Kenai River and the Surrounding Area

The Kenai River area is one of the most popular fishing destinations in the state of Alaska for locals and visting anglers alike. During the summer months the quiet Kenai Peninsula becomes a bustling and vibrant community of visitors and folks from all over the state heading south to take on the salmon runs. The small towns in the area host incredibe lodges, restaurants, shops and more to accomodate thousands of anglers.

Kenai River boats

© Derek Gardner

Kenai River

Kenai River fishing is world class. The Kenai River is known as one of the best sportfishing rivers around the world. It stretches through 82 miles of the central Kenai Peninsula of Alaska and flows through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Not only does the Kenai River offer world class fishing, there is also scenic hiking, rafting and wildlife viewing to experience. Read more.

Kasilof River

The Kasilof River flows 17 miles from the large sockeye spawning lake, Tustumena Lake, out into the Cook Inlet. It hosts multiple species of fish including salmon, Dolly Varden, rainbow trout, and steelhead trout. Although there are many different species of fish in this river, the sockeye are the most popular target.

Beach Fishing

Anglers have taken up fishing for halibut from the beach. Shore fishing in the salt water near the mouths of the Kenai and Kasilof rivers has gained popularity in recent years too.

Kenai River Area Communities

Guides and Lodging in the Kenai Area:

Featured Businesses:

Alaska Canoe

Our Alaska Canoe & Campground home is close to the entrance of the Kenai Canoe Trail System, and the Kenai River so it did not take long until folks were asking us to help them get into the remote lakes and trails and also on the Kenai River in the hunt for salmon and trout.

Alaskan Fishing Adventures

It’s the Kenai Peninsula where anglers go when seeking trophy-class fishing for salmon and halibut. More kings over 70 lbs. have been landed there than in all other parts of Alaska combined! Experienced, professional guides and world-class Alaska fishing that will literally take your breath away await you.

Big Dan’s Riverfront Lodge

Big Dan’s Riverfront Lodge is conveniently located 2 miles from the center of Soldotna, Alaska. Each cabin is private and includes its own kitchen facilities and restrooms so you and your party can enjoy your stay at a safe and comfortable distance. Guests will have access to private riverfront fishing. Fishing poles and nets will be available for use, as well as a convenient cleaning station with filet knives.

Eagle’s Eye Vacation Rentals

This property is very conveniently located in the middle of the Kenai Peninsula. Just minutes away from the small town conveniences such as restaurants, groceries, etc., Eagle’s Eye Vacation Rentals is a great base accommodation for your whole Alaskan vacation. From halibut and salmon fishing to white water rafting to bird watching, guided or not, this is it! You could be just about any where on the Kenai Peninsula and do just about anything you can dream of with very little effort and minimal time frames.

Explore Kenai

Reach out to Explore Kenai to speak with a life-long, Alaskan local and receive complimentary help with your adventure. As a family-owned business, Dustin and Dallas Voss will get your party out on the Kenai or Kasilof river to chase three species of salmon – kings, sockeye, and silvers – or target the world-class rainbow trout fishery.

  • Explore Kenai
  • 907.690.6477

Golden International

Look no further than Golden International Chinese Restaurant in Soldotna, where you are treated like a member of their family with delicious home-style meals prepared with dedication by their passionate and experienced chefs.

Kenai River Recon

Experience expert guided Kenai and Kasilof River fishing for salmon and trout with Kenai River Recon. Pick your target species of fish and book your trip today. Veteran owned and operated by Sean Smart who is living out his dream, guiding full time and sharing his passion with visitors and locals alike.

  • Kenai River Recon
  • 907-440-8919