30 Outdoorsy Alaskan Instagram Accounts That Everyone On The Kenai Should Follow ASAP

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Now that we are gliding along smoothly into the New Year, we wanted to take a moment to stop, reflect and share. Since we live in the most beautiful place in the world (aka – The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground), sometimes it’s easy for us to get wrapped up in our own little slice of paradise. But what we’ve noticed along the way is that our fellow Alaskan friends, colleagues and adventure-lovers have some of the best kept secrets in the great 49th state. So what’s all the hush-hush about? These 30 Instagram accounts are filled with so much phenomenal eye-candy that you won’t be able to contain your love affair with the Last Frontier. Fuel your wanderlust and fall head over heels in love with Alaska (again, and again, and again) after you follow each and every one of these insanely awesome pages. No matter where your travels take you this year, we know that you won’t regret putting The Kenai at the top of your bucket list.

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1 – @JohnHallsAlaska. Check out all the behind the scenes action of these fully guided small group tours. See the best of what Alaska has to offer!

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2 – @TravelAlaska. The State of Alaska Tourism Office shares incredible attractions all across the Last Frontier. You won’t be able to contain your excitement, trust us.

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3 – @TheAlaskaLife. If there was ever a doubt in your mind that living in Alaska was the definition of ‘living the dream’ – this is all the proof in the puddin’ that you need. Absolutely brilliant photography and incredible stories from locals across the Last Frontier will leave you in a constant state of awe.

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4 – @AlaskaTravel. Alaska Travel at Alaska.org will show you sides to Alaska that you only thought existed in your wildest dreams. Be sure to check out the Alaska map and start making all of your Alaska dreams come true.

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5 – @CabinLife_Alaska. Because sometimes it’s just good for the heart to follow the solace perspective of off-the-grid living in interior Alaska. Simply put, these snaps are food for the soul.

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6 – @AlaskaUltimateSafaris. Alaska bear watching and glacier viewing is just so much cooler when you experience it from the comforts of a helicopter. This unforgettable excursion is unlike anything else in the world. See a side to the Kenai Peninsula like never before.

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7 – @VisitSoldotna. Catch the latest on what life is like inside Alaska’s Kenai River City by following this great page today. The beautiful photography will make you fall in love with all four seasons on a whole new level.

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8 – @KenaiFjordsNPS. Follow all the stunning latest on the renowned Harding Icefield and get up close and personal with some of the most jaw-dropping displays of raw nature and marine wildlife in the salty shores of Resurrection Bay.

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9 – @VisitHomer. Alaska’s halibut fishing capital of the world is home to so many renowned treasures. Visit the Homer Spit, go fishing in Kachemak Bay or spend the afternoon chasing down phenomenal photography opportunities. Just about every nook and cranny of this town will delight your heart with joy.

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10 – @AkWildlife. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage is such a prized gem that locals adore and visitors are continuously amazed by. Follow them today and keep up to date on what all the cutest rehabilitation animals are doing to keep strong and happy in the Last Frontier.

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11 – @ResortAlyeska. Head to the most beloved ski town in the world where you’ll find the incredible Alyeska Resort. This resort offers endless powder play dates in the wintertime as well as some of the most epic hiking and backpacking destinations during the summertime. Hop on a trail or shred the pow, but if you’re stuck at home – follow all the magic on Insta.

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12 – @AlaskaWildland. Uniquely, responsibly and exclusively Alaskan adventures dating all the way back to 1977. For top notch tours, lodging and backcountry adventures in the Last Frontier – you need to follow these fine folks ASAP.

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13 – @JimmieJackFishing. This awesome Alaska fishing lodge is located right here on the Kenai Peninsula. Stay up to speed with what’s being caught and be sure to plan your next halibut, salmon or multi-species fishing trip today.

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14 – @26glaciers. This luxury glacier viewing tour out of Prince William Sound in Whittier was voted best in the state by locals, and after you see these jaw-dropping photos you’ll completely understand why. This is a bucket list must!

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15 – @AlaskaRailroad. The most beautiful train rides in the world lead you right to the Kenai Peninsula, you just have to hop on and experience the magic for yourself. This Insta page will make you seriously need to start planning your Alaskan adventures ASAP.

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16 – @AlaskaCollection. Formerly Alaska Denali Travel, the Alaska Collection offers the best of the best in Alaska vacation planning options. From the Kenai Peninsula, Katmai, Lake Clark, Seward, Talkeetna, up into Denali and so much more. Just start exploring and you’re sure to stumble upon something that lights a fire in your adventurous spirit.

