Pillars (Boat Launch)

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Strategically positioned along the Kenai River, the Pillars Boat Launch serves as a key access point for anglers seeking the exhilarating experience of fishing in one of Alaska’s most fertile waters. This launch, favored for its location closer to Kenai, offers a direct route to the river’s abundant runs of salmon and resident species such as Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden. Kenai Fly Fish (KFF) utilizes this prime spot to embark on fishing adventures that are both fruitful and unforgettable, providing clients with an unmatched Kenai River experience.

Who It’s For

Pillars Boat Launch is ideally suited for anglers who appreciate a blend of convenience and productive fishing. Whether you’re a seasoned fisherman in pursuit of the next big catch or a family looking for an enjoyable day on the water, this launch provides the perfect starting point for an array of fishing expeditions on the Kenai River.

Fishing Opportunities

  • Fish Species: Pillars Boat Launch is a hotspot for targeting the Kenai’s renowned salmon species, including the powerful King salmon, the plentiful Sockeye, and the elusive Silver salmon. The area is also a haven for anglers aiming to catch Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden, offering a diverse fishing experience throughout the season.
  • Facilities: This boat launch is equipped with necessary amenities for a smooth launch experience, including parking and easy river access. Anglers can expect a well-maintained starting point for their fishing journey.

Location Advantages

Nestled closer to the city of Kenai, Pillars Boat Launch offers anglers easy access to the river’s lower stretches, known for their large salmon runs and excellent trout fishing opportunities. Its strategic location allows for quick entry into the river, maximizing fishing time and increasing the chances of a successful outing.

Prime Fishing Seasons

  • King Salmon: The early summer months are prime time for King salmon, with the best chances for a trophy catch occurring from late May through early July.
  • Sockeye Salmon: July marks the peak season for Sockeye salmon, offering anglers the opportunity to witness the river’s vibrant life.
  • Silver Salmon: Aim for late August through September for the best Silver salmon fishing experiences.
  • Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden: These species provide consistent action, with autumn being particularly rewarding for anglers.

Why Choose Pillars Boat Launch?

Opting for Pillars Boat Launch with Kenai Fly Fish means choosing a location that optimizes your fishing adventure. Its accessibility, coupled with the expertise of KFF guides, ensures anglers are placed in the heart of the Kenai’s fishing action. From the novice to the expert, every angler benefits from the strategic positioning and the rich fishing grounds accessible from Pillars.

Getting Ready for Your Adventure

  • Come Prepared: While KFF offers comprehensive gear and equipment, personal preparation with appropriate clothing, snacks, and a valid fishing license enhances the experience.
  • Know Before You Go: Checking in with KFF for the latest updates on river conditions and fishing hotspots can provide a competitive edge for your trip.
  • Conservation First: Pillars Boat Launch, like all Kenai River access points, thrives on the principles of sustainable fishing. Anglers are encouraged to practice catch and release for non-target species and adhere to all local fishing regulations.

Pillars Boat Launch is not just a departure point; it’s the beginning of a Kenai River adventure that promises both the thrill of the catch and the peace of connecting with nature. With Kenai Fly Fish, anglers are guaranteed an exceptional fishing experience, set against the backdrop of Alaska’s breathtaking landscapes. Embark from Pillars and dive into the rich waters of the Kenai, where every cast brings closer the fishing trip 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