Head down Beaver Loop Road on the outskirts of Kenai to discover one of the most gorgeous parks on the peninsula. It’s ideal for fishing and full of silver and sockeye salmon. The shore is a mud and gravel mix, so prepare accordingly. Mud can be especially thick below tide zones, and the constantly shifting tide means fishing requires constant bait adjustment. There’s parking, restrooms and a dedicated fishing area easily accessible from the lot.

Fishing is by far the most popular activity here. Bring a comfortable lawn chair and a stationary bait rig if you’re after silver salmon. A weight of up to four ounces is ideal, and a non-rolling shape is best to tackle these waters. Salmon roe is a common bait along with herring.

Nature Lover’s Delight

Cunningham Park is also excellent for hiking, photography and birding in the summer months. If you want to explore a unique part of Kenai, strap on your hiking boots and head to the river. However, steer clear of getting in the water—strong tides can make this a dangerous area.

Bring binoculars, a picnic from a local restaurant and your camera to discover one of Kenai’s treasures. There’s no better way to immerse yourself in the beauty of Alaska than spending a day where the locals enjoy fun and leisure.