Russia claimed the Kamchatka Peninsula in the 17th century. Ivan Kamchaty, Simon Dezhnev, Cossack Ivan Rubetz, and other Russian explorers made expeditions to the area in the mid 1600’s returning with tales of a land of fire, rich with fish and fur.
In early 1741, Admiral Vitus Bering left from Avacha Bay, Kamchatka to discover a land known as Alaska. Now some 250 years later, Alaska has been exploited while Kamchatka exists much the way Admiral Bering left it. Rightly so, Kamchatka is often called "one of the last great unspoiled natural wonders of our world". The Soviet Union kept Kamchatka a closely guarded military zone for most the twentieth century. It was not until after Perestroika that Russia threw the iron curtain wide open for outside exploration. This volcano and river-filled region has always been regarded as a land of wonder. The peninsula has more landmass than California, yet only one passable road into the interior. The west coast and all of the northern regions remain unroaded and inaccessible except by helicopter. Kamchatka juts out into the northern Pacific directly in the path of the warm Japanese current. This fortunate positioning helps to provide relatively mild winters compared to nearby Siberia. Along with these warm currents comes the wealth of the Pacific Ocean including salmon, whales and a wonderful array of coastal wildlife. Brown bear, otter, bighorn sheep, caribou and moose all flourish amongst the backdrop of a pristine wilderness.
After the opening of Russia in the late 1980's, many Kamchatka residents left for a less expensive and easier life on the mainland. The population now is 30% what it was at the beginning of Perestroika. With no roads to Kamchatka everything must come to the peninsula by ship or air, driving up the cost of living. The entire peninsula has a population under 300,000 people and about 250,000 of them live in the capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatksky (Petro). By comparison, in northern Kamchatka the density of population is .08/km while Alaska is .4/km. This means Alaska is 5 times more populated than Kamchatka, Wyoming 23 times, Montana 30 times and Colorado 200 times. Kamchatka continues to be a wilderness outpost and should remain so well into the future.
Warmly embracing operations like ours, the peninsula has been open to foreign outdoor enthusiasts for over fifteen years. Located over 6,000 miles away from the big city problems of Moscow, Kamchatka offers a safe, stable environment for the discriminating angler.