Ship Creek -- the Crown Jewel of the Anchorage Outdoors Scene

Posted by Dan Wolf on Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 at 8:02am.

How would you like to catch a 30 pound king salmon a half hour after leaving your office for the day? That's one activity Anchorage residents look forward to every summer. It's not necessary to drive to a rural location to find a clean river teeming with fish -- Anchorage's Ship Creek runs right through the northern part of downtown and is a well-loved component of the Anchorage outdoors scene.                  

The king salmon start running in Ship Creek in early June and continue until the season closes in the middle of July. Ship Creek is the only river in the Anchorage area that has a king salmon run -- the closest other place to catch the monarch of the northern seas is the Kenai River, which is too far away for a quick after-work fishing trip.

After the kings come the silvers at the end of July. The silver run is typically strong through August, and although it dwindles, it continues through October. Fall fishing on Ship Creek is particularly enjoyable for local residents because the summer crowds have gone home, and they've got their city to themselves again.

Last -- and least -- come the pink salmon. Although they begin to run earlier in July than the silvers, Ship Creek's pink salmon run only occurs every two years. Unlike most other spawning grounds, only one particular run of pink salmon uses Ship Creek as its spawning ground. They spend alternate years maturing in the deep Pacific waters between Alaska and Japan.

If fishing isn't your pastime, Ship Creek also feeds the eyes and the soul with its clear waters. Ship Creek isn't glacially fed, meaning that it's free of the glacial silt that makes many Alaskan rivers look brown. Instead of grabbing a fishing rod after work, grab a book, a camera, or the hand of your spouse or child and head to Ship Creek for some wilderness time right in the middle of the city.

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