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    My Mom has informed me that she would like to take the kids to Alaska for a vacation/her 50th B-day for some fishing/family fun. So I know this is a wide open question but where, hopefully not to "touristy",not too far from Anchorage (a few hours by vehicle),somewhere where we can get a good variety of fish, some river, maybe a day of halibut, some other family activities river rafting, gold mining, four wheeling etc. Her birthday is the middle of June, but she wouldn't mind waiting until July, she likes it warmer, even though were Minnesotan's. Is there anything to hunt in a couple of days that time of year (black bear)? The "kids" are all in our 20's, and she and my step-dad are very active/physically fit, so we are not looking for a "cushy resort" type of thing, maybe renting a house. Thanks for any suggestions/help.

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    Seward is always a good place, especially in mid- to late-July for silvers and halibut (boat/charter fishing). It's quite a scenic little place, too. The weather is typically good during that time...and about an hour and a half to two hour drive...depending on traffic.

    The Kenai/Russian rivers should have sockeye salmon running around that time too, if you're looking to go unguided. There is a lot of information on older threads about when/how/where to do that. Be prepared for lots of other people standing next to you.

    If you want to do guided fishing for king salmon...the Kenai (also in July) is something to look at. If you aren't putting in a lot of time for fishing...you should be prepared to not catch anything...but there is also the chance to catch a big fish. A good guide can make a difference, but it's still kind of like a lottery. You may hit it big or you may get nothing. But, heck...even an average Kenai king salmon is huge by most (non-Alaska) standards. Also for kings (and depending on run strength) the Deshka or Little Susitna could be an option...that's also less than two hours driving the north of Anchorage.

    Good luck...don't forget to post your pictures here next summer!

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    I agree with the Seward recommendation. Great saltwater fishing out of there, lots of variety, and you're close to Cooper Landing for some great river fishing for sockeye salmon and trout. Black bear hunting is also open in the area that time of year, but the fur quality isn't the best in the summer. Lots of great hiking trails in the area, though not much in the way of 4-wheeling. Taking a raft trip down the Kenai River canyon would put you into some mellow whitewater with some great fishing and scenery as well. Since you're all physically active, you could also hike to some of the alpine lakes for grayling and more trout fishing (and maybe rent one of the backcountry forest service cabins).

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    here is an idea...


    send mom...

    send the kids....



    go the other way... get drunk and relax.....

    meet them at the airport and help carry gifts home....


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    Seward for sure came to mind when I read your post. Been there a few times myself and I think you would get alot out of it. Fishing is great on the Kenai, Kasilof, etc.. Charter a boat for kings perhaps. I went out with Jimmie Jack Charters once and they are top notch outfit. Float the Upper or Middle Kenai for rainbows with one of the guides at Troutfitters. Many others to choose from and some advertise here on the forum. Check out Jessal's Fishing. Down in Seward rent a boat (we used Puffin Charters) and go halibut fishing. See Exit Glacier near Seward. Have some of the family go do the Iditaride thing at the nearby kennel in Seward. Former Iditarod champ has a set up there. They can have a buggie ride with dogs pulling, see the dogs of course, learn something about mushing. You should be on the Kenai fishing for kings while they do this. Take the family to the Sealife Center in Seward. Take the "Captains Choice" day cruise with Kenai Fjords Tours to see some whale, wildlife, and coastline. That was one of the best days (scenery wise) I have had in Alaska. Want something different, rent a yurt from Orca Island Cabins for a night or two. Stock up on beer, relax, and do some sea kayaking (not in this order). Be sure to drive over to Homer one day if not longer. Lovely drive down there and much to see. We rented a nice house in Seward in summer of '06. Happy to send the info. If interested, just shoot me a PM. Below are some pics we got on the Kenai and links to things I mentioned...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/2114408...95387576/show/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/2114408...51000035/show/

    http://www.virtualcities.com/vacation/ak/s/aks14v1.htm

    http://jessalsfishing.com/

    http://www.kenaifjords.com/kenai-custom-tours.html

    http://aktroutfitters.com/

    http://www.ididaride.com/

    http://www.alaskasealife.org/

    http://www.jimmiejackfishing.com/


    A few representative photos of the Kenai...

















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    Mike,

    Check your PM's

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    Soldotna - everything is in range... rivers, oceans, sightseeing, etc.
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    I would also recommend SE. Ketchikan provides Excellent salt and freshwater fishing. Many other great activities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ifishktn View Post
    I would also recommend SE. Ketchikan provides Excellent salt and freshwater fishing. Many other great activities.
    Just stay away from downtown during the summer or you'll get trampled by the tourists.

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