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The Kenai Peninsula is called "Miniature Alaska" for its stunning mountains, dense forest, beautiful beaches, shorelines, wildlife, and many lakes and rivers. The peninsula is 150 miles south of Anchorage International Airport and is easily accessible by a 30-minute flight or a gorgeous 3-hour vehicle drive with plenty of turnouts to view wildlife and take in the wildflower colors. The location, surrounded by the Cook Inlet to the West and Prince William Sound to the East, provides ample opportunity for sport fishing and outdoor adventures.

Aerial view of the Kenai Peninsula
Aerial view of the Kenai Peninsula

World-Class Fishing on the Kenai Penisula

The Kenai Peninsula's most popular sport fishing destination is the Kenai River for King (Chinook) Salmon. The World Record King was caught in 1985 at the Kenai and weighed 97 lbs. The Kenai River is a glacial river that runs 82 miles from Kenai Lake, through Skilak Lake and into Cook Inlet. Kenai River's brother is the Kasilof river; a peaceful, quiet, non-motorized river minutes away from the Kenai River. The Kasilof River is glacier fed by Tustumena Lake, settled in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Wilderness, and empties into the Cook Inlet in 18 miles of great salmon runs through pristine waters. Both rivers start with King salmon runs mid-May, peaking mid-June with second run July to mid-August with varying restrictions on methods and take by month. Sockeye (red) salmon start to enter rivers around Father’s Day and continue to build until their peak in late July (around the 19th on the Kasilof and the 27th on the Kenai). Sockeye runs have been spectacular over the past few years with over 900,000 fish returning to the Kasilof and over 2 million on the Kenai in 2023. They start to tail off around the end of the first week of August on the Kasilof and the middle of August on the Kenai. Coho (silver) salmon start entering the rivers in the early part of August with the run lasting well into the fall. During even years large numbers of pink salmon run with the Coho on both rivers. In the middle of September, the steelhead return to the Kasilof and stay through the winter. There is also exceptional trophy trout fishing on the Kenai particularly at the end of August and throughout September.

In addition to the Kasilof and Kenai, there is guided fly fishing on several smaller waters for dolly varden, salmon, and steelhead. These waters are not glacier fed like the bigger rivers so they run clearer and make sight fishing possible. There is also fly fishing on the bigger rivers for trophy trout. All trout are catch and release including steelhead.

Homer is located at the southwest tip of the Kenai Peninsula, 63 miles from Kasilof, and is known as the "Halibut Fish Capital of the World". Ocean fishing is good for halibut during the entire fishing season but is best in July and August. Ocean kings are available throughout the season. Silver salmon and pink salmon are prevalent in the ocean in August. Ling cod becomes available July 1st and rockfish are always around.

Other Activities & Lodging on the Kenai Peninsula

The Kenai Peninsula also offers a wide variety of outdoor adventures such as glacier tours, sea kayaking, horseback riding, clam digging and ATV tours. It also serves as a gateway to for float plane fly-outs for fishing, bear viewing, and flight-seeing at destinations such as Lake Clark National Park and the world-famous Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park.

The Kenai Peninsula has a variety of places to stay while fishing and enjoying the outdoors. There are all-inclusive lodges with luxury amenities, B&B, cabin rentals, and lodges with fishing accommodations that offer guided combination packages of fresh and saltwater fishing for anglers.

Experience the Kenai Peninsula with Anglers Haven Lodge

The Kenai is unique as it provides the visitor an opportunity to fish fresh and saltwater, sight see, and enjoy an accessible Alaska experience in one destination. Central to the Kenai is Anglers Haven Lodge located just 12 miles south of Soldotna overlooking the scenic Kasilof River. Anglers Haven specializes in building customized, affordable fishing packages for couples, company retreats, families, groups, or the single angler. Anglers Haven Lodge is partnered with Western Wilderness Adventures, LLC river guides who run the best equipment and boats on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. These experienced guides know where the salmon will be running daily, provide all gear and help anglers process fish to ship back home. The lodge is a one hour,15-minute drive to Homer for anglers who wish to ocean fish halibut, rock cod, lingcod and salmon. There is also available for the outdoor enthusiast, bear viewing, sea kayaking, ATV adventures, hiking, dog sledding, bird viewing or glacier tours. Lodging can accommodate parties from 2-8. All units have fully equipped kitchens, full baths, and living area. Amenities include a club house with covered BBQ area, guest laundry, 2 saunas, optional ready-to-go meals, Cornhole, and an outdoor fire pit.

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