Ninilchik is conveniently located halfway between Soldotna and Homer on the Kenai Peninsula. Visiting our small village is a must for any Alaskan adventure. From our pristine shores you will take in the the breathtaking view of some of the most picturesque Volcanoes in the world. While you are here, be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to shop in one of our unique Alaskan gift stores or dine in one of our fine restaurants.
Ninilchik is home to several fishing charters who would love to be your guide for the day or the week. Ninilchik offers both Saltwater and Freshwater fishing. Come for the day, the weekend, the week or longer and stay at one of our friendly B & B’s, RV Parks, Cabins or State Campgrounds.
Explore the history of our quaint village while relaxing in a truly unique place. Ninilchik is your Alaskan destination!
Location and Climate:
Ninilchik lies on the west coast of the Kenai Peninsula on the Sterling Highway, approximately 35 miles south of the Soldotna & 35 miles north of Homer . It lies at approximately 60° 03′ N Latitude and 151° 40′ W Longitude. The area encompasses 38.2 sq. miles of land and 36.5 sq. miles of water. Winter temperatures range from -14 to 40; summer temperatures vary from 45 to 70. Average annual precipitation is 24 inches. Ninilchik was originally settled in 1842. The original settlers did not remain the winter. Grigorii & Mavra Kvasnikoff moved their large family in 1847, others family began following in the early 1850’s.
The Russian Orthodox church was dedicated in 1901 and remains on the original site.
In 1911 an American teacher, Alyce Anderson, arrived and started the English school which was located up on the hill in view of the Russian Orthodox Church. In 1951 Ninilchik built the school which is still beside the Sterling Highway. In 1996 there was a fire at the school and when it was rebuilt the second wing was added. Ninilchik celebrated 100 years of public school in 2011 with a community BBQ. Many of the original families still have descendants attending Ninilchik School.
The community of Ninilchik suffered minor damage in the 1964 earthquake, which shook most of the state and knocked out bridges, opening fissures in the land. Many of the Elders still remember and tell stories of where and what they were doing during that quake.
The Sterling Highway was paved in 1967 and has been an ongoing process since then.
Ninilchik sits across from two active volcanoes. In 1990 & 2009 Mt. Redoubt erupted bringing ash into the community of Ninilchik. The volcanoes produce steam on a regular basis. The majestic beauty can be observed throughout the town.
One of the favorite spots for tourists to photograph, besides the Russian Orthodox church, is the sign near the Ninilchik river.
The original sign in the historical village was in Russian it has since been translated to English and reads “Privet (Greetings). My name is Ninilchik Village. I was settled around the turn of the 19th century by creoles, Russians, Aleuts, and Indians. The names of my earlier children were Kvasnikoff, Oskolkoff, Kompkoff, and Astrogin. They were retired hunters and trappers that wanted to find a homeland of their own. Some of their great grandchildren still reside here to this day. My Russian Orthodox Church, on the hill, was built in the early 20th century. My river, and Cook Inlet are best known for their fish. My beaches are known for their clams. I ask that you please respect my people, their heritage, their culture, their property, and my river and beaches. Spasebo (Thank you).”
||Visit Ninilchik, enjoy the rich history, take in the panoramic & breathtaking views.