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17 – @AlaskaBearAdventures. If adorable bear cubs roaming in the raw wilderness makes your heart absolutely explode with happiness, this page (and these tours) is exactly what you need. Head down to Homer this summer to experience the fun in person!

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18 – @TravelJuneauAK. If you haven’t noticed already, our love for the Last Frontier runs deep. So deep that our neighbors in the Southeast community of Juneau have us lusting over their gorgeous outdoor wonderland. From the sights of Mendenhall Glaciers to the lush rainforest beauty inside the Tongass National Park – we can’t get enough!

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19 – @KenaiRiversideFishing. There is just nothing like them summer nights spent out on the banks of the Kenai River fishing beneath the midnight sun. Mountains, river, trout, salmon – oh my! This guiding diary makes us get a major case of heart-eyes!

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20 – @AlaskaMarineHighway. Visiting Alaska via the picturesque marine highway is an experience unlike any other in the world. View majestic mountains towering above you out of the ocean while the occasional breaching whale pops up to greet you on the bow. Mind-blowing? You better freakin’ believe it. Only in Alaska baby!

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21 – @OrcaIslandCabins. Head to Seward and make your way out to the idyllic shores of Humpy Cove where you’ll find Orca Island Cabins. The yurt style lodging offers the most perfect ‘glamping’ experience while the eco-activities available at your disposal will charm the socks right off of you. Go whale watching via stand-up paddleboard or kayak around the bay while birding.

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22 – @SeldoviaBayFerry. Life beyond the Homer Spit in the remote coastal town is just about as scenic as can be. Literally just following the Insta page will completely relax you, but we highly encourage you to take a trip on the ferry this summer and reward yourself with the ultimate Kenai Peninsula getaway.

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23 – @great_alaska_adventures. Livin’ the dream never felt so good. Follow the ultimate outdoorsy adventures with Great Alaska team and find yourself flocking to The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground for fishing and travel fun.

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24 – @AlaskaSealifeCenter. Scientific knowledge mixed with stunning photographs helps to promote the understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. This is not only a great (indoor) place to take the family to enjoy during the chilly winter months, but it’s also an absolutely blast any other time of year as well. Caution: cuteness overload will occur in heavy doses.

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25 – @PrincessAlaskaLodges. Plan on taking a cruise up to Alaska? If so, you better start following this Insta page like right this very second. Extend your time in the Last Frontier with a land excursion package that will lead you to the most stunning Alaskan lodges in the 49th state. Trust us, the photos will do something crazy to your adventurous heart.

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26 – @DiscoverValdez. Home to the snowiest area in the entire state and the most awe-inspiring views of Mother Nature. This might be one of the most wow-worthy adventure capitals in the entire state. A huge shout-out to our neighbors for continuing to share the renowned beauty of Alaska with all of us!

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27 – @TurningHeadsKennel. We have a secret to share that we can no longer keep quiet about. We are freakin’ crazy-obsessed with dog mushing. It’s just the most incredible sport of pure resilience, compassion and power. To overcome such tremendous boundaries to then come together as a team, (wo)man and dog – there is nothing more admirable. This Insta account just lights a special spark in our hearts. You’ll see why after just one glance.

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28 – @StillPointLodge. A sweet, sweet island escape that you’ve been dreaming about all your life. THAT, my friends – is exactly what you’ll find here. The towering fjords, majestic mountains and enchanting views of Kachemak Bay will utterly blow you away.

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29 – @MillersLandingEscape. The idyllic town of Seward will lead you to a peaceful slice of paradise known as Lowell Point. The large beach area with towering mountains in the distance is like a scene straight out of a dream. Millers Landing also just so happens to be your one-stop option for lodging and recreational activities.

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30 – @InletCharters. Inlet Charters Across Alaska out of Homer is who you need to be with when you want to have a blast and catch a ton of fish. Reel in halibut or salmon, or spend the afternoon on a renowned wildlife viewing tour. Whatever you do, don’t forget to follow this crew on Insta and book a trip for the 2017 season before it’s too late!

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Safe travels to all of our dear friends out there and remember that you can always reach out to us at any time if you need help planning your dream Kenai Peninsula vacation.

