On the Kenai Peninsula, Soldotna is located along the banks of the Kenai River and around 10 miles inland from the shores of Cook Inlet. Its location at the center of the Peninsula offers locals and visitors access to beautiful scenery and extensive nature. From world-record salmon to migratory waterfowl in the Kenai River and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Soldotna is a paradise for fishermen seeking trophy salmon and halibut. And if fishing is not your thing, the town offers vacation fun, from wildlife viewing and camping to lake activities.

  • Fishing: You can ask for expert guides at the Soldotna Visitor Center; they will provide equipment, transportation, and sportfishing licenses to ensure your fishing for Salmon and Trout experience in the Kenai River is a breeze. Look out for different types of salmon: king, red, silver, and pink. They all run through May and November. Rainbow trout and Dolly Varden are available any time of the year.
  • Jet Ski: When thinking of jet skis, most would think of tropical places, warm beaches, and hot summers. But hoping in a Jet Ski and exploring Alaska’s glacial waters is a unique way to get up close and personal with the marine wildlife and glaciers. Piloting a Jet Ski is not rocket science, so this is a friendly activity even for first-timers. There are a couple of Jet Ski tours available in Soldotna, and they all offer full-body dry suits, neoprene booties, and gloves, so there is no need to worry about getting wet and cold.
  • Paddling: Soldotna offers tours with Paddling experiences like rafting, paddleboarding, canoeing, and kayaking. So, gather a small group of friends or family and experience the different lakes near Soldotna has to offer. On these tours, you can get a closer look at glaciers and look for whales or other marine mammals. Soldotna’s water activities are innumerable, with many local lakes and the well-known Kenai River.