"ISLAND" ON "ISLAND LAKE"
CAPITAL OF THE WORLD"
only four lakes big enough in the Borough of Kenai, Alaska that
can allow floatplane access. Out of these four lakes, only two
(including Island Lake) allow floatplanes to take off and land
from all four directions (North, East, South or West) on any
given day of the year. But there is only one of these lakes
that has a 8.79 acre island majestically floating in the middle
of it; only one with public access to it; and only one with
sport fishing year around, on the water or through the ice,
thanks to the efforts of the Alaskan Forestry Department. Island
Lake is yearly stocked full of huge habitat fresh water trout,
and Cohoes salmon, purposefully tendered to maintain an abundance
of this natural species, to keep it from becoming just another
fished out resource.
is located near, but not in, the Kenai National Moose Range
Reservation. The very top of the Island is a plush pasture of
fauna, known to be the den of more than one nesting moose and
calf. And although you could hunt your subsistence from the
front porch of your cabin, most Alaskans prefer to do their
game hunting in the nearby Wrangell Mountains where everything
is wild and bountiful.
on Island Lake boasts of over eleven miles of pebble beach coastline
surrounding its protective coves and long strident beaches.
No messy shoreline mud to walk through in order to dock your
plane, skiff, or canoe. The island rises from the shoreline
approximately two hundred feet to the pasture above, through
a forest of plush mature trees, including every type of flora
that grows on the Kenai Peninsula. There is not a single lot
on the island that does not have a private hideaway from its
neighbor due to the geographic layout, nor do many lots not
have the presence of the mysterious sleek white terns that fly
to Alaska from Argentina, or Antarctica, migrating for the summer
to hatch their young in the Island trees before returning home
in the winter.
find the map of the Kenai Peninsula attached to this web page
which will acquaint you with the location of the "Island
Lake Subdivision." Only ½ hour south of Anchorage,
as the crow flies, the Island is located 11 miles northwest
of the city of Kenai, with year round paved roads to Island
Lake. The lake has a consortium of beautiful homes spotting
its outer shore, making access to civilization a happy retreat
Peninsula Borough is that part of Alaska commonly referred to
as the "Banana Belt." Ranging from the Anchorage portage
to the Homer spit, 100 miles away, this coastal community along
the Cook Inlet, brags of its warm winters and sultry like summers
that spread from Anchorage, down the Kenai Peninsula, to the
sandy Homer Spit. Homer, as anyone that has ever visited Alaska
will testify, is an artist colony and fishing village that has
spawned the likes of such young pop stars such as "Jewel,"
and many a seawafarer. It also preserves the oldest known building
on the sea spit known as the "Salty Dawg Saloon."
It is there you can purchase the bumper sticker that reads:
"Homer, a quaint drinking village, with a big fishing problem."