Frequently Asked QuestionsGeneral Topics
Fishing and Clamming Topics
- When is the best time to visit?
- How long should I plan to stay?
- Where do I eat lunch and dinner?
- What is the weather like?
- How much daylight is there during the summer?
- How much daylight is there during the winter?
- What should I bring to wear?
- What fishing gear do I need to bring?
- How do I get my fish processed and shipped home?
- Do I need a special license for clamming?
- How many razor clams can I keep?
- What is the best way to prepare my fish and/or razor clams?
When is the best time to visit? It is always a good time to visit Clam Gulch and the Kenai Peninsula. The best time for you depends upon your interests and your sense of adventure. Click here for a chart that illustrates the primary months for the variety of activities available near the Lodge. Choose a period of time that best fits your favorite activities.Click here for a chart that illustrates what activities are available per month.
How long should I plan on staying? As much time as you can be away from home plus an extra day or week. Alaska is a very large state (more land area than the next four largest states—Texas, California, Montana, and New Mexico—in the U.S. combined. In fact, the Kenai Peninsula is larger in land area than nine states, so plan on spending at least a week partaking in the variety of outdoor activities that cause Alaskan's to proclaim the Kenai Peninsula as their "Outdoor Playground."Return to top
Where do I eat lunches and dinner? A hearty breakfast is provided with your stay at Clam Gulch Lodge. Lunch is provided with any guided fishing trips arranged through the lodge. There are a variety of good restaurants on the Kenai Peninsula. We will provide recommendations for restaurants based upon your individual taste preferences and the location of your daily activities.Return to top
What is the weather like?
Clam Gulch is located in the middle of the western coastline of the Kenai Peninsula along Cook Inlet. The high temperatures range from the middle 60s to middle 70s during the summer, middle 40s and 50s in the spring and fall, and the middle teens to 20s in the winter. The low temperatures in the summer months are in the upper 40s and in the winter months can dip below zero. The annual average precipitation in the area is about 20 inches and includes about 50 inches of snowfall during the winter season. There are a number of microclimates on the Kenai Peninsula, so please check with the local conditions in the specific areas that you will be visiting during your vacation.Return to top
How much daylight is there during the summer? While the sun sets for only about four and five hours during the months of June and July, it does not get truly dark. Many guests are surprised by their ability to stay up well past their normal bedtime to enjoy the setting sun around midnight. The longest day (summer solstice on June 21st) has almost 20 hours of daylight.Return to top
How much daylight is there during the winter? During the winter months the sun rises about mid-morning and sets about four o'clock in the afternoon. The shortest day (winter solstice on December 21st) has just under five hours of daylight.Return to top
What should I bring to wear? Most longtime Alaskans will tell you that the weather will be constantly changing so be prepared for all conditions. The best approach is to dress in layers so that you can adjust to the changes in temperature and precipitation. Here is list of recommended clothing to bring by season:
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ITEMS OF CLOTHING NOV thru MAR APR & MAY JUN thru AUG SEP & OCT Short sleeved shirts X Long sleeved shirts X X X X Sweatshirts/sweaters X X X X Shorts X Jeans/slacks X X X X Long underwear X X X Walking shoes/hiking X X X X Waterproof boots X X X Insulated boots X Warm hat & gloves X X X X Fiberfill vest X X X X Windbreaker jacket X X Winter coat X X X
Fishing and Clamming Topics
What fishing gear do I need to bring? You can bring as little as none to as much as you desire. The guided fishing trips include all of the gear that will be required to catch fish. Please bring your favorite rods, reels or fly fishing gear if you want to fish on your own along or in any of the numerous lakes, creeks, and rivers on the Kenai Peninsula.Return to top
How do I get my fish processed and shipped home? There are a variety of custom fish processors in the area that will fillet, vacuum pack, and freeze or can your fish. There are basically two options to shipping your catch home: 1) take the frozen/canned fish with you on your flight(s) home 2) ship the frozen/canned via FedEx or UPS. The best option for you should be based upon cost and time.Return to top
Do I need a special license for clamming? A valid Alaskan fishing license is all that is required to harvest clams.Return to top
How many razor clams can I keep? The current daily harvest limit is 60 clams per person.Return to top
What is the best way to prepare my fish and/or razor clams? The variety of ways to enjoy your catch of Alaskan seafood and shellfish is only limited by your imagination. So let your creativity go wild with the best tasting seafood/shellfish that you can possess. Here are a few of Clam Gulch Lodge's favorite recipes for you to enjoy.
Blackened Cajun Salmon Fillets
- 2 lbs Salmon fillets, skin on, cut into 8 oz. pieces
- Olive Oil, enough to coat bottom of skillet
- Cajun spice mix, to taste
- Salt and Ground Pepper, to taste
- Fresh limes, cut into sections
Coat the bottom of a large skillet with olive oil. Heat skillet on high setting. Sprinkle Cajun spices, salt and pepper onto the hot oil and let set until spices begin to turn black. Place salmon fillets, skin up onto the skillet and cook about three minutes. Turn the salmon fillets over and cover skillet. Cook until the salmon is done to your preferred level. Squeeze lime sections onto finished fillets.
Clam Gulch Lodge Halibut Artichoke DipIngredients:
by Kelly Warwick
- 2 lbs Halibut, cooked
- 1 cup Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
- 8 oz. Cream Cheese
- ½ cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded
- 2 cups Mayonnaise
- 1 can Artichoke Hearts (approx 14 oz can)
- 2 cloves Garlic, crushed
- 1 or 2 Jalapeño Peppers, finely chopped
- 1 tsp. Cajun Spices
Mix all ingredients in a saucepan. Cook on low heat until cheeses are melted. Stir often. Serve warm with sliced baguette bread or crackers.
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