Fishing The Kenai
Kenai River Flats is another easy fishing spot to get to from the city. Just a ten minute drive from the airport can bring you the
opportunity for your record Alaska salmon.
Sunset On The Flats
Photo by Trina Marie Hall
road vehicles are not allowed on the flats.
Kenai, turn south on Bridge Access Road from the Arby’s on the Spur
Highway. After about 2.5 miles, the Warren Ames Memorial Bridge will be just past
the viewing pull out (with the binoculars mounted there, you can sometimes see caribou
crossing the flats). Immediately on the south side of the bridge, you will turn
onto the short access road and park for a fee of $5 for the day.
day use only area has toilets and picnic tables available for a relatively
comfortable day of fishing. That is if your day is only 6 hours long which is
the max time limit for parking.
Caribou Crossing The Kenai River Flats
Photo by Trina Marie Hall
Approximately 1/2 mile west of the Kenai River Bridge (towards Kenai) is a scenic viewpoint with mounted binoculars that you can use to see the caribou that often make the flats their home for a time, various birds that migrate to the area and of course stunning views of Mt Redoubt.
Pros And Cons
trade-offs here still make for the chance of a great fishing day.
less than a ten minute drive from the Kenai or Soldotna and right off the bridge
access road, you certainly don’t need a day long drive or guide to get there. Or
if you’ve forgotten anything or need to get anything (lunch?), it’s a very
short drive to get loaded up.
can be fishing just a few yards from your vehicle if you need to go back and
You’re fishing right off the bank, all you need
is your tackle!
Elbow To Elbow Salmon Fishing
Photo By Trina Marie Hall
all of that ease of access comes with the potential of high people traffic. Depending
on when you plan your trip, you may be elbow-to-elbow with other anglers and
competing for the toilet and picnic tables. Tailgate party anyone!?
road is right in your ear. Sometimes you will literally be fishing right under
the bridge. While it’s not exactly a freeway, the road noise can certainly take
away from the fact that your fishing at one of the best spots in the world for
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Have you fished the Kenai River Flats?
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