Alaska Travel Guide
Anchorage to Salmon Catcher Lodge
The route from the airport to your Alaska fishing vacation in Kenai begins on International Airport Road turn right onto Minnesota Drive, which becomes O’Malley, pass through the intersection of Old Seward Highway then take the right turn onto the ramp for Seward Highway South, (Highway 1) This is one of the most picturesque drives you will ever take, keep your camera at the ready at all times. Continue for an estimated 85 miles after which you turn right by following the signs to Soldonta – Homer, Alaska. Once going south continue through Coopers Landing, Sterling and once in Soldotna continue until you cross the bridge over the Kenai River. At the next light, go right onto Kalifornsky Beach Road. Once on K Beach Rd continue and after passing the traffic lights at Poppy Lane, continue about 2 miles. Look for Echo Lake Meats on the Left and Airport equipment rentals on the right. You will see our Large Blue and White sign advising to turn right. Go right and continue. Each turn is marked with a blue and white Salmon Catcher Lodge sign. See you at the Lodge for your Alaska fishing vacation! Need assistance – 907-335-2001
Kenai Airport to Salmon Catcher Lodge
Departing from the airport for your Alaska fishing vacation, drive straight ahead on Airport Way to Kenai Spur Road and make a right turn. Continue straight to the next light at Bridge Access Rd and turn left passing Arby’s on your right. At the next light Kalifornsky Beach Rd. (about 2.5 miles) go left for (1.3 miles) watching for the blue and white Salmon Catcher Lodge sign on the right advising to turn left onto Ciechanski Rd. If you pass Echo Lake Meats on the Right and Airport Equipment rentals on the Left you have just missed your turn onto Ciekanski. Once on Ciechanski Rd., continue on. Each turn is marked with a blue and white Salmon Catcher Lodge sign. It’s time for your Alaska fishing vacation in Kenai! See you at the Lodge! Need assistance – 907-335-2001
What to Pack
If you’ve been wondering what to pack for your Alaska salmon and halibut fishing trip, we’ve compiled a list of the most useful things that previous travelers wished they’d brought. We want you to fully enjoy your Alaska salmon and halibut fishing trip no matter what the temperatures and conditions are like!
We suggest you bring clothing that can be layered. Alaska’s weather is ever changing and generally, the mornings are cool, requiring the most clothes. All of the items that we suggest will keep you comfortable on those not so perfect days during your Alaska salmon and halibut fishing trip. Remember, you are fishing in Alaska and the weather will vary. Also, there is no set rule for insects (no see ums and mosquito’s). They are always present but generally more prevalent during the wet times and evenings.
- Light Jacket or polar fleece top and in May, June & after August 20, pack light gloves & ear muffs for the early morning trips.
- Ball cap
- Flannel shirts or sweat shirt
- Rain Suit – good is OK, Better is best!
- Polarized sunglasses!
- Insect repellent (cutters)Personal items – (Salmon Catcher Lodge provides soap, shampoo, conditioner & a hair dryer)
- Fishing shoe or boot
- Small flashlight
- Medications – think about Dramamine if salt water fishing
- Camera and/or video camera and film (batteries)
- Fishing License – purchase on line @www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=license.main, don’t forget a king salmon stamp if you will be fishing king salmon.
- Small backpack or shoulder bag for fishing gear, equipment, lunch and drinks
- Fishing tackle – if you are packing your own equipment and plan on some do it yourself fishing, bring what you would generally carry while fishing – i.e., hook removers, weights and lures
Salmon Catcher Lodge stocks Lodge clothing & hats for purchase. Conveniently located to Soldotna or Kenai – Sportsmen’s Warehouse, Trusty Hardware, Fred Myers, Wal-Mart, and others are easily accessible to shop for snacks, beverage’s or the personal items you elected not to pack for your Alaska salmon and halibut fishing trip.
If you have any questions about our lodging on the Kenai River, or anything else, we invite you to contact us today!
Awards & Recognition
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Not only does the Kenai Peninsula provide the best salmon fishing in Alaska, but this vast wilderness is a world-class adventure playground. The experienced fishing guides here at Salmon Catcher Lodge, located just outside Kenai, Alaska, always encourage our visiting anglers to take full advantage of our build-your-own Kenai River adventures. We offer dozens of world-class adventure activities to those who wish to explore the Last Frontier by land, sea, and air.
Whether you’re a local searching for a private event space or an angler from thousands of miles away in need of a group booking, Salmon Catcher Lodge has sizable facilities, deluxe fishing packages, and group-friendly on-site amenities. We’ve hosted church retreats, bachelor parties, baby showers, and everything in-between. Each event is customizable, so your group outing is guaranteed to be genuinely unique.
One of the aspects that sets Salmon Catcher Lodge apart from so many other Alaska fishing lodges is our diverse fleet of log homes. Our Kenai River lodge rests in-between the towns of Soldotna and Kenai in the peaceful Alaska wilderness. There’s just something about enjoying a cozy, clean, and comfortable cabin after a perfect day of fishing on the Kenai Peninsula. We’ve hand-selected our five favorite accommodations here at Salmon Catcher.
The primary salmon fishing season here in Soldotna, Alaska, has sadly come and gone, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t feisty silvers, beautiful rainbow trout, and monster halibut swarming in our crystal-clear waters as we detailed last month. While anglers from around the globe travel to Salmon Catcher Lodge to reel in dozens of fish, we’re also gladly open during fall and winter for locals who need a brief getaway from the daily grind.
You know it’s silver salmon and rainbow trout season when the temperature dips ever-so-slightly, the leaves begin to change color, and the days become shorter. King salmon season is sadly over, but reeling in a feisty coho is one of the most exciting challenges on the water. Salmon Catcher Lodge is not only steps from the famous Kenai River, but we also offer flightseeing, clam digging, whale watching, whitewater rafting, and so much more!