Kasilof River (Boat Launch)

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Nestled on the banks of the captivating Kasilof River, the Kasilof River Boat Launch offers a serene and picturesque starting point for anglers looking to explore one of Alaska’s most scenic and productive fishing destinations. Known for its quieter, drift-only waters, the Kasilof River presents a unique fishing experience away from the hustle and bustle of more crowded locales. Kenai Fly Fish (KFF) is proud to guide you from this tranquil launch site, ensuring a deeply rewarding fishing journey amidst the breathtaking beauty of Alaska’s wilderness.

Perfect for Anglers Seeking Solitude

The Kasilof River Boat Launch is ideally suited for those who cherish the peace and solitude of the great outdoors. It’s a haven for anglers of all levels—from the seasoned veteran to the enthusiastic beginner—offering a less pressured environment conducive to both learning and mastering the art of fishing. This launch point is particularly appealing to those who value the quiet moments that fishing provides, allowing for a deep connection with nature.

Rich Fishing Opportunities Await

  • Fish Species: The Kasilof River is celebrated for its runs of King (Chinook) and Sockeye (Red) salmon, with the opportunity to engage in thrilling battles with these sought-after species. The river also hosts a healthy population of Silver (Coho) salmon later in the season, alongside resident species like Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden, making it a diverse fishing haven.
  • Facilities: The boat launch is equipped with the necessities for a smooth entry into the river, including adequate parking and water access. Its drift-only designation ensures a pristine and unspoiled fishing environment.

Strategic Location

Located a short drive from Soldotna, the Kasilof River Boat Launch offers easy access while retaining a sense of seclusion and intimacy with nature. Its position on the river allows for a variety of fishing experiences, from the gentle flows ideal for fly fishing to the more dynamic waters that challenge even the most experienced anglers.

Optimal Fishing Seasons

  • King Salmon: The Kasilof’s King salmon run starts in May, offering early-season excitement through July.
  • Sockeye Salmon: June and July are prime months for Sockeye, with the river’s clear waters providing an ideal backdrop for this exhilarating fishery.
  • Silver Salmon: By late August and into September, Silver salmon become the main attraction, rounding out the salmon fishing season with a flourish.
  • Resident Species: Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden offer consistent fishing opportunities outside the prime salmon runs, ensuring the Kasilof remains a year-round fishing destination.

Why Choose Kasilof River Boat Launch?

Choosing the Kasilof River Boat Launch with Kenai Fly Fish means embarking on a fishing adventure that promises not just exceptional catches but also moments of tranquility and reflection. The river’s drift-only policy guarantees a genuine and unspoiled fishing experience, allowing you to drift through Alaska’s stunning landscapes while pursuing some of the most coveted fish species in the world.

Journey Preparation

  • Pack Accordingly: Ensure you have the appropriate gear, clothing for variable weather, and any personal items to enhance your day on the water. KFF provides all necessary fishing equipment, but personal preparation is key.
  • Local Expertise: Benefit from KFF’s extensive knowledge of the Kasilof River’s seasonal dynamics and fish populations, optimizing your chances for a successful outing.
  • Conservation Ethos: As stewards of Alaska’s natural resources, anglers are encouraged to practice catch-and-release for non-target species and to fish responsibly, preserving the pristine condition of the Kasilof River.

The Kasilof River Boat Launch invites you to experience the quieter side of Alaskan fishing, where the rhythm of the river and the thrill of the catch converge to create unforgettable memories. With Kenai Fly Fish, set forth from this peaceful launch into the heart of Alaska’s angling paradise, where each cast connects you deeper with the wild and majestic beauty of the Last Frontier.


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!


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