History of Halibut Cove

Discover our little ecological niche- the perfect balance of history, art, music and environmental stewardship- Halibut Cove truly is Alaskan coastal living at its finest.

From 1911 to 1928, Scandinavian fishermen followed a rich herring run to Halibut Cove. The fishery employed as many as 1,000 people during the height of the season. By 1928 the herring were gone due to poor management of the waste from the processing facilities, called salteries. Halibut Cove soon became a ghost town of old-timers.

In 1948, Clem Tillion came to Halibut Cove. In 1952, he married Diana Rutzebeck, and together they pioneered the community into a fishing and arts mecca. Diana’s Cove Gallery, featuring her work done primarily in octopus ink, opened in 1968.

Today, fine art has become a major industry in this community along with fishing, sustainable shellfish farming and tourism.

Your adventure awaits.

No matter how you prefer to spend your Alaska vacation, we’re excited to help you create your one-of-a-kind journey. Thanks for choosing Stillpoint Lodge as your preferred Alaskan resort!

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Our boutique resort is nestled on the edge of the wilderness just a short voyage across the towering mountain fjord of Kachemak Bay.

Abundant, landscaped gardens yield fresh, organic produce picked fresh just steps from your dinner table.

Visit Stillpoint Lodge near Homer, Alaska for an authentic Alaska itinerary... and make memories and friends that last a lifetime.

"If you are searching for the raw and unspoiled theater of the wild, yet still wish for the luxuries of civilization, Halibut Cove is the place for you.

And no one can better offer you that experience than Stillpoint Lodge.”

Alaska legend and official balladeer, Hobo Jim