 

10 Adventure Travel Videos On The Kenai That Will Give You Wanderlust For Life

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There is a reason why they call our stunningly beautiful backyard The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. No where else in the mighty last frontier will you find as many ample outdoor opportunities as you will on the Kenai Peninsula. Our majestic mountains will take you above it all and leave you with some of the most jaw-dropping views that you will ever experience in your lifetime. Our glistening glaciers are not only fascinating to look at, but they are also a blast to hike around and even camp next to.

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We can’t forget about the incredible amount of wildlife that roams freely from land to river and sea on the Kenai Peninsula. It’s almost impossible to visit this renowned area without a chance run in with bears, moose, eagles, whales, caribou, seals, otters and truly so much more.

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As January is now in full swing, we imagine that you’re probably starting to think about where your summer travels will take you in 2017. Before you go any further, we want to tell you that there is absolutely no other place in the world that you should put on your list above a visit to The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. Not only does this prominent and popular area have an unlimited amount of outdoor activities for you to enjoy, but there are also a ton of laid back excursions that visitors can embark on if they want to relax and have a less strenuous vacation.

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Best of all? Just about any itinerary throughout the State of Alaska can easily be combined with a trip to the Kenai Peninsula. So whether you’re coming up to the 49th state via cruise ship, hopping on the Alaska Railroad or just renting an RV and ‘going with the flow’ – you’ll find all the magic you need to fuel your wanderlust for life. Not convinced? Be sure to check out these 10 awesome adventure videos and we are sure that your mind will quickly be changed.

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1 – This fly fishing video throughout the Kenai Peninsula will have you itching to flip for reds and spend your summer nights dancing beneath the midnight sun with your closest friends.

2 – Free and foggy! This fun traveling ‘van life’ video proves that the Kenai Peninsula is effortlessly beautiful, even when it’s foggy and rainy outside. There is no denying that hiking up to Exit Glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park is a magical experience, even when the skies aren’t blue.

3 – If you’re coming up to the last frontier to experience as much of the state as possible, you’ll love this father/son video that shows them traveling via RV and stopping in places such as Anchorage, Seward, Valdez, Tok, Fairbanks, Denali National Park & Preserve, Fairbanks and many others along the way. Talk about the best family bonding idea ever!

4 – It’s hard to hide the excitement that comes along with rainbow trout fishing on the Kenai River. Can you say HOG WILD? Yeah baby!

5 – If you thought that the Kenai Fjords National Park out of Seward was an incredible place before, you’ll be completely mind-blown after watching this phenomenal aerial footage. Alaska, take me away!

6 – Alaska’s ‘halibut fishing capital of the world’ from above… WOW! We are speechless. The perspective of the docks is truly brilliant. Not to mention, the drone footage capturing Dall sheep running wild across the rocky cliff faces in Seward is a complete masterpiece moment.

7 – This light and breezy video fills our hearts with summertime nostalgia. Nothing beats the joy that comes along with reeling in a salmon, steelhead or rainbow trout on the world-famous Kenai River or the less known Anchor River. Now we are ready for a night spent laughing around the campfire.

8 – This drone footage coupled with a perfectly peaceful melody captures the essence of fall on The Kenai beautifully. We love our sweet small town life and the unbelievable amounts of raw nature that surrounds us from land to sea. On another note, we could sunset gaze over Cook Inlet for a million years and never get tired of it.

9 – What stands out to us about this great footage is how ‘easily accessible’ such wonderful sights can be on the peninsula. A simple drive through town can present adorable wildlife viewing opportunities right before your very eyes (those wobbly little baby moose- aww!), whereas a sweet stroll down the docks in Seward or Homer might just mean that you get to observe otters swimming around right beneath your feet.

10 – We will finish up our list with this excellent Alaska-wide video that shows not only how beautiful places like Seward, Homer and the Kenai Fjords National Park are, but also outlying attractions such as Denali National Park, Katmai National Park, Talkeetna, Hatcher Pass and more. If you were unsure about visiting Alaska, this will change your mind in an instant.

Safe travels out there, adventure hounds! If you ever need any tips or tidbits along the way, always feel free to reach out to us directly and we will be happy to help you plan the most epic vacation of your lifetime.

10 Restaurants On The Kenai That Serve Mouthwatering Alaska Seafood

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With our incredible lakes, rivers and ocean access, it’s pretty much a given that you’ll find countless places to access fish on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. Although you can go out and catch your own, there is just something extra special about eating mouthwateringly delicious seafood made to perfection by an passionate, creative chef.

