Common Question

Rafting | Fishing

Rafting

What equipment is provided?
We provide US Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices and rain jackets, rain pants and knee-high rubber boots for each trip participant. You are welcome to bring your own waterproof rain gear if you prefer.
     
Will I see wildlife?
The Kenai River Valley is home to moose, eagles, bears, beavers, otters, multiple fish species and a myriad of waterfowl. Wildlife sightings vary on each trip. Your guide will share with you ways to search for wildlife and recognize wildlife signs.

Can I bring my camera and binoculars on the boat?
Definitely! You will want to take many pictures of the magnificent scenery and wildlife along the river. Your gear will remain relatively dry in the boat, and we provide waterproof bags for protection from the occasional splash.

What if I've never rafted before?
No previous knowledge of rafting is necessary. You only need to be in average physical condition and have a hearty appetite for adventure. Rafts are operated by experienced and licensed guides who are comfortable with people of all ages and abilities.

How many people are in each raft?
There are up to 12 people per raft on the Kenai River Scenic Floats and up to nine people per raft on the Kenai Canyon Raft Trips.

Can my children raft with me?
Because of the adventurous nature of our Kenai River trips, we do limit the ages of participating children. Children five and over can join the Kenai River Scenic Floats; children seven and older may join the Kenai Canyon Raft Trips. In addition to meeting the minimum age requirements, children must weigh at least 35 pounds in order for the personal flotation devices to protect them.

Are there bathroom facilities along the river?
There are restrooms available at the start and end of each trip. We'll be rafting through some undeveloped wilderness areas with enough trees for everyone. On the full-day Kenai Canyon Raft Trip there are opportunities to stop along the way so the group can step out of the rafts, stretch their legs, etc. We carry toilet paper on each raft and our guides are prepared to pull over for emergencies.

What's the weather going to be like?
Alaskan weather is unpredictable and can change hourly. Even on the sunniest days of summer, the temperature on the river may feel cool. Your guides will offer advice on how to layer your clothing to maximize comfort. (Please check here for our recommended packing list.) Don't let a little rain stop you from rafting - wildlife sightings are often better on cloudy or rainy days!

Do I need to arrive early to check in?
Yes. We ask that you check in with our Cooper Landing office 30 minutes prior to your trip departure. We begin each trip by distributing rain gear and rubber boots and your guide will explain the safety aspects of rafting on the Kenai. Please have your camera and extra clothes with you when you arrive for check in. (See Getting There for map and information).

How will I get back to my car after the raft trip?
We provide a return shuttle to our Cooper Landing launch site via van or bus.

What is the "Two Dollars a Day Program"?
Alaska Wildland Adventures contributes annually to Alaska-based non-profit efforts for environmental protection. As a consumer, you can elect to participate in our "Two Dollars A Day Program." Read more information about this program here.

Fishing

Do I need a fishing license?
Anyone over the age of 16 is required by law to purchase an Alaska fishing license. If you are fishing for king salmon you will also need a king salmon stamp. One-day licenses cost $25 per person and one-day king stamps cost $15 per person (these figures are approximate and subject to change). Anyone under the age of 16 is not required to purchase a fishing license but will need a free harvest record card. Licenses are not included in our trip costs and must be purchased prior to your fishing trip. If you'd like to purchase your license in advance, you may apply online at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. (Note: For online purchases please allow at least two weeks to receive your license in the mail.) Fishing licenses and king salmon stamps are also available for purchase at Kenai Riverside Lodge and most gas stations and convenience stores here in Alaska.

What equipment is provided?
We provide all tackle, top-notch fishing gear, hip waders and U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices. We encourage all guests to bring their own rain gear; however, you may certainly use our rubberized rain gear if needed. If you prefer, you are welcome to bring along your own favorite fishing tackle and waders. Please contact us for tackle and gear recommendations.

What should I bring?
Bring along plenty of warm clothes! The best way to dress for a fishing trip in Alaska is in layers. Polypro, capilene, or wool all keep you warm even when wet and are excellent first and second layers. We suggest bringing a hat, gloves, a warm jacket, long underwear and an extra pair of socks. Always have rain gear with you even if it's clear and sunny in the morning. Some other helpful items to bring along are insect repellant and polarized sun glasses, as they come in handy on the river.

What can I fish for?
We will do our best to provide the most exciting fishing available on any given day. June through July, we'll fish for giant king salmon on the lower Kenai River. In August and September, we'll fish for silver salmon on the lower Kenai River and in Resurrection Bay near Seward. The upper Kenai River offers excellent fishing for sockeye salmon in June and July as well as rainbow trout and Dolly Varden from June through September.

Can I keep what I catch?
You can keep king, sockeye and silver salmon within the Alaska Department of Fish and Game regulations. The bag limits set forth by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are subject to change at any time to protect the viability of each species. We'll clean any kept fish. The current limits are as follows:

  • King Salmon: 1 per day, 2 per season (Kenai River)
  • Sockeye Salmon: 3 per day
  • Silver Salmon: 2 per day (Kenai River); 6 per day (Resurrection Bay)
  • Rainbow Trout: Catch and Release, no retention
  • Dolly Varden: Catch and Release, no retention

Note: You may catch and release king salmon until you retain a "keeper." However, following state regulation, once you retain a king salmon from the Kenai River, you are no longer allowed to fish in that same water for that day.

Can I bring my camera and binoculars on the boat?
Definitely. You will want to take many pictures of your fish, magnificent scenery and wildlife along the river. Your gear will remain relatively dry in the boat storage spaces, and we provide waterproof bags for protection from the occasional splash.

Will I see wildlife?
The Kenai River valley is home to moose, eagles, bears, beavers, otters, numerous fish and waterfowl. Wildlife sightings vary on each trip. Your guide will share with you ways to search for wildlife and recognize wildlife signs.

What if I've never fished before?
No previous knowledge of fishing is necessary. You only need to be in average physical condition and have a hearty appetite for adventure. Fishing in Alaska is fun regardless of your experience level and our guides will teach you their successful techniques.

How many people are in each fishing boat?
Our fishing boats hold up to four guests plus your fishing guide.

Can my family fish with me?
We often guide groups or families with various ages and fishing abilities. Children 12 and over are welcome to fish with us and frequently catch the largest fish in the group! There's usually enough fishing adventure and wildlife sightings to keep the entire family entertained.

Are there bathroom facilities along the river?
On the upper Kenai, we'll be fishing through some undeveloped wilderness areas with enough trees for everyone. On the lower Kenai, restroom facilities are always available within a short boat ride.

What's the weather going to be like?
Alaskan weather is unpredictable and can change hourly. Even on the sunniest days of summer, the temperature on the river will feel cool. Your guides will offer advice on how to layer your clothing to maximize comfort. (Please check here for our recommended packing list.)

Where and when do I meet my guide?
For upper Kenai River and Seward trips, we meet at our Kenai Riverside Lodge at Milepost 50.1 on the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing. For lower Kenai River Trips, you'll meet your guide in Soldotna. We'll confirm the meeting place with you prior to your trip.

How will I get back to my car?
Return shuttle is provided. We'll take you back to where you met us at the start of your trip, either Soldotna or Cooper Landing.

What is the "Two Dollars a Day Program"?
Alaska Wildland Adventures contributes annually to Alaska-based non-profit efforts for environmental protection. As a consumer, you can elect to participate in our "Two Dollars A Day Program." Read more information about this program here.