Great Alaska Adventure’s Home River….

Great Alaska Adventure’s Home River….

Great Alaska Adventure’s Home River….

Great Alaska Adventure’s Home River….

Great Alaska Adventure’s Home River….

Great Alaska Adventure’s Home River….

Kenai River Special Management Area


The Kenai River is the most popular sport fishery in Alaska, boasting world-record King salmon, massive runs of sockeye salmon, a sustained population of wild trophy rainbow trout, home to 4 of the 5 species of Pacific salmon, and home to a thriving industry and local economy for the Kenai Peninsula. This miracle waterway flows through a patchwork of different federal, state, local, tribal and private land management entities.

The Kenai River is certainly one of the most loved fisheries in Alaska, and one of the most famous fisheries in the world...and for good reason. The variety, consistency, beautiful surrounding and quality accessable and more remote areas make it a 1 of a kind destination.


The Alaska Legislature in 1984 created the Kenai River Special Management Area (KRSMA) to harmonize land management on 105 linear miles of river, lake and stream, from the headwaters at Kenai Lake all the way to just above the sea port of Kenai. This designation allowed for the creation of a comprehensive land management plan that brought together the various land management entities. The Plan's goal is to protect the fish and wildlife habitat and manage the recreational and commercial uses. The KRSMA is adjacent to 15 Alaska State Park sub-units, and it organized the creation of the Kenai River Center. The Center is a multi-agency facility that coordinates permits, communication and education regarding the Kenai River. The Kenai is a much loved and highly protected river and we support a sustainable use of this amazing resource.

Great Alaska Involvement

Great Alaska fishes the heck out of the Kenai, from top to bottom! And our safari guests raft the river, paddle the Moose River, hike and bike its trails and watch its eagles soar above. We also hold permits and do guide training and education programs out of the Kenai River Center. So one could say that virtually all of our programs have some ties with the KRSMA and Alaska State Parks. Our home lodge of course, sits on the river itself at the confluence of the Kenai and Moose Rivers. It is at the very heart of the Kenai River Special Management Area.

In Closing

Great Alaska supports and appreciates the KRSMA and its permitting and coordinating and habitat protection programs. Our lodge sits on the Kenai River, we hop on boats with efficient 50 hp motors regulated by KRSMA, we access the Kenai via our efficient, custom 50 horsepower Aluminum Riverboats and Mackenzie River Drift boats. After the day is over, our guests can keep fishing right in front of the lodge at the finest beach on the Kenai. Our guests also kayak and paddle board the amazing Moose River in the evenings after our day of adventure is over. Finally, we all sleep at our lodge on the banks of the Kenai River, and our construction and operations are regulated to protect the fishery and wildlife habitat.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Great Alaska Adventure Lodge located?

Great Alaska Adventure Lodge is located on the Kenai River, at the confluence of the Moose and Kenai Rivers. Our 25 riverfront acres provide the best bank fishing on the Kenai River bar none, and our guests are able to "salmon fish by the fire" after our nightly happy hour and dinner service is over.

We also have Canoes, Kayaks and Paddle boards for trips up the calm and gorgeous Moose River, into the Kenai National WIldlife Refuge - about 1 hour's paddle from the lodge.

What is the Kenai River Special Management Area?

The Kenai River Special Management Area is a unit of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks & Recreation. They are the best source of information for questions about the KRSMA

How long is the Kenai River?

the Kenai runs 82 river miles, from the outlet of Kenai lake at it's headwaters, to Cook Inlet to the west. The river changes personality many times in those 82 miles, but one thing is consistent -the striking aquamarine color is the most beautiful river I have ever fished (although the river often darkens below the Killey River and becomes more opaque).

What is the largest King Salmon ever caught?

Les Anderson's 97 pound, 4 ounce behemoth was taken in 1985 and remains the largest rod and reel caught King salmon in history. Great Alaska's largest King salmon was caught by guide Jeff Moore in 1988 and weighed in at 89 pounds and change.

What is the best time to fish the Kenai?

There is no single answer to depends upon what style of fishing you enjoy, what time of year you can take the time off and other activities you may want to do at the same time. The most popular season is the mid to late July time frame, which features the peak of the King Salmon season's second run on both the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers, along with the peak of the amazing Sockeye Salmon's second run and offshore Halibut. Fly fishers love the fall's combination of fall colors, giant Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden and sea run Steelhead.

Kenai River Special Management Area

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A Sustainable Destination

In addition to sharing the amazing Kenai with our guests, protection of our environment and all of it’s unique and amazing wildlife is at the core of all adventure travel and wilderness fishing experiences, and since 2010, Great Alaska Adventures is proud to be certified as a sustainable Travel Destination from Adventure Green Alaska - Alaska’s recognized tourism certification program.

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