The Alaska State Park System is the largest in the United States with more than 3.2 million acres of land and water and more than 52% of that acreage being wilderness. The state offers more than 75 parks, including national parks, preserves, refuges and monuments, as well as historical sites and parks, national forests and state parks. It’s no wonder why fishers, families and couples select Alaska lodge and resort locations for their authentic Alaska vacation spot.
For those looking for nature vacations or fishing in Alaska, Halibut Cove Alaska (tucked away in Kachemak Bay State Park) is the place to be. From the lodges to the only floating post office in the United States, Halibut Cove Alaska is one of the top places to stay in Alaska.
The park area is a total of 400,000 acres of mountains, glaciers, forests, coastline and ocean. Visitors frequently observe sea otters, harbor seals, porpoise and a variety of whale species. Halibut Cove Alaska welcomes the many visitors it hosts each and every year but at the same time makes every effort to ensure that Halibut Cove remains the beautiful, quiet paradise it has become famous for. Residents are a close-knit community and value their peace and their privacy.
The primary mode of transportation within the cove is by foot, skiff or ATV, eliminating the hustle and bustle that generally comes with typical traffic patterns. This means that the only way to get to Halibut Cove Alaska from Homer is by water taxi, enhancing the seclusion and peaceful destination that so many visitors crave.
But what about places to stay? As far as looking for a luxury lodge in Halibut Cove Alaska, there are plenty of incredible places to stay. From Alaska’s Ridgewood Lodge to Hideaway Cove Lodge and Stillpoint Lodge, you can soak up the wilderness in Halibut Cove Alaska regardless of where you are.
Stillpoint Lodge is just a short boat or float plane trip across the towering mountain fjord of Kachemak Bay where you’ll find the exclusive luxury resort lodge nestled on the edge of the wilderness. Stillpoint Lodge is a rustic yet refined all-inclusive resort lodge on a mission for adventure, sustainability and truly authentic hospitality. Excursions include kayaking, hiking, glacier trekking, paddleboarding, bear viewing, whale watching, heli-hiking, flight-seeing, fishing and more. Leisure activities emphasize health and wellness with yoga and meditation, massage, sauna and open air hot tub in a waterfall gazebo. Accentuated by spruce, birch, willow, alder, wildflowers and berry bushes, the secluded guest cabins were built between the trees, preserving as many natural features of the land as possible so as to not interrupt the flow of things. Surrounded by quiet wilderness and beautiful scenery, Stillpoint Lodge is one of Alaska’s premier luxury destinations.
The seaside village of Halibut Cove Alaska is rich with history and can also be found just outside StillPoint Lodge. Originally settled in 1911 by Scandinavian fishermen, many of Halibut Cove’s residents still fish for salmon, halibut and cod in Kachemak Bay. By 1928 the herring were gone due to poor management of the waste from the processing facilities, called salteries. Halibut Cove soon became a ghost town of old-timers. In 1948, Clem Tillion came to Halibut Cove. In 1952, he married Diana Rutzebeck, and together they pioneered the community into a fishing and arts mecca. Diana’s Cove Gallery, featuring her work done primarily in octopus ink, opened in 1968.
Local shellfish farmers also take advantage of the deep, crystal clear, nutrient dense waters for sustainably growing oysters and blue mussels. Many residents are hardworking fisherman or artists who exhibit their work seasonally at the local fine art galleries along the boardwalk. There is no Visitor Center or Chamber of Commerce for Halibut Cove, meaning that the residents and visitors truly make up the balance of this small but powerful and beautiful secluded paradise in Alaska.
If you’re looking to plan an all-inclusive vacation to the beautiful state of Alaska for some one-on-one time with nature, consider Halibut Cove Alaska and Stillpoint Lodge for your stay and an exceptional experience from start to finish. You won’t regret it and will be planning your next round of Alaska vacations before you know it.