Keystone (Boat Launch)

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Nestled in the heart of Alaska’s fishing paradise, the End of Keystone Boat Launch is a pivotal access point for anglers eager to explore the bountiful waters of the Kenai River. This launch point is cherished by those in the know for its strategic position, providing direct entry to some of the river’s most fertile fishing grounds. Whether you’re targeting the mighty King salmon, the abundant Sockeye, or the acrobatic Silver salmon, the End of Keystone offers an unmatched starting point for your fishing adventures with Kenai Fly Fish (KFF).

Who It’s For

The End of Keystone Boat Launch is perfect for anglers of all abilities seeking to maximize their time on the water. Its location is particularly advantageous for those aiming to catch the early runs of salmon or those looking for the consistent action provided by Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden. It’s a favored spot for both seasoned anglers and those new to the sport who are looking for an accessible yet productive fishing experience.

What You’ll Experience

  • Fish Species: Positioned on the Kenai River, this boat launch gives anglers access to a variety of salmon species depending on the season, including King (Chinook), Sockeye (Red), and Silver (Coho) salmon. The area is also a hotspot for pursuing Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden, offering a comprehensive Alaskan fishing experience.
  • Facilities: The End of Keystone Boat Launch includes essential amenities to ensure a smooth launch into your fishing day. While facilities are basic, they provide the necessities for beginning your journey on the Kenai River.


The End of Keystone Boat Launch is located near Soldotna, offering easy access for those staying in or around this central hub of the Kenai Peninsula. Its proximity to key fishing spots makes it an ideal choice for anglers looking to spend less time traveling and more time fishing.

Optimal Fishing Times

  • King Salmon: The early summer months of May and June see the first runs of King salmon, making this a prime time to launch from End of Keystone.
  • Sockeye Salmon: July is the peak season for Sockeye, with the waters around the launch point teeming with these sought-after salmon.
  • Silver Salmon and Trout: Late summer through fall (August to October) offers excellent opportunities for Silver salmon and continues to be a productive time for Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden.

Why Choose End of Keystone

Opting for the End of Keystone Boat Launch with Kenai Fly Fish means choosing a location that combines convenience with the promise of fishing success. Its strategic placement on the Kenai River allows for early access to salmon runs and excellent trout fishing, minimizing travel time and maximizing your experience on the water.

Additional Tips

  • Preparation: Ensure you’re well-prepared with the appropriate gear, licenses, and knowledge of the current regulations. Kenai Fly Fish is happy to provide guidance and support to ensure you’re ready for your day on the river.
  • Conservation: We encourage all anglers to practice catch and release for non-target species and to adhere to sustainable fishing practices to preserve the Kenai River’s natural abundance.

The End of Keystone Boat Launch is more than just a point of departure; it’s the beginning of an unforgettable fishing journey with Kenai Fly Fish. Whether you’re after the thrill of landing a King salmon, the joy of a bountiful Sockeye catch, or the challenge of trout fishing, this launch point opens the door to the best fishing experiences Alaska has to offer. Join us, and let’s embark on an adventure where every cast brings the chance for a new discovery.


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