There’s plenty of Alaska that remains wild and untouched. The Captain Cook State Recreation Area remains virtually undiscovered by the area’s visitors. The park offers a peaceful, natural setting with forests, lakes, streams, and even saltwater beaches. Only 25 miles north of Kenai, the Captain Cook State Recreation Area is worth a visit.
There is an extensive list of things to do the Captain Cook State Recreation Area and more than enough space to explore since the park has over 3,400 acres. Whether you enjoy water or land-based fun, there’s something to do at this natural refuge on Cook Inlet.
The Captain Cook State Recreation Area hosts a huge range of wildlife, from black bears, moose, wolves, bald eagles, coyote, beavers, beluga whales, harbor seals, cranes, swans, and a large number of other bird, fish, and amphibian species. Exploring the rocky areas on the beach may reveal interesting amphibians and fish.
Bring your rod and tackle box for incredible fishing opportunities, from rainbow trout and silver salmon in Swanson River and trout and arctic char in Stormy Lake. There’s even ice fishing during winter months on Stormy Lake. Be sure to obey all relevant Alaska laws and restrictions on fishing.
If you’re looking for a weekend adventure, Captain Cook State Recreation Area includes Discovery Campground within its borders, which has 53 campsites as well as picnic areas and shelters. To keep bears from getting into your stuff, keep your site clean and always pack food and other scented products away in air-tight containers.
Leashed dogs are welcome at Captain Cook State Recreation Area. The beaches are a great place to play in the sand and water. Use caution if you or your pet go swimming as the water is generally very cold and there is no lifeguard. Also, keep in mind that the tides can rise extremely quickly.
As with any public area, always remove pet waste and be respectful of park rules and other guests. In Southern Alaska near Anchorage, the Captain Cook State Recreation Area has plenty to entertain you and your pet and plenty of room to roam. So grab your family and your pooch and get to the park.