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PC: Ang – Flickr

All of these spots throughout the Kenai Peninsula offer something uniquely different from the next, yet they all have one thing in common; a dedication to sourcing local seafood. From salmon, halibut, cod and rockfish to scallops, shrimp, oysters and king crab. If wild, natural, sustainable Alaska seafood is the name of your game, your options are truly limitless when you check out any of these great restaurants.  For a finished product that is simply decadent, choose one of these excellent spots for your next date night out. Note: These restaurants are listed in no particular order, meaning… we love them all equally!

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1: AJ’s Old Town Steakhouse & Tavern – Homer. Located on Bunnell, AJ’s is the place to go after a long day of playing outside in the ‘halibut fishing capital of the world’. The warm and cozy atmosphere mixed with the excellent food and outgoing service will make you want to come back time and time again.

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2:  The Duck Inn – Soldotna. Located off K-Beach road, this awesome restaurant offers a cozy and laid back atmosphere with great food that consistently delivers. The blackened salmon sandwich is a local favorite but we’re pretty certain that you’ll love just about anything you try.

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3: The Chart Room at Land’s End Resort – Homer. Located at the end of the Homer Spit is one of the best restaurants in town, the Chart Room. Enjoy fresh Kachemak Bay Oysters, Alaskan Bouillabaisse or King Crab Legs with one of the most breathtaking views in all of Alaska.  

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4: Chinooks Restaurant – Seward. Located on 4th Avenue with an enchanting view overlooking the boat harbor, this restaurant offers fabulous daily specials, delicious drinks and some of the most tasty selection of wild Alaska seafood that we’ve ever experienced. We love the pan roasted halibut, smoked scallops, smoked scallop mac-n-cheese and the pecan crusted cod. YUM!

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5: Inlet View Restaurant – Ninilchik.  Located off the Sterling Highway, this cozy little spot is a great place to pull over and enjoy a delicious seafood dinner and a couple drinks while watching the sunset in the distance. We were especially fond of the service and warm atmosphere that was experienced here.

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6: Mykel’s Restaurant – Soldotna. Located off the Kenai Spur Highway, this fantastic restaurant is a local favorite. With great service and a relaxing atmosphere, you’ll love dining on seafood favorites such as the walnut crusted salmon with raspberry beurre blanc, Kodiak scallops, garlic pan seared halibut and the tempura prawns. It’s all so mouthwateringly delicious!

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7: Anchor River Inn & Restaurant – Anchor Point. Located off the Old Sterling Highway, this neat spot is a great place to fill up on delicious food after a long day of fishing for steelhead. You’ll love the Alaskan style décor and the wonderful service!

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8: Christo’s Palace – Seward.  Located on 4th Avenue, this lovely little spot is a great place to enjoy a date night out. You’ll love the grilled halibut Portobello, seafood sauté, smoked salmon fettuccine and the stuffed baked pasta.  

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9: The Restaurant at Porterhouse Grill – Sterling. Located off the Sterling Highway, this unassuming little spot is an excellent place to have a hearty seafood dinner after a day of fishing on the Kenai River. Try the colossal prawns, halibut or the surf n’ turf if you want to make your taste buds extra happy!

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10: The Flats Bistro – Kenai. This relatively new restaurant located off of K-Beach Road has a spectacular view overlooking the beautiful flats and Cook Inlet. If incredible seafood is what you’re after, try the razor clams, scallops fettuccine, king crab legs, fish and chips or the salmon.

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Now that you’re likely wiping the drool up off your keyboard, be sure to keep these excellent places in mind the next time you plan on eating out. For more great options or recommendations, feel free to give us a call or drop us a message below and we will be happy to help in any way that we can!

Fly Fishing Is On Fire At The Russian River In Cooper Landing

Head to Cooper Landing on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground for an epic hike or fly fishing adventure on the Russian River. It’s a beautiful time of year to get out and enjoy your stunningly beautiful backyard!

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Or if you just want to enjoy a good hike and views of the river, you can always park at the campground or the confluence (aka the ferry) and enjoy a beautiful stroll riverside.

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Another excellent hike in the area is the Russian River Falls trail. The trailhead is located in the campground turnout off the Sterling Hwy in Cooper Landing. This area is known for having lots of bear activity, however – so be careful and always be prepared for an unexpected sighting. The parking fee at the campground is $11 of a 12 hour day and you can fill your vehicle full of as many people as legally possible. So load up your friends/family and make it a point to check out this incredible area.

