DescriptionHomer Pennock landed a party of gold and coal prospectors in the schooner Excelsior in 1896 and established Homer. Gold was not found, but an abundance of coal was and the settlement remained.
Healthy fishing and tourism industries support Homer's economy. Kachemak Bay, a 30-mile arm of lower Cook Inlet, provides a usually ice-free deepwater harbor for Homer. A small boat harbor has launching facilities and charter boats. Charter planes are available in town for hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing and sightseeing expeditions. Cross-country skiing is popular in winter. The city is linked by daily air service with Anchorage and once a month in the summer with Juneau, and by the Alaska Marine Highway with Kodiak and Seldovia.
Skyline Drive, accessible from West and East Hill roads, follows the rim of the plateau behind the town and offers access to ski slopes and views of the bay, Homer Spit and the Kenai Mountains. Chartered bush flights afford panoramas of the bay, open coal seams and Harding Icefield to the southeast.
InfoOfficeHomer Chamber of Commerce 201 Sterling Hwy. HOMER, AK 99603. Phone:(907)235-7740
Attraction PlaceHoldersAlaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center
FishingHomer Ocean Charters