Fishing lodges and outfitters on the west side of Kodiak Island carter to visiting anglers interested in experiencing one of the greatest sockeye fisheries in the world. Saltwater fishing trips are also available as lodges offer accommodations, meals and charter boats.
The Karluk River is known as the greatest sockeye salmon stream in the world but also supports king salmon, Dolly Varden, steelhead and rainbow trout fisheries as well. A few miles inland, Karluk Lake also has spectacular sport fishing; one reason the state maintains a floatplane base on the lake.
The Russian influence on Karluk resulted in the Ascension of Our Lord Russian Orthodox Chapel built in 1888 and today a national historic site. The church features an unusual half-onion dome set to a spectacular cliff-and-ocean backdrop.