Centennial Park (Boat Launch)

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Nestled along the banks of the Kenai River within the vibrant community of Soldotna, the Centennial Park Boat Launch stands as a central hub for anglers seeking to dive into the rich waters of one of Alaska’s most famous fishing rivers. Renowned for its strategic location, this launch point provides seamless access to diverse fishing opportunities, catering to those in pursuit of the legendary Kenai River salmon runs, as well as the sought-after Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden. With Kenai Fly Fish (KFF), embark from Centennial Park to experience fishing adventures that are as rewarding as they are memorable.

Who It’s For

Centennial Park Boat Launch is a versatile starting point that welcomes anglers of all ages and skill levels. Whether you’re an experienced fisherman aiming for a trophy catch or a family looking to enjoy a day on the water, this launch offers the perfect gateway to the Kenai River’s fishing treasures.

What Awaits You

  • Fish Species: From the mighty King (Chinook) and energetic Sockeye (Red) salmon to the acrobatic Silver (Coho) salmon, the waters around Centennial Park teem with life. The area is also a prime spot for targeting Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden, offering anglers a varied catch throughout the fishing season.
  • Facilities: Centennial Park itself is equipped with ample parking, restrooms, picnic areas, and easy river access, making it an ideal location for both launching your boat and enjoying a day’s catch with family and friends.

Prime Location

Centennial Park Boat Launch’s prime location in Soldotna means you’re never far from the city’s amenities, including tackle shops, restaurants, and accommodations. Its position on the Kenai River allows for easy access to both upstream and downstream fishing hotspots, ensuring that whether you’re after salmon or trout, prime fishing grounds are just a short boat ride away.

Optimal Fishing Times

  • King Salmon: Target the King salmon from late May through early July for the best chances of a trophy catch.
  • Sockeye Salmon: July is the peak season for Sockeye, with the Kenai River bustling with these popular salmon.
  • Silver Salmon: Look to late August through September for Silver salmon, as they make their spirited runs.
  • Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden: Enjoy consistent fishing for these species, with peak activity in the autumn months.

Why Choose Centennial Park Boat Launch?

Centennial Park is not just a launch; it’s a full-service fishing experience. With KFF, anglers benefit from the convenience and accessibility of this central location, combined with expert guidance and insider knowledge of the Kenai River’s best fishing spots. It’s the perfect blend of community convenience and natural wilderness, providing an accessible yet authentic Alaskan fishing adventure.

Preparing for Your Trip

  • Gear Up: While KFF provides all necessary fishing gear, personal items such as rain gear, sunscreen, and snacks will make your trip more comfortable.
  • Arrive Prepared: Check in with Kenai Fly Fish for any last-minute tips or updates on river conditions to maximize your fishing success.
  • Respect the Resource: Embrace sustainable fishing practices and respect local regulations to ensure the Kenai River remains a world-class fishing destination for generations to come.

Centennial Park Boat Launch is more than just a starting point; it’s where your Kenai River adventure begins. With Kenai Fly Fish, this location becomes the backdrop for unforgettable fishing stories, shared moments with loved ones, and the thrill of the catch. Join us as we navigate the pristine waters of the Kenai, where every cast brings new possibilities and the promise of the Alaskan fishing adventure of a lifetime.


Kenai River Fish Species

Rainbow Trout

Kenai River rainbows can be well over 30 inches and up to 20lbs!

Dolly Varden Char

Dollies range of all sizes and can reach up to about 12 lbs.


Steelhead are very uniform in shape and average around 28 inches. These amazing, acrobatic fish are often a fly fisherman’s favorite to target.

King Salmon

The Kenai River is open to motorized boats, allowing us chase the bite, and stay on the fish!

Sockeye Salmon

Sockeye salmon (also called red salmon) are the most popular salmon to catch on the Kenai Peninsula.

Coho Salmon

Ranging anywhere from 5-20lbs, coho are acrobatic and are probably the most aggressive salmon out there.

Pink Salmon

Pinks are completely underrated, they are extremely aggressive to catch and come in by the millions!


Guided ocean fishing on the world-famous Kenai Peninsula