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Kenai River Drifters Lodge

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Kenai River Drifters Lodge - Alaska
  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $3,500 to $4,000 Per Person
    4 - 5 Days: $2,500 to $3,000 Per Person
    2 - 3 Days: $1,500 to $2,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing Saltwater Fishing

The Kenai River Drifters Lodge sits on the banks of the Kenai River in the small town of Cooper Landing. Historically, a gold town with influx from fur traders that has given way and became the epicenter of Kenai fishing. The lodge consists of a main building and a series of cabins that offer river views and privacy as well as some of the best-guided fishing Alaska has to offer. The Kenai River is the one of the most heavily visited rivers in all of Alaska. The local area provides a network of clear water tributaries and the artery by which the salmon find their spawning grounds. While the lodge is small, but the fishing is excellent, and the people are wonderful. The Lodge is located by a scenic and easy drive from Anchorage. Just take the Seward highway and enjoy the picturesque views along the way. The overall drive is about 2 hours plus time for adventures.

Fishing with the Kenai River Drifters Lodge

You can walk out of your front door and fish. It is just that easy. The meandering waters of the Kenai River offer sports fishermen a lot of options from salmon and Trophy Rainbow Trout to Artic Grayling and Artic Char. The lodge also offers guided rafting and scenic floats, fly out options and even ocean fishing for King Salmon and Halibut. The basic trip here is a double occupancy room with a shared bath. Plus a professional guide who knows the area and the types of fish that you are after. The basic package includes all the gear and a fishing license. Everyone gets to enjoy the communal campfire and sauna. The lodge offers custom deals that include cabin rental and private bath and the option to work with your guide to fulfill your fishing adventures. The premium package includes transportation within Alaska and personal attention. The lodge offers full and half day fishing trips for Salmon and Trophy Rainbows and specializes in fly fishing and ocean fishing for the monstrous Kings and Halibut that love the local ocean waters.

The Guides, the Experience, and the River

The guides here are many. Each with their own history of fishing that builds upon the experience of rivers and waters around the world. All are experienced. All are knowledgeable about the Kenai River drainage system and the fish that lurk in these waters. That is just the basic stuff. These guys and gals are pretty much related to the fish. That is how much experience they have with Salmon, Halibut and Rainbows. They are patient and kind, honest and willing. This is an excellent lodge for kids and families. The guides are willing teachers and offer a range of experiences that will humble even the most advanced fisherman and excite the newest fishermen.

There are a lot of options for fishing in Alaska and Kenai River fishing lodges. Kenai River Drifters Lodge is one of the best they've got lots of experience providing memorable trips to guests and a large number of guest reviews. Hope on board. The fish are willing and waiting.

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Reviewed By on October 28, 2023
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  • We booked a 3 hour raft trip and it was amazing. CJ was a great guide and was very informative about the area. Such an amazing and beautiful trip. We would love to do an 8 hour raft adventure with...
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