Alyeska Resort lies at the gateway to the Kenai. Readily accessible and known for world-class outdoor adventures and fishing, the Kenai Peninsula is a sought after destination for travelers. A wealth of outdoor opportunities awaits every adventure seeker. Anglers will be challenged by the unsurpassed sport fishing opportunities. Explore the glistening waters of the Peninsula's rushing rivers and secluded lakes, the rugged mountainsides blanketed with wildflowers and forged by winding trails, and sandy beaches dotted with agates and shells.
Situated at the head of Resurrection Bay on the Kenai Peninsula, Seward is one of Alaska’s oldest and most scenic communities. Known as the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward is a picturesque town located 86 miles south of Alyeska Resort. Upon your arrival you will discover our bustling harbor and historic downtown district filled with quaint shops and art galleries. Experience trophy sport fishing, glacier and wildlife cruises, sailing, hiking, kayaking, flight seeing, and more.
At 3,022 feet, towering Mt. Marathon provides a breathtaking backdrop for the town. Behind Mt. Marathon and extending down the coast lies the Harding Icefield, measuring 35 by 20 miles. Flowing from the Harding Icefield are many glaciers, eight of which are tidewater glaciers, calving icebergs into the sea, reaching the coastline between Seward and Homer. Visit the Seward Visitor Center website.
The SeaLife Center is Alaska’s only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center, celebrating ten years of research, education, rehabilitation, and exhibits. Visitors to this “window on the sea” have close encounters with puffins, octopus, sea lions and other sea life while peeking over the shoulders of ocean scientists studying Alaska’s rich seas and diverse sea life.
The Kenai River runs 82 miles (132 km) westward from Kenai Lake in the Kenai Mountains, through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and Skilak Lake to its outlet into the Cook Inlet of the Pacific Ocean near Kenai and Soldotna, Alaska.
The Kenai River is the most popular sport fishing destination in Alaska, particularly for King or Chinook salmon. Each year there are two runs each of king salmon, silver salmon, red salmon, plus a run of pink salmon every other year. The world record king salmon, which weighed about 97 lb (44 kg), was caught in the Kenai River in 1985. The Kenai is also the home of trophy size rainbow trout and Dolly Varden. Stretching to sizes over 30 inches (76.2cm). Occasionally there will be reports of catching of Steelhead, a sea-run trout.
The king salmon fishery is not as prolific as in other Alaskan rivers, but the Kenai is known for its large fish. A typical king in the second run, beginning in mid-July, weighs 40–85 pounds (18–23 kg), with considerably larger specimens not uncommon. The Lower Kenai is notorious for its run and sizes of its king salmon. The silver salmon runs occur in early August and late September. The September run is favored by local anglers due to the larger size of the silver salmon.
Homer is a charming fishing village at the far end of the Kenai Peninsula about 263 miles from Alyeska Resort. Known as an artists' colony, Homer's appeal is its location and natural surroundings. During the summer, activities center around the Homer Spit, a gravel spit that juts five miles out into Kachemak Bay.
The spit has a variety of boutiques and shops, a small boat harbor, boardwalks, and scales where you can watch trophy-size halibut being weighed. On summer evenings, visitors can stand on a beach on the spit and watch the fishing boats round the point as they head for the harbor. Glaciers are visible on the shoulders of the mountains across the bay.
Homer is also a birder's delight. Perched between boreal forest, alpine tundra, temperate rain forest, and a productive marine environment, the area accommodates a rich diversity of birdlife in all seasons and spectacular abundance at particular times. The Pratt Museum in downtown Homer, with its collection of artwork, Native artifacts and aquariums, is well worth a trip. Visit the Homer Chamber of Commerce website.
Contact our Concierge Desk and starting planning your Kenai Peninsula adventures. Guided activities include sea kayaking, fishing, flightseeing, wildlife cruises and much more. You can reach the Concierge at 907-754-2108 or via email.