Most visitors head for Old Ninilchik Village, which is bound on three sides by a bend in the Ninilchik River. On a beautiful day the original community is a postcard scene of faded log cabins in tall grass, beached fishing boats and the spectacular backdrop of Mount Redoubt. There are a dozen buildings, including the Sorensen/Tupper home built in 1895 with fir logs salvaged from fish traps and the town’s first Russian school house. The most spectacular building in the old village is the Russian Orthodox Church, commanding a grand view of Cook Inlet from the edge of a bluff above the town.
Although sightseeing is popular, clamming is the main lure through much of the summer. At low tide, clammers head to either Ninilchik State Recreation Area, across the river from the old village, or Deep Creek State Recreation Area. You can head to the beach of your choice where veteran clammers are usually more than happy to show you how to snag a six-inch razor clam, a true trophy in the world of mollusk connoisseurs.