About the Area
The vicinity around Aspen Hollow is an area that has a history entrenched with both Native Alaskan and Russian culture. Kasilof itself is a geographic location rather than an established community, that encompasses 11.4 sq. miles. Often referred to jointly as "Cohoe" there once was an autonomous post office located approximately a mile from here.
Later years saw a merge of Cohoe into Kasilof, with a new log post office located now off the intersection of the Sterling Highway and K-Beach Road. Kasilof was an agricultural settlement of Kenaitze Indians, which grew around a stockade built by the Russian Kolomon of the Lebedef-Lastochkin Company.
In 1937, a partial excavation of the area revealed 31 well-preserved houses from that earlier era. Some of these unique native-built structures are but a stone's throw away from Aspen Hollow, all located on private land. In the course of excavation for building projects in the area, pieces of Russian Pottery have been reported.
Commercial Fishing as a source of income and way of life is a large part of the fabric that comprises the Kasilof region. Both set-net camps as well as commercial drift-fleet fishermen call Kasilof home for a brief, but intense period during the height of the sockeye salmon run from late June to the end of July.
While not as lucrative as this occupation once was (Just a few short years ago, commercial fishermen could sell their catch for $3 per pound, with last season's prices barely climbing over .50 cents per pound) many in the area continue to maintain this unique lifestyle. If you elect to take a walk down to the shoreline of Cook Inlet, you will see the fishermen in action.
For current information on the Kenai Peninsula Region, check out the newspaper the community reads: The Peninsula Clarion
Want to find out about sport fishing? Visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game site to check out the regs and even apply for your license online!
Looking to fly from Alaska's largest city, Anchorage, to the Kenai Peninsula? Kenai offers quick commuter flights to and from Anchorage on a regular basis several times daily. Kenai is a scenic 25 minute drive from Aspen Hollow. You can book your travel online with ERA Aviation. Make sure to check your bags all the way through to Kenai (Airport code is ENA) when you depart your home airport. You can also check for flights with GRANT Aviation to and from Kenai and Anchorage.
There are rental car counters located in Kenai as well. But book early if you are traveling during our peak summer seasons, as you may find that all the inventory has been reserved! A few recongized names you can book with: AVIS HERTZ and PAYLESS