Explore Halibut Cove
The charming village of Halibut Cove, on Ismailof Island across Kachemak Bay from Homer, Alaska, was the scene of a thriving herring fishery in the early 1900's. At it's peak 36 saltrys operated here. The fishery collapsed in 1928.
A colorful aspect of Halibut Cove's past, bootleggers' stills were tucked in among the spruce during prohibition. The Revenue Cutter was a frequent visitor to Halibut Cove in those days! Halibut Cove is now home to a few dozen residents, largely fishermen and artists. You'll have time to see it during your 2 1/2 hour visit on the Kachemak Bay Ferry, the “Danny J” .
Stroll the 12 blocks of boardwalk. Enjoy a bite to eat or your favorite drink at the Saltry Restaurant (ask your Danny J crew for a look at their menu).
Visit Diana Tillion's famed art gallery; she's best known for her octopus ink paintings. You may want to hike on one of the island's many. beautiful trails or quiet beaches. Don't forget your binoculars and camera - the island is rich in bird life and natural beauty.
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