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Fly fishing this time of year is quite the treat. During the weekdays you’ll notice that the crowds have begun to disperse and the area feels like the real, raw Alaska that you’ve surely come to fall in love with. You also might be incredibly surprised to learn that you very well might have the entire river to yourself.

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This time of year, the river is filled with brilliantly colored salmon that are starting the spawning process. We even stumbled upon a huge king salmon on a low riverbed that was turned totally white and spawned out. It is a rare occurrence to see those huge fish so far upstream in the Russian River, but it is always cool sighting to behold. We started upstream and walked down over the course of about five hours.  In most areas the water was only a couple feet deep so we were able to walk back and forth from each side and fish both banks thoroughly.

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It’s pretty easy to fall in love with the Russian River. Unlike the Kenai, it is very shallow in many areas (especially the upper) and you can actually see into the water all the way to the bottom. The beautiful multi-colored rocks on the riverbed are very slippery, so it’s important to use extreme caution when in the water so that you don’t fall over.

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Pretty frequently the bright red salmon would move quickly and splash up out of the water, which can also alarm you and throw you off a bit as you are meandering through the quick currents. We couldn’t stop catching fish! It was epic, to say the least. We hooked several nice little rainbows, but nothing too big in size. They are a blast to catch because they run like the wind and are very feisty.

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We also had great success with dolly varden (dollies), grayling and even a couple beautiful silvers. We primarily used beads on a fly or threw a couple fly’s on there solo to switch it up every so often.

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Everything was catch and release (this was definitely not a “meat run”), just a fun day with a little finesse and a fly rod.

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In true Alaskan fashion, we fished until the very last moment and soaked up every ounce of sunlight. And luckily, we had a phenomenal sunset to close out a picture perfect day of fishing. Talk about one of those moments that make you have to *pinch* yourself because it’s almost unbelievable to live in such a stunningly beautiful place. So grateful to live in (truly) the most beautiful place in the last frontier!

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Have you been fishing this summer? Where are your favorite spots to go on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground? We’d love to hear about all your epic adventures! Wishing you tight lines, water babies and adventure hounds!

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13 Great Spots To Walk In And Wet A Line

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Photo by Robert Levy, Flickr.

Summer solstice has came and went and August is the time of the season to wet lines and soak up the warmest weather of the year. While some might think that the best fishing spots on the river and the salt require a boat and plenty of money for gas, we are here to prove that misconception all wrong. These walk-in fishing spots are easily accessible, they offer spectacular scenery and best of all – all they require is for you to show up with a rod in hand. Low maintenance and easy on the wallet, for those of you that love catching deliciously wild Alaska seafood – it doesn’t get much better than these hot spots and best kept secrets on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground.

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Flickr – Maria Fletcher-Stark

1 – Homer Lagoon

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Flickr – Isaac Wedin

2 – Bings Landing on the Kenai River

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Flickr – Travis

3 – Russian River Confluence in Cooper Landing

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Flickr – Ian Collins

4 – Soldotna Creek Park on the Kenai River

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Facebook – Soldotna Creek Park

5 – Anchor River in Anchor Point

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Photo Credit – Pixabay

6 – Seward Beach

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Flickr – madeleine deaton

7 – Centennial Campground in Soldotna

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Facebook – Centennial Campground

8 – Crooked Creek at the Kasilof River Confluence

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Facebook – Crooked Creek Guide Service, Cabins and RV Community

9 – Mouth of the Kenai River at Kenai Beach

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Flickr – Kim F

10 –  Mouth of the Kasilof River at Kasilof Beach

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Photo Credit – Joseph Robertia, Redoubt Reporter

11 – Resurrection Creek in Hope

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Flickr – Philip Morton

12 – Kenai Lake in Cooper Landing

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Photo Credit – Courtney Stanley

13 – Deep Creek and the Ninilchik River

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Photo Credit – YouTube

While these spots are all phenomenal in their own ways, keep in mind there are tons more great spots to walk-in and wet a line all throughout The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. But we figured that this will give you a good introduction for now. For the fly fishers in the crowd THIS article is a great read and documents some great spots to walk-in and wet a line. If you’d like any more tips for great spots or need help finding any of the above that we’ve listed, feel free to give us a call or shoot us an email and we will help in anyway that we can!