J&J Smart Charters is a family-run business in Ninilchik, Alaska

A photographic haven lodged in history. People of Russian lineage from Kodiak originally began settling the area in the 1840s, as a fur trading village. Ninilchik is now a small fishing community that lives up to its given name ‘peaceful settlement by a river’.

Ninilchik Chamber of Commerce

Our campground normally opens May 1st – Labor Day, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (with varied hours when fishing charters are departing earlier). 

Meet The Crew

The entire crew at J&J Smart Charters loves what they do and look forward to seeing you this summer!

Captain John Smart and his wife, Joan

J&J Smart Charters is a family-run business.  John and Joan Smart have lived in Alaska since 1989 and started J&J Smart Charters in 1992 with Captain John as the main captain. 2017 was their 25th Anniversary of chartering on Cook Inlet in Ninilchik, Alaska.  They purchased Deep Creek View Campground in 1995 and have been providing unique camping experience and enjoyment in Ninilchik for over 20 years.

Captain Sarah

Our daughter, Sarah, has been helping on fishing charters since she was 11 years old and in 2003 received her captains license.  She is one of our part-time boat captains during the summer months and a part-time veterinarian during the winter months.

Captain Jabba

Captain Jabba Aamodt is one of our full-time captains and current owner of the SOLO and HERS boats.  We are excited to have Jabba staying at our campground for the entire summer as a member of our camp family!

Captain Tim

Captain Tim is another one of our full-time captains. We’re excited for Tim to continue running fishing trips for us and having his wife, Leanne, join us at the campground during the summer months.

Captain Dan

Captain Dan Retzinger (a teacher from Anchorage) has been our part-time captain for many years, when his summer schedule allows.  Dan operates his own boat, the Seeker, when needed.  We always look forward to hearing all of Dan’s great stories.


Campground Manager, Jenny

Campground Manager, Jenny, joined our “camp family” in 2015 and is our full-time Camp Manager.  We are very happy to have her friendly smile, competence, and teaching experience at the campground this summer.  She’s absolutely incredible!

Captain Bubba

Captain Bubba

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