South to Kenai, Alaska
Getting to and around Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula is easy! Located just south of Anchorage, you have a host of transportation options to explore the Peninsula. First things first, you need choose how you would like to travel to Alaska. Hop a plane, climb aboard a ship or hit the road, but keep the camera close at hand, the journey itself can be breathtaking.
More than 240 flights arrive daily at the Anchorage Airport. Flights on a variety of carriers connect Anchorage with major U.S. cities as well as Asia and Europe. Cruises and the state ferry system connect the Pacific Northwest with Alaska. One-way cruises depart Vancouver, British Columbia, travel the Inside Passage in Southeast Alaska, and into Seward, Homer, and the Anchorage area.
If you don’t want the stress of driving, try scheduled motor coach service or take the Alaska Railroad south to Seward for a unique perspective.
The ferries of the Alaska Marine Highway System provide regular service between Bellingham, Wash. and Whittier, Alaska, depositing you at the entrance of The Kenai. The Alaska Highway runs more than 1,300 miles between British Columbia, Canada and Alaska. The trip to Alaska via Canada varies by departure point, but you’ll want to plan on several days of travel time. If you fly into Anchorage, opt to rent a car or motor home for maximum flexibility. You can opt to fly on scheduled air service to the City of Kenai and Homer or choose one of the many small plane operators who offer transportation as well as flightseeing opportunities. Regardless of how you get to Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, the lush beauty of your surrounding will make your trip memorable.
Estimated Travel Time from Anchorage, Alaska
Plane – 45 minutes
Car – 3 hours
State Airbus – 3.5 hours (Alaska Bus Company)
What to Bring?
DRESS to Impress… If possible, avoid cotton clothing. Sweatshirts, tee shirts, jeans, and the like retain water when wet, and even in the summertime in Alaska, you can get soaked. You’re much better off with synthetics in every layer from the skin out. Wear an insulating layer of light-weight thermal underwear, topped with synthetic pants and a synthetic shirt of some kind. Rain gear is essential. Being in Alaska you can always expect rain! You can get by with cheaper raingear, but be aware that it may not last long. Serious anglers will spend more money on their rain gear because once you get wet you are miserable. Breathable brands that wick away perspiration are best. A baseball cap is an excellent choice for shading your eyes so you can see fish holding in shallow areas. Polarized sunglasses are essential as they not only allow you to see beneath the surface and spot fish easier, but they also protect your eyes from errant hooks and sinkers. NEVER go salmon fishing without protective eyewear! Waders are another essential piece of gear for fishing.
In popular fisheries such as the Kenai Peninsula’s Russian River and the Kenai River itself, if you can’t get in the water, other fishermen will end up standing in front of you while you’re trying to fish. Hip boots are fine as well. Regular rubber-bottomed hip boots are prone to slipping on mossy rocks, and you could end up taking a swim! Most anglers prefer breathable chest waders, which allow you to sit down without getting your rear wet on rainy days.
Finally, a pair of fisherman’s gloves, with the fingertips cut off so you can tie knots and such, are a great thing to have along on cold, windy days.