Photo Credit: Dan Ungrue

Best Things to Do In The Kenai / Soldotna Area

Get your hands on a fresh catch of your own while enjoying a stay at the Great Alaska Adventure Lodge

Get your hands on a fresh catch of your own while enjoying a stay at the Great Alaska Adventure Lodge

1. Experience World-Class Fishing

This is your chance to experience angling for Alaska’s famous fish in fast-running rivers backdropped by Alaskan peaks. The waters around Kenai teem with salmon: king, sockeye, silver, or pink (depending on the season) or you can cast for trout or halibut. Come here on an easy day trip from Anchorage, or leave from the area, where fishing charters can take you to the best spots—and away from the crowds. Or, stay at a fishing lodge for several days of angling.

See bears in their natural habitat

See bears in their natural habitat

2. Go Bear Viewing

Few things in the world can compare to witnessing the majesty of bears in the wild; watching them wade into rivers and fish for salmon can help make your Alaskan dreams come true.

Fly out to Lake Clark National Park and spend the day watching bears, or get even more time near them by taking an overnight bear-viewing adventure, where you’ll stay in a deluxe wilderness camp.

3. See Nature from Above

With some 40 glaciers, the vast Harding Ice Field is one of Alaska’s most spectacular sights. And it’s just one of the dramatic sites you can get perspective on when you take to the air on a flightseeing trip. Look down on the crevasses of a glacier and check out the Mount Redoubt Volcano—and keep an eye out of wolves, moose, bears, and seals!

Harding Ice Field is one of Alaska’s most spectacular sights

Harding Ice Field is one of Alaska’s most spectacular sights. Photo by Nicolette Dent.

The Holy Assumption Orthodox Church is the oldest standing Orthodox Church in Alaska.

The Holy Assumption Orthodox Church is the oldest standing Orthodox Church in Alaska.

4. Learn the History

This area’s full of fascinating tales—not just of pioneers who moved here from the Lower 48, but also Russians who made this place their home and left a legacy of treasures. Experience the latter at places like the St. Nicholas Memorial Chapel and the Holy Assumption Orthodox Church—the oldest standing Orthodox Church in Alaska.

Guests float down the scenic Kenai River with Alaska Wildland Adventures

Guests float down the scenic Kenai River with Alaska Wildland Adventures

5. Rafting

Take in stunning mountain scenery and look for wildlife as you float the glacially-fed Kenai River, that teems with salmon during the summer. Spend a couple hours on a mellow float trip or ramp up the adrenaline on longer outings that explore the area’s faster-running rivers.

Kenai / Soldotna Day Tours & Excursions View All

Season: Year Round $157+ Lodging, $1297+ All-Inclusive Fishing Packages

The logo for the Sol­dot­na B&B Lodge says it all: a guest who’s loung­ing in bed — while also fish­ing. This fam­i­ly-run fish­ing lodge direct­ly on the Kenai Riv­er offers a relax­ing place to soak up the sights and sounds of nature, while also deliv­er­ing a front-row oppor­tu­ni­ty to do some of Alaska’s most famous, excit­ing fish­ing. All stays car­ry a two-night min­i­mum, but most guests stay longer (an aver­age of 5 – 7 days), which is easy to do giv­en the  ...more

Season: May 25 to Sep 15 $410+ 2 to 3 hrs

Fly out of Sol­dot­na with Natron’s own­er and pilot, Tim. You’ll soar over the Cook Inlet towards Mt. Iliamna Vol­cano and land on a beach, right where the bears are. You’ll watch them play­ing and clam­ming and be close enough to take amaz­ing photos.

Season: Jun 01 to Oct 20 $175+ 3-8 hours

Where can you find the biggest salmon, on aver­age, in the entire world? In the Kenai Riv­er. And The Riv­er Crew, based in Sol­dot­na, can take you to some secret spots on the famous riv­er to fish for salmon and trout — whether you’re an expe­ri­enced angler or not.

