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We have this thing in Alaska called subsistence rights. It applies to all Alaskans modeled after Native Alaskan lifestyles of harvesting annual quantities of food all at once. From game animals to fish, mushrooms to berries, and whales too but only if you’re Native.

This Wednesday begins our local gill Set-net season for sockeye salmon. So for the next couple of weeks be prepared to see us live on the beach in our little (big) tent village. Breath fresh salty air. Fall asleep to the gentle melody of the tide. Work hard and play harder. It’s the Sourdough way!

2020 Fish Camp

Our fish camp tradition began 8 years ago with 3 women with a borrowed site and gear and determination to provide fish for our families. We weren’t very successful that first time. But we did not give up!

We have raised our kids with this annual event. At any given point in the year they can tell you how long until fish camp. It is a tradition that’s anticipated greatly.

This year is extra special because our founder, Niki, is back with us. She’s been full-time RV living and missed the past several years. We are all looking forward to the reconnect.

It’s time to get our fish. Winter is coming.

A few salmon from last year’s harvest.

Over the years we’ve had a few visitors, my Mom & Seester, my cousin Shirley, friend Lynn, fake sister Nikki… But as many or more have promised to visit and never have (looking at you Wes!). Always they ask, when should we visit and what is there to do? Of course I always say June is too busy, but come any other time! And there’s so much to do. How much money (or how little) do you want to spend?

Halibut and salmon fishing are always top on people’s lists. Then there’s hiking and camping and sightseeing and hanging out in Homer and on and on.

Locally we have quite a few things as well. Soldotna has a nice little homesteading museum. Plus lots of fishing access. A wonderful park in the middle of town and all summer long the Music in the Park Series, free on Wednesday evenings.

For more local opportunities click here. I advise people to discover things that they might want to do then decide when to come. All too often I’m asked about seeing the Auroras and people have no clue that this is a *winter* activity!

So if you’re planning a visit this year (Thing 1’s graduation??) and are looking for something to do while you’re here, start planning now! Maybe we’ll see *you* soon!

Tides for fish camp 2022.