Based in Ninilchik, Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula
Ninilchik is centrally located on the Kenai Peninsula with Homer 35 miles to the south, Soldotna and the Kenai River just 40 miles to the north. From Anchorage, it’s about a 180 mile drive along a well maintained scenic highway passing around Turnagain Arm and through the Kenai Mountains. Ninilchik, along the shores of Cook Inlet, is an ideal “home base” in which to explore the entire Kenai Peninsula. Ninilchik is nestled between two small streams, the Ninilchik River and Deep Creek, both of which drain into the inlet providing access for salmon, mostly kings and silvers. There are several restaurants here, a gas station, and a well stocked General Store.
Ninilchik was settled by Russian Native families in the 1830's. The Russian Orthodox Church, poised on a hilltop above the old village is probably the most photographed view on the Kenai Peninsula.
During the 1980’s, a handful of us ventured out into central Cook Inlet in search of halibut and salmon. There are no docks or ramps in Ninilchik, but a stretch of beach just south of town near Deep Creek provided a means to launch and retrieve a small boat. Someone came up with the idea that a tractor could be used on the beach instead of old pick-up trucks, and the charter industry blossomed. In time, larger tractors were brought in that could launch and retrieve larger boats and the industry grew. The fishing in this part of the inlet is so incredible that tourism grew and everyone wanted to fish out of Ninilchik!
Reel’em Inn has been a part of this fishery since the beginning, over 35 years ago. The love of fishing and being able to share this adventure with others eventually brought us to the point of providing lodging, RV parking spaces with full hook-ups and a complete fish processing and shipping center. Today, Reel’em Inn has a fleet of 3 boats and a staff of captains/guides with years of experience in providing exceptional customer service. Many other companies have come and gone over the years but Reel’em Inn is still here providing the best service Ninilchik has to offer for those that love fishing and the great outdoors as we do.
Alaska’s summer season is quite short. Our tractor launch facility at Deep Creek is open May 1st – through September 7th. Halibut are available during the entire season, and king salmon are available in May through about the first week in June, and again in early to mid-July. Razor clamming adventures run all summer when tides permit, usually around the full moon or no moon times. The days of summer are long, the nights are short, and the fish are in! Make Reel’em Inn part of your Alaska adventures!