There are less than 100 miles of road on Kodiak Island, but they are some of the most scenic miles to be found anywhere.
Several local tour operators offer tours or plan a self-guided tour. Don’t forget your camera, binoculars and perhaps a picnic lunch to enjoy on a beach or cliff side. You should leave Kodiak with a full tank of gas as services are limited out the road.
Some portions of the road outside the city are unpaved, improved gravel roads suitable for ordinary vehicles. Rough road exceptions are noted. You can call the Kodiak Police Station (907) 486-8000, Alaska State Troopers (907) 486-4121, or the Alaska Department of Transportation (907) 487-4952 for road conditions.
Much of the land along the road system is privately owned. However, free permits are available for hiking, picnicking and other recreational activities. Check with the Visitor Information Center to obtain proper permits. Trail heads and other locations are usually not marked or signed; monitor mileage to find points of interest.
.0 Start at Marine Way and Rezanof (at the light).
2.1 Gibson Cove. Deadman’s Curve provides
panoramic view of harbor and islands.
3.3 Boy Scout Lake
3.8 Lake Louise. USCG housing across the lake. Barometer Mt. to left;
Pyramid Mt. at center.
4.0 Turn left to Buskin River Recreation Site and Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge
4.7 Anton Larsen Bay Road to right
4.8 Airport turnoff to left.
6.3 Entrance to largest U.S. Coast Guard Station in U.S.
6.6 Women’s Bay. USCG C-130 aircraft and helicopters may be seen on hangar apron. Cutters tie up at pier across the bay.
9.0 Fairgrounds, rodeo, and stock car track.
9.7 Sargent Creek Bridge. A popular place for viewing wintering Emperor geese.
9.9 Russian River Bridge. Spawning salmon in August and September. Road at right leads to Bell’s Flats.
10.3 Russian Creek Road
10.4 Groceries, gas, liquor store, restaurant, and tire repair.
11.6 Salonie Creek. Good fishing site. Kodiak Island Sportsmen Association Firing Range.
12.5 Pullout on left, views.
12.8 Site of WWII submarine dock on the left.
13.3 Pullout on left, Kashevaroff Mtn trailhead.
13.9 Trailhead to Heitman Lake.
14.3 WWII service road to Cliff Point on the left.
16.6 USCG Communication Station radio receiver to right. Emergency phone available.
17.7 Center Mountain 3,366 feet in foreground.
19.0 Cottonwood trees - watch for bald eagles.
20.2 American River Bridge. Fishing spot to left.
20.3 Saltery Cove Road. Trail bikes, ATV's and hikers only.
21.0 Eagle's nest in cottonwood tree easily observed.
22.3 Former site of Russian brickyard. Site of archaeological excavation. Iron Gate Beach.
23.9 Mayflower Beach. Beachcombing, picnicking, hiking.
24.4 Viewpoint overlooks small island. Photo opportunity.
24.7 Kalsin Bay. Marin Mountain Range across bay.
29.0 During August and September, ditch on left
becomes an active spawning area for salmon.
29.3 Olds River Bridge. Sheer cuts along river bank reveal heavy ash
layer from eruption of 1912.
30.1 Pasagshak Road junction. Turn right to Pasagshak Bay,
Narrow Cape, Fossil Beach and ranches.
32.4 Myrtle Creek Bridge and Myrtle Beach.
34.1 Thumbs-up Cove. Fishing boats, dock.
34.2 Chiniak Post Office. Residential area next 2 mi.
35.9 Sawmill Point Road. Site of old sawmill.
36.0 Roslyn Beach.
36.4 Roslyn River Bridge.
39.0 Beach access. Beach comb, picnic, hike.
39.5 Twin Creek Bridge. Access to beach.
40.6 Chiniak Elementary School.
41.6 State road maintenance ends.
41.9 Picnic area on the left.
42.3 Chiniak Airstrip. WWII to 1967. Unmaintained road to
left leads to WWII bunkers & gun sites.
Pasagshak Bay Road
0.0 Start mileage at junction with the Chiniak Hwy
4.9 Pass to Pasagshak Valley. Highest point on the road crosses the
divide in the Marin Range.
6.9 Causeway crosses Lake Rose Tead, named for a 1940s USO performer.
7.2 One plane hangar was owned by rancher Joe Zentner,
who ranched the area for 30 years.
8.5 The “fishing bridge,” a favorite spot for fishing on the Pasagshak River.
8.9 Pasagshak State Recreation Site. Restroom,
picnicking, and camping.
9.7 Surf fishing beach.
11.2 Scenic viewpoint. Ugak Island.
12.5 Beach access. Hiking, camping, picnicking.
14.8 Kodiak Cattle Company
15.2 USCG Loran Station. Kodiak Launch Complex. Road maintenance ends.
Rough road ahead.
16.8 Twin Lakes. Fossil cliffs to left accessible at low tide only. End of road.
Kodiak Launch Complex
Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation owns and operates the Kodiak Launch Complex, a state-of-the-industry spaceport on Kodiak Island. The Kodiak complex is used for launching satellites into polar orbits, and sub-orbital payloads for research and development. Its first mission was November 15, 1998. More than 11 successful missions have been launched from the Kodiak site.
The complex is located near Pasagshak. The launch tower can be seen from the road. Launch complex personnel monitor access to the facility during launches. As you drive in the area, observe signage.
Anton Larsen Bay Road
0.0 Start at mile 4.7 on Rezanof Drive West.
0.1 Buskin River access to left. Photo opportunity.
0.3 Site of Fort Greely. Army fort from 1942-45.
0.6 Buskin River Bridge. Mountain range to right is Devil’s Prongs.
Barometer Mountain to the left.
1.5 Buskin River Bridge No. 7. Stay left.
2.2 Buskin Lake. No public access.
2.7 USCG Bear Valley Golf Course. Open to public, usually May to September. Pro shop.
3.2 WWII bomb shelter and storage area.
5.7 Buskin Valley Winter Recreation Area. Skiing and snowmobiling in winter. Parking area.
Pyramid Mountain trail and ski trails start here. Great for kids.
7.0 Panoramic view of Anton Larsen Bay.
7.6 Red Cloud River Bridge. Watch for cattle, open range.
9.4 Head of Anton Larsen Bay.
10.6 Boat launching ramp. Loading dock.
11.4 Boreal bog on the left.
11.5 Beaver pond on right.
11.6 Turnoff at right. Hike from here to beaver dam and to scenic shoreline below.
Cliffs reveal Kodiak’s geological composition. The exposed white granite is
described as “the backbone” that runs the length of central Kodiak Island.
11.9 Boat launching ramp.
12.0 Turnaround. End of Road. Nice hiking ahead. Beautiful waterfall upstream to the left.
Monashka Bay Road
0.0 Start at the intersection of Marine Way and Rezanof Drive, heading northeast.
0.4 Kodiak Middle and Sr. High School, and Auditorium.
1.3 Potato Patch Lake.
1.7 Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center, left.
1.7 Kodiak Baptist Mission, right. Founded in 1895 on Woody Island. Moved to Kodiak in 1937 after fire destroyed original orphanage.
2.0 Intersection with Benny Benson Street, named after the designer of Alaska’s flag.
Benson lived in Kodiak. Bike and pedestrian path begins here and continues to Fort
Abercrombie State Historic Park.
3.5 Mill Bay. Site of Russian grist mill in the 1800s.
3.6 Mill Bay Beach Park. Picnicking, beachcombing, fishing.
4.0 Entrance to Fort Abercrombie State Historic Park on right.
4.4 Scenic viewpoint. Monashka Bay with Monashka Mt. in the background.
5.6 Pillar Mountain view.
7.3 VFW Lodge & RV Park. Kodiak Island Sportsmen’s Assoc. indoor shooting range.
Picnic area at seaside.
7.8 Pillar Creek Reservoir
8.0 Pillar Creek Beach. Picnicking, sandy beach.
9.4 Scenic viewpoint.
11.4 Monashka Creek Bridge.
11.5 End of road. Picnic beach. Termination Point trail.
For additional information on how to get the most out of your drive around Kodiak contact the Kodiak Island Convention & Visitors Bureau.