- Published on Wednesday, 22 August 2012
The Kenai Peninsula is one of Alaska’s most beautiful and popular regions. Sitting on the southern coast of Alaska between Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound, it stretches 150 miles southwest from the Chugach Mountains. The “Kenai,” as it’s commonly called, is a vast expanse of land with picturesque parks, glistening glaciers and meandering rivers. The peninsula contains Kenai Fjords National Park, which encompasses the Chugach National Forest, Kenai Kachemak Bay State Park and National Wildlife Refuge.
The peninsula is home to the Kenai Peninsula Borough, an area with about 55,400 residents who mostly live in Kalifornsky, Kenai, Sterling, Homer, Nikiski, Soldotna and Seward. Other smaller communities in the Kenai Peninsula include Clam Gulch, Cohoe, Cooper Landing, Kachemak, Kasilof, Moose Pass, and Ninilchik. Some Kenai communities are off the road system and challenging to reach, but they’re well worth visiting by boat or plane.
With its warm, sunny summers and mild winters, the Kenai is a magnet for independent travelers, tourists—and retirees. Outdoor recreation activities abound in the peninsula, which is why it’s often referred to as “Alaska’s playground.” Few regions in Alaska can surpass the attractions, landscapes and natural beauty of the Kenai Peninsula.
Anglers Lodge: All-inclusive luxurious fishing lodge on the banks of the Kenai River. Provides guided fishing for salmon on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers, or halibut in Cook Inlet. Private rooms, fantastic food and superb fishing.
Homer Bed and Breakfast Association: So much more than just a bed for the night. Choose from a variety of accommodations to fit your style. All properties are inspected. Enjoy the warm Homer hospitality with days of adventures. Rates range from $65 to $395 and advance booking is recommended.
Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge: Enjoy the leisurely pace of Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge with waterfront cabins, naturalist led guided hikes, gourmet meals, kayaking and guided salmon fishing charters. Your getaway culminates with an unforgettable Kenai Fjords Tours wildlife and glacier cruise.
Kenai River Sportfishing Lodge: Visit them if you’re seeking an action-packed sportfishing vacation. The lodge is located along the banks of the Upper Kenai River in Cooper Landing, where you can enjoy up to eight hours of guided fishing each day for the Kenai’s world-famous salmon, rainbow trout and dolly varden. This lodge features cozy cabins, delicious meals and expert guides.
Orca Island Cabins: Has eco-friendly, remote cabin (yurt) rentals on this private island in scenic Humpy Cove. Deluxe accommodations include: heated cabins, showers, kitchens and private bathrooms. Kayak, explore, tide-pool, fish, hike or just relax. Observe whales, otters, sea lions, porpoises, and seals from your private deck. Tours are all available.
Seward Windsong Lodge: Nestled in a spectacular glacier river valley, provides guests with exceptional lodging and dining. Surrounded by towering mountains and vibrant wildflowers. Minutes from downtown. Free shuttle takes you to all major Seward attractions.
Spruce Moose Chalets: Awesome views, centrally located on the Kenai. Three private chalets, beautifully appointed, separate hot tubs, fully equipped three bed two bath and one bed one bath on a five-acre wooded hillside overlooking Trail Lake. Accessible to Kenai Fjords, the Kenai and Russian Rivers, Homer and Prince William Sound.
Alaska River Adventures: Has rare permits that let their team of “well-seasoned” professional guides take you places few others can. Stay at their full-service lodge to fish from drift boats on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers or float and fish a wilderness river on a five- to seven-day adventure. More than 30 years in business.
Alaska SeaLife Center: Visit Alaska’s Public aquarium and explore Alaska’s marine wildlife! See puffins fly through underwater skies; view seals and sea lions glide past oversized underwater viewing windows, and touch a sea star in our Discovery Tide Pool. Specialty tours and animal encounters by reservation.
Bald Mountain Air: Owned by lifelong Alaskans who guarantee you will see bears. They have developed an unequaled brown bear, viewing program to excite even the most seasoned wilderness traveler. You’ll have the unique opportunity to take lots of photos and take home memories of the most beautiful place on earth.
Bob’s Trophy Charters: Offers 30 years experience with captains who work hard to meet or exceed expectations. They travel a 25-50 mile range into Katchemak Bay and Cook Inlet to locate the best catch for their clients. They offer full- or half-day halibut and full day for all other species including salmon, lingcod and rockfish.
