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Ninilchik is located in south-central Alaska on the west side of the Kenai Peninsula. It lies on the coast of Cook Inlet, about 38 miles southwest of the town of Kenai. According to the 2010 census, the population was 883 residents. The town of Ninilchik is a popular tourist spot due to its' ideal location in the hart of the Kenai Peninsula and its old world charm and Russian influence. The town offers a variety of activities, but is especially know for it's salmon fishing. You can hire a commercial fishing guide, or fish on your own along the Ninilchik River or in Cook Inlet. The beaches at Ninilchik are also popular for digging Pacific Razor Clams. The Ninilchik boat harbor is a great place for watching fishing vessels offload their catches, and history buffs will enjoy visiting the Russian Orthodox Church, built in 1900. The town is home to various lodging, such as bed and breakfast inns, cabins, campgrounds and RV parks. Ninilchik is also home to the annual Kenai Peninsula Fair. You can reach Ninilchik on the Sterling Highway at mile 134. It's approximately a 180- mile drive from the city of Anchorage.

Surrounding areas: Clam Gulch, Alaska (15.6 mi), Anchor Point, Alaska (19.8 mi), Kasilof, Alaska (24.0 mi), Homer, Alaska (28.6 mi), Kachemak Bay, Alaska (33.0 mi), Halibut Cove, Alaska (35.1 mi), Soldotna, Alaska (36.7 mi)

Ninilchik Vacation Rentals

Ninilchik Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Bidarka Inn575 Sterling HwyHomer, AK28.6 mi.(907) 235-8148
Dandy CabinsHomer, AK28.6 mi.(907) 235-3839
Bed & Breakfast
The Lilypad Bed & Breakfast3954 Bartlett StHomer, AK28.3 mi.(907) 235-6630

Ninilchik Weather & Climate

South-central Alaska has a subarctic climate, with strong oceanic influences. This part of Alaska gets less rain, but more snow, than the southeast Panhandle region. Summers are short and cool to mild, and winters are long and cold. There are frequent, strong southeast winds, known as the Knik wind, in this area, especially in the winter. Rains are frequent in late summer, but not abundant. The number of frost-free summer days number 101. The latitude in this region causes summer days to be very long and winter days to be very short. It is also generally very cloudy during winter. Due to the proximity to active volcanoes, ash hazards may occur and are significant, but not frequent.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 26°F 16°F 2.08 in. -
February 27°F 16°F 1.57 in. -
March 31°F 20°F 1.31 in. -
April 38°F 26°F 1.26 in. -
May 47°F 34°F 1.76 in. -
June 55°F 40°F 1.52 in. -
July 58°F 45°F 2.26 in. -
August 58°F 45°F 3.08 in. -
September 50°F 39°F 4.50 in. -
October 38°F 28°F 3.63 in. -
November 31°F 21°F 2.84 in. -
December 28°F 18°F 2.46 in. -

Ninilchik Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Homer airport (HOM) located about 28 miles south of Ninilchik in Homer, Alaska, the Soldotna airport (SXQ) located approximately 36 miles northeast of Ninilchik in Soldotna, Alaska, and finally the Kenai Municipal airport (ENA) located roughly 38 miles northeast of Ninilchik in Kenai, Alaska.

Ninilchik Attractions

Golf Courses
Kachemak Bay Lynx GolfHomerAK28.8 mi.
Ski Areas
AlpenglowAnchorageAK100.4 mi.
Hilltop Ski AreaAnchorageAK100.4 mi.
Alyeska ResortGirdwoodAK105.1 mi.
State Parks
Kachemak Bay State ParkAK39.4 mi. 
Pratt Museum's Wild-Eyed AlaskaHomerAK28.6 mi.(Science)

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