Soldotna is located on the western Kenai Peninsula, 84 miles north of Homer, 148 miles from Anchorage and 95 miles from Seward via the Sterling Highway.
The town of Soldotna was established in the 1940s because of its strategic location at the Sterling–Kenai Spur Highway junction. Soldotna was incorporated as a first-class city in 1967. It has become the retail, governmental and medical hub of the Peninsula. Soldotna gets very busy with visiting fishermen when the salmon are running in the Kenai River, which flows through town, and in nearby Kasilof River.
All facilities are available in Soldotna, including supermarkets, banks, hotels/motels, restaurantsand drive-ins, medical and dental clinics, golf courses, a library, sports center and churches. Two shoppingmalls are located on the Sterling Highway in town. There are also numerous area bed-and-breakfasts, cabin rentals and lodges. There are 2 city campgrounds and several private campgroundslocated in and near Soldotna.
- Several public fishwalks have been constructed in the Soldotna area, making the popular Kenai River more accessible to the public.
- Soldotna’s Homestead Museum features a wildlife display and some of the area’s early homestead cabins.
- Soldotna’s big summer event is the annual Progress Days, held in July, with a parade, a rodeo, community barbecues, quilt displays, and other events.
- The annual Kenai River Festival in June focuses on the recreational, economic and educational important of the Kenai River watershed and features free activities and educational displays for children and adults alike.
- Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Centerhas indoor dioramas containing lifelike mounts of area wildlife in simulated natural settings and an outdoor nature trail.
- Fish the Kenai River, one of Alaska’s best-known sportfishing rivers.