Tustumena Lake (Boat Launch)

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Situated on the edge of the vast and wild Tustumena Lake, the Tustumena Lake Boat Launch serves as a gateway to one of Alaska’s most secluded and majestic fishing destinations. This pristine lake, surrounded by untouched wilderness and towering mountains, offers anglers an unparalleled opportunity to connect with nature while pursuing a variety of fish species in some of the most scenic settings imaginable. Kenai Fly Fish (KFF) is excited to guide you from this serene launch point, ensuring an adventure that combines thrilling fishing action with awe-inspiring natural beauty.

For Adventurous Anglers and Nature Lovers

The Tustumena Lake Boat Launch is ideal for those who seek adventure far from the beaten path. It’s a haven for anglers who not only aim to reel in the catch of a lifetime but also wish to immerse themselves in the tranquility and splendor of Alaska’s vast wilderness. Perfect for both experienced anglers and those looking to escape into nature’s embrace, this launch point promises a fishing journey unlike any other.

Discover Diverse Fishing Opportunities

  • Fish Species: Tustumena Lake is home to a variety of fish, including the elusive Lake Trout and Dolly Varden. While not primarily known for salmon due to its unique ecosystem, the lake and its tributaries offer unique opportunities for anglers to target some of Alaska’s most challenging and rewarding freshwater species.
  • Facilities: The boat launch provides basic amenities to ensure a seamless start to your fishing expedition. Given the remote location, anglers should come prepared with all necessary supplies and gear for a day (or more) out on the water.

Unmatched Location

The Tustumena Lake Boat Launch is more than just a starting point for your fishing adventure; it’s an invitation to explore one of Alaska’s most remote and beautiful natural landscapes. The lake’s sheer size and the rugged terrain that surrounds it make every trip a journey into the heart of Alaska’s untamed wilderness.

Best Times to Visit

Fishing at Tustumena Lake is a season-long endeavor, with peak times varying depending on the target species:

  • Lake Trout: Best in early summer and again in fall, when these deep-water dwellers come closer to the surface.
  • Dolly Varden: Look for these char in late spring through fall, especially near inflowing streams.

Why Choose Tustumena Lake Boat Launch?

Embarking from the Tustumena Lake Boat Launch with KFF means choosing an experience that goes beyond fishing. It’s about adventure, exploration, and the pursuit of tranquility in one of Alaska’s most breathtaking settings. This launch point is for those who crave not just the thrill of the catch but the profound peace that comes from being surrounded by nature at its most raw and beautiful.

Preparing for Your Expedition

  • Pack for the Wilderness: Ensure you have appropriate gear for variable weather, safety equipment, and enough supplies for the duration of your trip. KFF will guide you on what to bring for a successful fishing trip.
  • Embrace the Adventure: Fishing in Tustumena Lake’s remote waters requires an adventurous spirit and respect for the natural environment. KFF’s expertise ensures you’ll have a knowledgeable guide by your side.
  • Conservation Awareness: Anglers are encouraged to practice mindful fishing techniques and catch-and-release as appropriate, helping preserve the pristine nature of Tustumena Lake for future generations.

The Tustumena Lake Boat Launch is your starting point for an extraordinary journey into the wild heart of Alaska. With Kenai Fly Fish, embark on a fishing adventure that promises not just memorable catches but an immersive experience in the untouched beauty of Alaska’s wilderness. Where every cast is an echo across the water, and every catch is a story waiting to be told.


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