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Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Kenai River

Kenai Region

Deep Creek State Recreation Area

Deep Creek State Recreation Area


★ ADA Facility - Yes
★ 100 Campsites (see fee page)
★ 35' RV size limit
★ Camping Limit - 15 days
★ Daily Parking Fee - (see fee page)
★ Toilets
★ Water
★ Boat Launch (see fee page)
Deep Creek Beach & Campground
Deep Creek North & South Scenic Overlook


★ ATV Riding
★ Camping
★ Clam Digging
★ Fishing
★ Picnicking

Deep Creek State Recreation Area in Cook Inlet is legendary for its halibut and king salmon runs, making the campsites in the park very much in demand. Bald eagles are visible year-round. In the month of May, sandhill cranes and other shore birds inhabit the saltwater marsh. Whales, seals and otters can be seen offshore.

Tractor Launch
Marine Services LLC, is a private company that provides tractor assisted boat launching services at Deep Creek Beach under a permit issued by Alaska State Parks. This contractor opearted service allows recreational boaters and charter operators to launch boats into Cook Inlet. The hours of operation are as follows:

May 1 - May 14

7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

May 15 - May 26

6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

May 27 - June 30

5:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

July 1 - July 31

5:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

August 1 - August 13

6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

August 14 - September 4

7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

*Please Note: This information may change. For additional information and current pricing, please contact:
Marine Services LLC
Phone: (907) 567-3526

The beaches from Clam Gulch to Ninilchik are the most popular areas for digging razor clams in Alaska. The razor clam, a filter feeder, relies on plankton for food. The life cycle of the razor clam is simple and unique. Razor clams usually reproduce first at age four to five, and live about 14 to 18 years. Reproduction is triggered when Cook Inlet waters reach a temperature of about 55 degrees Fahrenheit, usually between late July and early August.

136 Sterling Highway

Driving Directions:
Take the Seward Hwy South, bear right onto the Sterling Hwy South, located at mile 136.

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