State Parks

Our Great Local Alaska State Parks:

Unique within the State of Alaska, Ninilchik is a shoreline community along Cook Inlet, bounded on its north end by Ninilchik State Recreation Area and by Deep Creek State Recreation Area on its south end. Our parks’ popular tent and RV campgrounds, day use areas, and boat launch host thousands of visitors each year during the busy summer season. The parks are our protected access to all of our natural marine resources and recreation. Whether you are going to the beach or to one of the local rivers, you will be visiting one of our seven local State Parks. Please, always familiarize yourselves with posted park and fishing regulations and enjoy our great natural and cultural treasures. State Parks management focuses on protecting the quality of the recreational experience for visitors, while protecting the resources upon which outdoor recreation and local residents depend.

Many of our winter time guests, and residents from all over the state, head to the Caribou Hills, above and east of Ninilchik. Snowmobiling, cross country skiing, dog mushing, hunting, cabin hopping or lounging at a hilltop roadhouse are just some of the fun that bring folks here when the snow falls. Alaska State Parks manages the main snowmobile trailhead at Clam Gulch, on the Sterling Highway. Along with Oilwell Road, extending east from Ninilchik, these two routes are the gateway to a great expanse of southern peninsula high country.