Fritz Creek, Kachemak Bay

Fritz Creek, Kachemak Bay

by | May 20, 2019

Fritz Creek is a stream on the Kenai Peninsula that flows south for 7 miles (11.3 km) to the north shore of Kachemak Bay, Alaska. The local name was first reported in 1904 by R.W. Stone of the U.S. Geological Survey. Fritz Creek is also the name of a distributed community, centered at the Fritz Creek General Store, located about 7 miles (11.3 km) northeast of Homer on East End Road.

The area around Kachemak Bay is historically considered to be Dena’ina Athabascan territory, although archaeological sites suggest the presence of Alutiiq people as early as 4,500 years ago. European and American attempts to exploit area coal seams in the late 1800s was marginally successful. The nearby Fox River Flats were likely named after Theodore Fox of the North Pacific Mining and Transportation Company that operated coal mines in Kachemak Bay. Coal seams are still visible in many exposed bluffs on the north side of Kachemak Bay between Fritz Creek and Kachemak Selo.

Today, Fritz Creek is populated by those seeking a more wilderness experience, although the economy of Fritz Creek is intimately linked with that of Homer. Most people living in the Fritz Creek area need to haul potable water or have water delivered because of poor quality groundwater, so the growth of the community will be limited by water supply. Future water supplies may require the need to dam Fritz Creek to create a reservoir and build a water treatment facility. Electricity is provided by a local utility and there is one school at McNeil Canyon Elementary, although there are also schools at the villages of Kachemak Selo and Voznesenka. There are no local health care facilities or public safety providers and these services are provided by Homer. Read more here and here. Explore more of Fritz Creek here:

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