Parks, Wilderness and Recreation Areas

Alaska State Parks, Kodiak District

Ft. Abercrombie State Historic Park is one of the island’s most popular destinations and contains remnants of a World War II coastal defense installation. Visitors here have the unique opportunity to learn about World War II while enjoying amazing vistas, wildflower meadows, deep spruce forests, tide pools, and a trout fishing lake.  The park is a great place to picnic, hike, bird view, whale watch or just take in the beautiful views.  During the summer the park offers guided tidepool walks and children’s programs.

Online interactive hiking and park guide:

Dogs are allowed in the park on leash; some leash free areas exist.  Check with the visitor information center or park personnel for regulations and maps.

Camping is best reserved for tent campers as any kind of rig over 20 feet in length will have difficult maneuvering narrow, unpaved roads with tight turns.  Camping is $15 per night.

A group recreation site with a pavilion is available with reservations. Kodiak State Parks Headquarters and Visitor Center are located here.  The park is closed to vehicles in winter as roads are not maintained and gates are closed.   You can access the trails for hiking or snowshoeing.

To reach the park from the ferry dock, go west on Center Street, and make a right onto Rezanof Drive. Follow Rezanof for 3.7 miles. Turn right onto Abercrombie Drive which leads to the park. If starting from the Kodiak State Airport, make a right onto Rezanof Drive. Follow Rezanof for 8.5 miles. Turn right onto Abercrombie Drive.

More information:

Ft. Abercrombie State Park
1400 Abercrombie Dr.
Kodiak, AK 99615


fax 907-486-3320

Buskin River State Recreation Area

Another of Kodiak’s oft-visited parks, the Buskin River State Recreation Area offers a variety of activities. The Buskin River is one of the most popular fishing spots on Kodiak island.  For those who like to hike or mountain bike, there are old military roads connecting WWII structures hidden in the spruce forest on the north side of the park.  A hiking guide is available at the downtown visitor center next to the ferry office. A beautiful beach provides sunny areas for strolling at low tide.  Picnic areas with grills make this the frequent site of family events.

Online interactive Buskin River hiking trails:

Wildlife is abundant here and visitors can expect to see a variety of birds and wildlife including brown bears, eagles, harlequin ducks, and harbor seals.

Most camping sites are suitable for R.V.s and there is an R.V. overflow area. Camping sites are available on a first come first serve basis and are $15 per night.  There are two picnic shelters and a handicapped-accessible fishing platform located nearby the river.

Buskin is located on the Kodiak road system and is a short drive from both downtown and the airport. To reach the Park from the Kodiak State Airport, turn right onto Rezanof Drive. Follow Rezanof for .7 miles. Turn right at the Park sign. If beginning from the ferry dock, go west on Center Street, make a left onto Rezanof Drive. Follow for 4.1 miles. Turn left at the Park sign.15 camp sites 4.5 miles SW of Kodiak.

Pasagshak State Recreation Area

The Pasagshak River is another popular road system destination for salmon fishing, especially sockeye.  The outlet to Lake Rose Tead, the river is approximately three miles long and empties into salt water at the head of Pasagshak Bay.  This beautiful, wide-open area is a good place to go whale watching, bird watching, and to spot seals, dolphins and sea lions.

Camping at Pasagshak is on a first come first serve basis and is free.  The campground is undeveloped with a hand-pump well for drinking water and pit-style toilets.  You must pack out everything you bring in.

Located 40 miles south of Kodiak on the Pasagshak Road.  Pit toilets, picnicking and camping facilities.

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Other State Park Sites

Afognak Island State Park

Afognak Island can only be reached by boat or float plane.

The park is known for its rugged topography, dense old-growth Sitka spruce forests, and salmon spawning habitat. Kodiak brown bear, Sitka black-tailed deer, Roosevelt elk, and the endangered marbled murrelet inhabit the park. Visitors can fish, hunt, hike, or just enjoy the pristine environment. There are two public use cabins in the park.

Notice:Private (native corporation) lands adjacent to the park may require special permits to access. If you plan to enter these areas, contact the appropriate native corporation in advance. Permit requirements are strictly enforced.

Shuyak Island State Park

Located 54 mile air miles from Kodiak, Shuyak Island State Park is a remote, rugged site offering two public use cabins.  This is a deep wilderness experience and visitors should be as self-sufficient as possible; assistance could be hours or days away. Careful planning is required.

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Woody Island State Recreation Site

Woody Island located just 2.6 miles from Kodiak and reachable only by boat, is a largely privately owned island but the north end of the Island is occupied by a 112 acre state recreation site.

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Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge

The Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge occupies 1.9 million acres or nearly two-thirds of the Kodiak Island Archipelago.  Established in 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the refuge is home to the largest population of brown bears in the world.  The goal of the refuge is to instill regard for bears, salmon and other wildlife and to protect the interdependent species of fish, wildlife and plants that exist in this unique island ecosystem.

Most of Kodiak’s 3500 brown bears live in the refuge and it is only accessible by boat or plane.  Most visitors to the island who wish to visit the refuge do so via bear viewing flights with experienced outfitters.  Experienced backcountry travelers might enjoy the public use cabins for hunting, fishing, or trekking.  (See Public Use Cabins this website.) Unguided visitors are required to obtain a permit from the refuge by contacting the headquarters office at  (888)-408-3514begin_of_the_skype_highlighting or visiting Park Headquarters at 1390 Buskin River Rd.

Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

The downtown interpretive center located at 402 Center Avenue offers displays, films, and extensive information about the wildlife refuge and wildlife.  Here visitors can learn about the life cycle of salmon, hear a baby bear heartbeat and learn bird calls as well as see live streaming images captured in the Wildlife Refuge.  There is also a wonderful retail store operated by Alaska Geographic.

More Information:

Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters

1390 Buskin River Road
Kodiak, AK 99615

City Parks and Recreation

Kodiak City offers a few in-town recreational opportunities and picnic sites.  Baranov Park is the site of a running track, baseball fields, playground, basketball courts (seasonal), ice skating rink (seasonal) and tennis courts.   The park is open and free to the public as long as local athletic teams are not using the facilities. 

North End Park and Rotary Park

These two small parks offer easy, short walking trails. 

East Addition Park

Picnic tables, playground and ball fields for use by the community and public.

Mill Bay Beach

Picnic tables with a stunning view of Mill Bay are available at this overlook about three miles from town.