Port of Seldovia
Cruising and Travel

While it is off the beaten path, the Port of Seldovia is a secluded fishing village that boasts beautiful natural scenery, plentiful wildlife, and welcoming residents. Accessible only by sea or air, the Port of Seldovia is neither commercialized nor crowded. It offers the charm of a small Alaskan fishing village for adventurers who love outdoor activities and sports fishers.

Located on the Kenai Peninsula, the Port of Seldovia enjoys a maritime climate with relatively warm winters and cool summers. Winter temperatures range from an average of -11°C (12°F) to -6°C (21°F). Summer temperatures range from an average of 9°C (48°F) to 18°C (65°F). The Port of Seldovia gets about 34 inches of precipitation each year.

Visitors to the Port of Seldovia will find nature trails, beaches, and diverse and abundant wildlife. The Port of Seldovia has 20 lodging facilities with almost 200 beds for overnight stays. The Port of Seldovia is only an hour away from prime halibut fishing grounds. Sports fishing is a major tourist attraction in the Port of Seldovia, and there is a King salmon run and five sport fishing charter services in the village. Local hunting guides take visitors to view or hunt wildfowl and black bears. Visitors can also rent bicycles, kayaks, and ATVs in the Port of Seldovia.

The Seldovia Village Tribe opened a new permanent exhibit in 2009 that portrays the history and culture of the Dena'ina, Sugpiaq, and Aleut peoples who have occupied the Port of Seldovia area for thousands of years. The exhibit describes the origins, lifestyles, and the traditional and modern subsistence activities of the people. The exhibit includes the era of Russian influence and displays cultural artifacts, specimens of plants and animals, and stories from the traditions and culture of the Port of Seldovia's Native residents.

Each 4th of July, the Seldovia Chamber of Commerce sponsors an Invitational Chainsaw Carving Contest, and the Seldovia Arts Council sponsors the annual two-day Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival.

Visitors to the Port of Seldovia who love the outdoors will enjoy one of the natural trails in the area. The Otterbahn Trail, about 1-1/2 miles round-trip, follows the coastline through Spruce forest to the Outside Beach. The trail passes through woodland meadow, salt marsh, and a creek. Boardwalks cross the meadow and salt marsh. Restrooms are available at Outside Beach. The Rocky Ridge Trail, a three-mile loop, leads visitors through Spruce forest with overlooks of Seldovia Bay. This more challenging trail climbs to the ridge, and sturdy shoes and rain gear are recommended. Travelers along the Port of Seldovia's Rocky Ridge Trail will get a sampling of the diverse natural flora of the area.

Although it was mostly destroyed by the 1964 earthquake, portions of the old historic Port of Seldovia boardwalk remain near Seldovia Slough. Involving an easy stroll, the old boardwalk affords observation of many species of birds.

Since 1891, the Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, a national historic site, stands on the hill above Main Street. Serving as a place to worship, meet with friends, and go to school, the church has played a vital role in the history of the Port of Seldovia and continues to do so today.

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