We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Kachemak Bay State Park

Alaska, Homer, Homer, AK
Improve this listing
Ranked #4 of 14 attractions in Homer
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Activities: Kayaking, Viewing wildlife, Fishing
Owner description: This enormous state park, largely unexplored wilderness, includes glaciers, rivers and waterfalls and offers a 10-mile coastline strip that is... more » Owner description: This enormous state park, largely unexplored wilderness, includes glaciers, rivers and waterfalls and offers a 10-mile coastline strip that is excellent for fishing and kayaking. Wildlife sightings include puffins, eagles, sea otters, seals, porpoises and whales. « less
Write a Review

41 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    35
    4
    2
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Barcelona, Spain
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We were very lucky, because we had a nice sunshine, during the complete excursion!. Very nice trip with the simpathetic guy of the water taxi, and relatively light walking trail through the longest path, and then, when we reached the Glacier lake, the views where breathtaking, depite the very cold temperatures just by the lake "beach". Please be ready, and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This was our fourth trip to Alaska. We've previously been to Denali and Misty Fjords each once, and the Kenai peninsula three times primarily for hiking and paddling. Our first day in the park we attempted a hike to Emerald Lake and were surprised at how awful the trail was. Even our water taxi driver kind-of snorted when we asked... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boulder, Colorado
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The only way to get there is by water taxi, and you really feel like you're away from it all when you arrive. Be sure to get a trail map; there are options for day hikes or multiday backpacking. Kayaking or paddleboarding around the many coves and bays is a great way to see seals, sea otters, and porpoises.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Portland, Oregon
Top Contributor
147 reviews 147 reviews
56 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We traveled by Mako water taxi to the trail head where we traversed a very well maintained path about 3 miles to the Glacier lake and glacier. This trail went through boreal forest teeming with ripe blueberries/currants/watermelon berries and many birds. The glacier was stunning and calved some icebergs. Great for photography and general enjoyment. Then we finished the loop... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Troy, Michigan
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Thrilling bear watching trip - some were as close as 15 feet! A mama and cub walked right in to the water and gave us a show of salmon catching action from the Mama! The walk is thru some rough terrain, shallow water and it rained the whole 3 hours so make sure you take water proof and layered clothing.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles, CA
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
17 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Although it is expensive to reach the Glacier Lake trail, the hike is awesome. It's an easy 3-4 mile hike that just about anyone can do. My husband and I are 63 and we had no problems. The view from the lake is like a glimpse of the real Glacier Bay. Very special place that I won't forget. Sun was... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Glacier Lake Trail was great for a day in the park; saw moose on the trail. Even despite the ridiculous cost of the water taxi ($75 EACH!), it was one of our most memorable hikes.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
York, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Mako water taxi took us across the bay[$75pp]. They are great. Told us where the trail was when they dropped us off at the beach and the time and place they would pick us up. All worked perfectly. We had an easy 4 mile hike to Grewingk Glacier lake, 4 couples all mid sixties, We packed in a lunch and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Huntington Beach, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We went to Kachemak Bay State Park 2 days ago. This was one of the most awesome experiences we had. The view of Glacier Lake after a moderate hike left us without words. What made it so easy was the water taxi company we used to take us there. They were extremely knowledgeable and we highly recommend them. Their website... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 7
Anchorage, Alaska
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
25 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

You need a boat or a water taxi (Mako is our favorite) – but once you get across the bay a multitude of options for fun open up. If you just want a quick day hike consider the Grewingk glacier trail. You can do this as a loop from Hollywood beach to Glacier Spit (the best! – but there can... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 9

Been to Kachemak Bay State Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Kachemak Bay State Park, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing