Flowing 82 miles from the Kenai Lake and mountains all the way to the Cook Outlet of the Pacific Ocean, the scenic Kenai River is known as the most famous sport fishing destination in Alaska. With King or Chinook salmon, red salmon, silver salmon and pink salmon running seasonally, the salmon-rich waters are the main draw to the area. The world record for the largest salmon ever (97 pounds!) was caught here. King salmon return from the ocean to the streams where they were born, with upwards of 45,000 in the river in July alone. There are also rainbow and steelhead trout, Dolly Varden, and northern Pike, as well as other Alaskan wildlife such as moose, bald eagles, and bears.
The Kenai River itself is a glacial stream with clear, turquoise waters surrounded by tall forests and golden meadows. There is also a section of the river that offers whitewater rafting, flowing into Kenai Canyon and out to Skilak Lake.
The Kenai River is located in south central Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula. The drive from Anchorage is around 3 hours.