Season: June - Sept $295+ per person Half-Day to Full-Day

Don’t miss this oppor­tu­ni­ty to go fish­ing for Alaskan salmon in beau­ti­ful rivers. This easy, one-day trip departs from Anchor­age; you’ll dri­ve over moun­tain pass­es and along the Cook Inlet to the Great Alas­ka Adven­ture Lodge where you’ll have lunch. Then it’s out to the con­flu­ence of two rivers with the lodge’s expert guides, where you’ll cast your line for famous salmon — king, sock­eye, sil­ver, or pink, depend­ing on the sea­son. Or choose a one-day  ...more

Season: May 24 to Sep 15 $65+ 2 to 7 hrs

Alas­ka Wild­land Adven­tures pio­neered float­ing the mel­low, turquoise Kenai Riv­er and has oper­at­ed con­tin­u­ous­ly since 1977. Join them for a serene 2‑hour float, or take on a 7‑hour adven­ture, com­plete with fun Class II+ rapids and a cruise through a glacial lake. AWA’s Kenai Riv­er Scenic Float Trip offers a nice intro­duc­tion to the riv­er, tak­ing you along a stretch of the scenic Upper Kenai closed to motor­ized boats. Watch for wildlife as your  ...more

Season: Jun 01 to Aug 31 $2195+ All-inclusive, multi-day Adventures

Alas­ka bear camp is mag­i­cal­ly hid­den in a rare Crit­i­cal Bear Habi­tat in the wilder­ness of Lake Clark Nation­al Park. Instead of hun­dreds, only 16 priv­i­leged guests observe the won­der of up to 50 brown Bears liv­ing out their dai­ly dra­ma. Due to the beau­ty of the loca­tion and the excep­tion­al bear pop­u­la­tion, the deluxe camp, with en suite biffies, beds with mat­tress­es and food flown in dai­ly, was used as a base camp for the Dis­ney movie Bears.  ...more

Season: Year Round $250+ 1.25 hrs

Natron Air’s own­er and only pilot, Tim, can take you flight­see­ing to some of Alaska’s most beau­ti­ful places: the Hard­ing Ice­field and Mt. Redoubt Vol­cano. You can also opt for a bear-view­ing tour that includes a beach land­ing, where you can pho­to­graph bears in their nat­ur­al environment.

Season: Mid-May through mid-to-late September $225+ Half-Day to Multi-Day

Feel the thrill of world-class salmon and trout fish­ing on Alaska’s Kenai Penin­su­la with expe­ri­enced, pas­sion­ate guides. You’ll get out on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers, just hours from Anchor­age, with a team that knows where the fish will be run­ning each day. Spend a day, or make it a mul­ti-day trip with a cus­tom pack­age that includes lodg­ing on the river.

Season: Jun 01 to Sep 15 $1795+ Multi-Day Packages

Alaskan adven­tures and great lodg­ing await at the Great Alaskan Adven­ture Lodge. This all-inclu­sive expe­ri­ence lets you dri­ve or fly in to the prop­er­ty, which sits on 25 acres at the con­flu­ence of two rivers. An old home­stead with cab­ins and lux­u­ry tent options, the lodge makes for a com­fort­able stay. You’ll also find an array of adven­tures — every­thing from great fish­ing to glac­i­er cruis­ing. The own­ers have been per­fect­ing their itin­er­aries for  ...more

Join us as we drift down­stream through one of the world’s most beau­ti­ful fresh­wa­ter salmon fish­eries, pass­ing grav­el bars left by a glacial flood, migrat­ing salmon, brown bears, and human fish­ers as you float on by.

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Kenai / Soldotna Parks & Trails View All

Difficulty: Moderate

Dif­fi­cul­ty: Mod­er­ate Dis­tance: 5 – 50 miles Ele­va­tion Gain: Less than 500ft Type: Out-and-Back Fea­tures: Kid Friendly

Difficulty: Moderate Distance: 4 miles

Stop off here dur­ing the sum­mer for an eagle’s eye view of an annu­al Alaskan fish­ing fren­zy. We real­ly love our salmon, and it shows! Or, just count the bald eagles cir­cling high overhead.

Difficulty: Moderate
Difficulty: Easy Distance: 2 miles

Difficulty: Easy

If you’re a bird watch­er, you’ll love this half-mile trail of Aspen and Spruce forest.

Difficulty: Easy Distance: 3 miles

The Keen-Eye Nature Trail is .75 miles long through a wood­ed area with a side trail lead­ing down to Head­quar­ters Lake. The Cen­ten­ni­al Trail pro­vide an addi­tion­al 1.9 mile loop through a wood­ed area with fur­ther oppor­tu­ni­ty to view wildlife in the area.

Difficulty: Easy

The trail is half a mile long and takes you through a mature birch for­est that is car­pet­ed with dev­il’s club and water­mel­on berry plants. It’s an easy walk­ing, ide­al for small chil­dren, and ends at a small camp­ing area on a slight bluff that over­looks Bish­op’s Beach and Bish­op Creek.

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