The Kenai River is the longest river on the Kenai Peninsula in South-central Alaska. It is the most popular sport fishing destination in Alaska, and it boasts some of the most scenic rafting and hiking opportunities in the state. For over 40 years Alaska River Adventures has been the leading guide for exciting adventures in this pristine wilderness.
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The Upper Kenai - As the mountain valley narrows, Kenai Lake becomes the river right at our outfit. This section of river is popular for trout, and Salmon fishing. The upper Kenai boasts two to three spirited rapids, as it winds its way through the small town of Cooper Landing.
The Refuge - Beginning at the world famous confluence of the Russian and Kenai rivers, this four mile stretch is the most popular for locals and guides. The river winds and braids through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and is considered one of the most beautiful places in Alaska.
The Canyon - As you float past Jim's Landing you enter the fabled Kenai River Canyon. Here the elevation drops, creating four class II rapids. The Canyon is still deep into the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Breathtaking views are abundant as well as world class Trout and Salmon fishing. Running the Canyon is always weather dependent, as a near-shore lake crossing is required at the end of the day. High winds make the crossing unsafe.
The Russian River - This beautiful gin clear river starts from lower Russian lake and winds its way down to the Kenai river. The Russian is a walk-in fishery for Red Salmon and Trout.
The Middle - This section historically holds the biggest Rainbow trout on the Kenai River. Salmon fishing can be incredible, as they are closer to the ocean. We only offer full day adventures on this water, so prepare for a big day.
The Lower - After a drive to Eagle Rock boat launch in the town of Soldotna, we will launch our river boat and fish near the ocean for Salmon. The season will determine what species. Because of the close proximity to the ocean, the salmon are fast and put up an amazing fight. This style of fishing is considered conventional. For the fly fisherman we recommend any of the upstream sections.
The Kasilof - During the spring the Kasilof is a great place to fish for the legendary King Salmon. In the fall the Kasilof is best known for its Steelhead run. Guides will use drift boats for both runs. King Salmon fishing is a conventional style, while Steelhead attracts fly-fisherman.There are opportunities to catch Steelheads in the spring and fall.
World Famous For Fish
Nestled in the mountains and surrounded by the immense beauty of the Kenai Peninsula, the Kenai River is the home of world class fishing. Fishermen from around the world visit Cooper Landing to catch the fish of their dreams. Travelers seek the adventure of a lifetime. Families and hikers come to witness nature and wildlife in the Last Frontier. Alaska River Adventures is your guide to experience all that the Kenai River has to offer.