA Facility - Yes
★ 46 Campsites (see fee page)
★ RV size limit - campers
★ Camping Limit - 14 days
★ Daily Parking Fee - (see fee page)
★ Toilets -
★ Water
★ Picnic Sites (20)
Coho Campground
Silverking Campground
Slidehole Campground
Steelhead Campground
Halibut Campground

Campgrounds managed by:
Alaska Recreation Management
(907) 522-8368 or (907) 242-0859

Boat Launch:
Anchor Point Boat Launch LLC
Tractor boat launch is operated by Anchor Point Boat Launch LLC under a state park permit and is open the last weekend in April - May 15, 6:00 am - 6:00 pm; May 16 - August 15, 5:00 am - 8:00 p m; August 16 to September 5, 6:00 am - 5:00 pm; Times may vary a bit due to daylight, tides, and tournaments. For more information: (907) 399-2686


★ Camping
★ Fishing
★ Hiking
★ Kayaking
★ Boating
★ Wildlife Viewing

This park unit is managed by Alaska Recreation Management, (907) 522-8368 or (907) 242-0859.

The first written descriptions of the land and people of the Kenai Peninsula are found in the 1778 journals from the British sponsored expedition of Captain James Cook. According to legend, Anchor Point got its name when Captain Cook lost an anchor near the mouth of the river.

Homesteaders began to settle in the Anchor River area in the early 1900's. They came from Homer, to the South, and Kenai and Ninilchik, to the North, and survived by hunting, fishing, and farming. They were a hardy lot and many of them and their descendants still live in the area.

Wildlife abounds around the Anchor River, with moose, beaver, mink, bald eagles, a variety of ducks along the river, harbor seals, sea otters, and beluga whales near shore in the Cook Inlet.

Across the Cook Inlet from Anchor Point, three of seven volcanoes bordering the inlet can be seen: Mount Augustine to the South, then Mount Iliamna, and Mount Redoubt to the North. Mount Augustine's last eruption ended in March 2006; Mount Redoubt's latest eruption ended around July 2009. No eruption of Mount Iliamna has ever been recorded.

Anchor Point, where Anchor River State Recreation Area is located, is the most westerly point on the U.S. Highway System.

157 Sterling Highway

Driving Directions:
Take the Seward Hwy South, bear right at the Seward Cut-off onto the Sterling Hwy. Located at milepost 157 of the Sterling Hwy.

Mission Statement

"The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation provides outdoor recreation opportunities and conserves and interprets natural, cultural, and historic resources for the use, enjoyment, and welfare of the people."

Accessibility Notice

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Atwood Building
550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501
DNR Public Information Center:
(907) 269-8400
DPOR Director's Office:
(907) 269-8700