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Reaching for rainbows, casting for char 

updated 8:27am

Anglers looking for something more challenging than the traditional "Kenai Flip" for sockeye, might try for some of the river's rainbow trout and Dolly Varden.

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Pinks the fishery to target


As the sockeye salmon season on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers begins to wrap up, anglers can target pink salmon when looking for success. The pink salmon runs the lower Kenai are coming through very early, Pawluk said.

Fishing report: Still caught on sockeyes


While the strength of incoming schools fluctuates, sometimes hourly, sockeye salmon are still the best bet for anglers on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers.


Les Palmer: All about zombies

I hadn't thought much about zombies until just recently, but now that they're lurching around pretty much everywhere, and a zombie apocalypse is imminent, I guess I should devote a column to them.
"Here he goes again," I can hear you saying.

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Information & How-To

Fishing 101

If fishing is on your Alaska "to do" list, but you need a few tips, this is for you. An easy way for a visitor to go fishing is with a guide. A good guide will furnish you with the proper tackle ... Read More

Common Sense Survival

There’s adventure and beauty in the wild country, but also an element of risk. Snow avalanches, steep slopes and water hazards have caused injuries and fatalities each year. You can increase your ...

Bear Safety

In Alaska, bears — black and brown — can be anywhere, and residents and tourists alike should keep this in mind when taking to the outdoors. “The most important thing is to be aware of your ...



Golf The central Kenai Peninsula features golf at very affordable prices with features like views of mountain ranges and periodic moose and caribou sightings. There also is the unique opportunity ...

Family Activities

Outdoor Activities: Go-cart racing The Go-Kart Race Track, 4487 Sterling Highway, Soldotna, 907-262-1562. Disc Golf Course The Kenai Eagle 18-hole disc golf course on Tinker Lane, behind the ...

Soldotna Creek Park

Even if your visit to Alaska’s Playground doesn’t include kids, including a stop at the new community playground in Soldotna should definitely be a part of your itinerary here on the Kenai ...


With moose wandering through residential neighborhoods, migratory birds stopping by on their way north and south each year, and bears catching salmon in local rivers, the Kenai Peninsula provides ...

Local Trails

The hiking and biking trails of the Kenai Peninsula offer access to many exquisite natural habitats, often with incredible wildlife viewing opportunities. With any outdoor activity, remember to be ...

Winter Activities

If you think the Kenai Peninsula is beautiful in the summer, you should see it when cloaked under a thick blanket of white with the aurora borealis rippling through the celestial canopy above. ...

Senior Centers

Each of the centers also offers low-cost daily lunch menus that in the past have included salmon and moose meat stew. Many centers ask that lunch reservations be made 24 hours in advance. Anchor ...

Bed & Breakfasts

While the adventures you will have while visiting the Kenai Peninsula are often the focus of your itinerary planning, we encourage you to plan ahead for your accommodations as well. Particularly ...


Pioneer Potluck: About wastefulness, a big word with a lot of meaning

I am sure you have read enough about Kenai River Dip Netting and wastefulness - so have I. Is it a surprise that we went through another year of the deluge of people from all over Alaska coming to the mouth of the Kenai River in it’s beautiful state of purity and left it in such a horrible mess? Does it mean we turn our back on the waste just for the almighty dollar that is spent by the dip netters? I would love to know if it benefited our economy enough to have our river and beaches polluted for one or two weeks. 

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Places to Visit



The world-famous Kenai River runs right through town, which is just one of the attractions Soldotna has to offer.



Kenai offers a rich cultural environment, including the historic Old Town district overlooking the mouth of the Kenai River.



Also known as North Kenai or Nikishka, the hub of Nikiski is near Mile 26.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway.



Bordered by the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, the area is the gateway to the popular Swanson River Canoe Trail System.



Kasilof, a town of roughly 500 people, is a hub of outdoor activity regardless of the season.


From the glaciers that carve their way toward Resurrection Bay to the towering mountain peaks wrapped with spruce trees, Seward offers great scenery and many opportunities to explore the marine ...

Cooper Landing

With the Kenai River rushing by one side and the Kenai Mountains towering over the other, Cooper Landing is nestled in one of the more picturesque settings found in Alaska. When it comes to Cooper ...


Head south on the Sterling Highway. Before you hit the absolute end of the road, you'll crest a hill and your jaw will drop at the spectacular scenery before you. More than one visitor to this ...


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