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Anchorage Sights

Ship Creek

  • Ship Creek Ave. Map It
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Updated 08/19/2014

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The creek is dammed right downtown, with a footbridge across the dam and access from either bank. There's a waterfall; salmon running upstream from June through August; anglers; and, above it all, downtown Anchorage. Farther upstream (follow Whitney Road and turn left on Post Road) is the newly renamed William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery—during the runs you can see salmon in the clear, shallow water as they try to leap up the falls. Look for the wheelchair-accessible

fishing platform on the trail directly north of the Comfort Inn.

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Ship Creek Ave., Anchorage, Alaska, 99501, United States

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Updated 08/19/2014


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Sep 9, 2004

Mud, Crud and Flood

Folks, if you plan to come to Alaska to fish, don't pin all your hopes on Ship Creek. First, it's muddy, and there is no way to explain AK mud except that every year someone needs to be rescued from it by the Fire Dept. So, bring good/tough waders. Leave your ultra expensive trout fly fishing gear home, and get some TOUGH gear. Be aware, the tides change about 20 feet, so it's an entirely different river from low to high tide, and different fishing

technique. Okay, if you fish there, be prepared for crowds. There ARE plenty of fish there when they run (not all the time). If you want to fish the streams, hit the road fisheries (Russian River, Sheep Ck, Willow Ck, Little Susitna River, Bird Ck, and Kenai River). It sure is fun to watch folks fish Ship Creek though, and you can do that w/out being in the mud from the bridges. If you want to see salmon, go to the Potter Marsh boardwalk OR the salmon hatchery on Ship Creek by Reeve Blvd and Post Rd (jumping king salmon here), but there is NO fishing there, just viewing. It's cool to fish for salmon in town, but it's a muddy mess in a rail yard. You catch fish, sure, but why not do it somewhere nicer? For quick hook-ups for the kids, go to Hope in Jul-Aug and fish for pinks under the bridge. Easy fishing, pretty, and not crowded. Kids love to catch pinks, and you CAN eat them (that's what you buy in the cans). Good luck!

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