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Kenai River Map

The Kenai - Upper River

If you're looking for an unforgettable day full of beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife, and numerous opportunities to land a wild Alaskan Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, or Arctic Char, this is the trip for you. This drift boat adventure will allow you to drift fish inaccessible holes and runs that would not be available otherwise. There are also several gravel bars and eddies, for the wading angler, to fish from throughout the day. At certain times of the year, Red (Sockeye) and Coho (Silver) Salmon are present in the river to test your angling skills.


Your 7 mile journey will begin at the mouth of Kenai lake at the headwaters of the beautiful baby blue/turquoise waters of the Kenai River. Fed by the age old glaciers of the Chugach National Forest surrounding this tranquil valley, the river is truly a breathtaking sight. The Upper Kenai is a serene section of river that is restricted to motors allowing you to take in the glorious sights and sounds of nature.  To ensure a successful fishery for future generations, the rainbows and dollies are catch and release only. Your day will end at the confluence of the world famous Russian river. 

Client Upper Kenai River Flyfishing

The Kenai - Middle River

The middle section of the Kenai River is accounted for being from the outlet of Skilak Lake downstream to the Sterling highway bridge in Soldotna. This area is a major spawning ground for several species of salmon, especially reds and silvers, and thus one of the most productive stretches of water for trophy Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden. The average size bow and dolly are 16"- 18" with 25"- 30+" fish possible. 

Typically, your day will begin at Bing's Landing boat launch in Sterling. Step aboard our spacious 21' powerboats and enjoy the ride up river into the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The powerboats we use are equipped with 50hp Yamaha outboards allowing you the possibility of fishing over that favorite "honey hole" again and again. Most of the fishing you will do, throughout the day, will be from the boat. However, depending on the time of the year and the water level there may be opportunities to wade fish from gravel bars. When targeting Sockeye Salmon (Reds), we will swing flies from these gravel bars. Trolling lures can also be very effective, at certain times of the year, for Reds as well. After fishing 10.5 miles of river, your day will end back at Bing's Landing. Sometimes we will fish lower sections, of the river, if the fishing reports are better. Minimum of 2 anglers and a maximum of 4.

Sockeye Salmon Limits Kenai River
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