Captain B’s Alaskan C’s Adventures: Invites you on the largest most comfortable six-passenger charter in Homer. Fish for halibut, salmon, rockfish and/or lingcod where few other charters can or will go. Superior gear, optimal effort and 20 years of know-how maximize your success and experience! Trip options include: Day fishing, multiday fishing and Spring Vessel-based Black Bear hunts.
Captain Scott’s Sport Fishing: Experienced and reliable and has been charter fishing in Homer since 1983. The “Mako” is a fast, twin-engine diesel-powered 30-foot cabin cruiser with an underwater video camera for fish viewing. Families with kids are always welcome.
Driftwood Charters: Houses three distinct properties with a budget for everyone. Driftwood Charter’s strives to meet your needs with full-day halibut, combo and lingcod trips. Experience an amazing king fishery during the off-season with low winter rates or come enjoy our beautiful summers. Open year-round!
Homer Halibut Derby: Homer, the “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World!” The Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby offers literally thousands of ways for you to win BIG $$! Home of the “GCI $50,000 Tagged Fish” and the “Stanley Ford F-150 Tagged Fish” - the largest prizes offered in a derby in Alaska! You don’t have to be good; you just have to be lucky!
Hotel Seward: A charming, Alaska family owned and operated boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Seward that retains that time-gone-by charm. They have a great restaurant offering room service, a lounge, a patio and a conference room. The friendly staff can help book all Seward activities or a trip to Eshamy Bay Lodge in the Prince William Sound.
Kenai Fjords Tours: Alaska’s No. 1 Wildlife and Glacier Cruise, has been exploring Kenai Fjords National Park for more than 30 years. See the abundant wildlife, glaciers and breathtaking scenery as experienced captains narrate your journey. Visit Fox Island lodge for a complimentary Prime Rib and wild Alaska salmon buffet—a Kenai Fjords Tours exclusive.
The Fish House: The fishing charter service that Alaskans use. They specialize in halibut and silver salmon charters, operating April through October. They are locally owned and operated.
Major Marine Tours: Join them on a scenic glacier and wildlife cruise into two unique areas; Prince William Sound and Kenai Fjords National Park. View towering glaciers, breathtaking scenery and wildlife. Cruises include a park ranger narration and all-you-can-eat Alaska salmon and prime rib meal served onboard. Tours depart from Seward and Whittier.
Ninilchik Charters: One of the oldest and largest charter companies on the Kenai Peninsula. Provides hunting adventures on Kodiak Island.
Semaka Charters: Fish with Semaka Charters on the fast, comfortable 31-foot, six-passenger Seafarer owned and operated by lifelong fishermen, Captain Eric and daughter, Captain Anna. They know where the hot spots are and will do their best to ensure a fun, exciting and productive experience.
The Seward Silver Salmon Derby is a wild event for all. Anglers vie for the largest Coho or seek out those elusive tagged fish. Prizes in just about every category you can imagine, including kids awards and trophies. Proceeds from the Coho collected are reinvested into resource-enhancement programs. You can help sustain our future fisheries while having a blast
Free Spirit Wear: Sells unique, show-stopping Alaska bike jerseys by Alaskan artist Kathy Sarns, who creates all the original designs. Besides her many Alaska designs, she has also created designs for other states and her jerseys and jackets are guaranteed conversation starters.
Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center: Homer - At the “End of the Road”... The Adventure Begins! Located south of Anchorage on the shores of beautiful Kachemak Bay, known for great fishing, kayaking, bear viewing, hiking, foodie and art, Homer makes every Alaska dream come true! “The Ecotourism Capitol of Alaska”
Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council: Located just south of Anchorage. Provides information on more than 15,000 square miles of electrifying majesty and excitement—the Kenai Peninsula. No other destination offers such an up-close and personal Alaska experience, which is why the Kenai Peninsula is known as “Alaska’s Playground.”
Seward Chamber of Commerce: Seward has great hiking trails, and is near one of Alaska’s most easily accessed glaciers, “Exit Glacier.” And though the oceans, forests, and mountains may tempt you, don’t forget about the town itself—it’s full of science, art, history, culture and cuisine.
Providence Seward Mountain Haven: Offers an innovative approach to elder-centered care by utilizing the Green House model of care. Imagine all the quality medical services of a typical nursing facility in the setting of a traditional home. Elders who live in Green Houses like Seward Mountain Haven experience a better quality of life and improved health.