Humpy Creek is on the Kenai Peninsula and flows northwest for 6.5 miles (10.5 km) to Kachemak Bay, about 14 miles (22.5 km) east of Homer, Alaska. The local name is likely for the pink or “humpback” salmon that spawn in this river and was first published by U.S. Geological Survey in 1950.
The creek is within Kachemak Bay State Park. This area was used historically by the Dena’ina and earlier cultures for gathering food, fishing, and hunting. Early settlers found this a place of natural beauty and solitude, and for decades the people of Homer came here for recreation. Kachemak Bay State Park was designated in June 1970 and was Alaska’s first state park. Today, there are nearly 400,000 acres (161,874 ha) of land within the park and the adjoining state wilderness park.
Humpy Creek is between Grewingk Creek and Mallard Bay and may easily be confused with Grewingk Creek which is larger but does not have a salmon run. The Emerald Lake Loop Trail is a popular hike of 12.6 miles (20 km) that starts at the mouth of Humpy Creek and follows the edge of the high tide line through the grass, then climbs into the woods and soon provides views of the Humpy Creek drainage and the glacial flats of Grewingk River. The trail intersects with the Emerald Lake Trail that leads to beautiful Emerald Lake and its alpine surroundings. The trail then climbs to Portlock Plateau for fantastic views of Kachemak Bay. Read more here and here. Explore more of Humpy Creek here: