The River Raft

The river raft was our first Alaska water craft. We purchased it in the spring of 2002 on the side of the road at the Sterling Senior Center. An old fellow had it leaned up against the side of his truck at one of their garage sales. It had patches on it that were leaking, so we got a good deal. It was just a basic raft, so we loaded up on raft accessories like oars, an oar frame and paddles at Andy & Bax, a rafting store in Portland, OR. We learned the proper way to patch a hypalon raft and tackled our holes. We haven't had a problem since. Over the years we've upgraded somewhat, adding a motor mount and small outboard when necessary.

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The raft is equipped with an Oar frame.
The brand is an Achilles River Raft.
Our raft may also be used with paddles alone with 3 or more paddlers aboard.

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The Kenai River

  The emerald green upper Kenai River, which
originates at Kenai Lake on the Kenai Peninsula,
offers one of Alaska's premier one-day river trips
for persons wanting easy whitewater.
While Kenai's Class I-II+ whitewaters are not
considered difficult, they do have some
exhilarating stretches that can be enjoyed by all ages.
  The Kenai River, one of the state most productive
for salmon and trout fishing, has abundant wildlife
including brown bears.
Rafters may choose between two trips, both which
begin near Kenai Lake and flow through the Kenai
National Wildlife Refuge.
  The easier 11 mile (17.5 km) float trip takes
out at Jim Landing, whereas the longer 17 mile
(27 km) trip continues to Skilak Lake downstream
from Cooper Landing.

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Fishing Trips by Raft:

1. Upper Kenai River, Kenai River Bridge to Sportsman Lodge. Full and half day excursions are available Full day - Half Day
2. Kenai River, Moose River Confluence to Soldotna. (Swiftwater Campground) 6 hour float. 15+ miles. All species of Alaska Salmon, Rainbows, Dollies and Arctic Char.
3. Kasilof River, Tustumena Lake to Sterling Highway: 4-hour float. 8+ miles. Kings, Steelhead, Red and Silver Salmon in season. Mid-May - June.
4. Kasilof River, Sterling Highway to Coho Cove: 3-hour float. Kings, Steelhead, Red and Silver Salmon in season. Mid-May to Mid-June.

Kenai Canyon Day Trip This exciting 7 hour adventure will take you from the boat launch at the mouth of Kenai Lake past Jim's Landing and into the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge where wildlife viewing is at its best. You'll enjoy the exhilarating fun of running the Kenai Canyon with a leisurely stop for a hearty Alaskan style picnic lunch. Then to finish the trip you'll take a 5 mile boat ride across spectacular Skilak Lake or a 1.5 mile nature walk up Hidden Creek Trail, depending on weather conditions. This is one of Alaska's premier wilderness experiences.

Packing List / What to Bring and Wear

Kenai River Rafting Trips operate rain or shine. Dress comfortably and warm for the out-of-doors, and dress in layers - you can shed your outer layers as the day warms up. Please pack any extra gear or clothing in a small day pack. Rain gear and rubber boots should be worn.

What to Wear on the River

comfortable pants or slacks
long sleeve shirt
sweater or fleece jacket
warm socks
synthetic or wool long underwear, if necessary

What to Bring on the Boat

extra pair of dry socks
extra sweater or fleece jacket
warm wool or fleece hat
warm wool or fleece gloves or mittens

Other Recommended Items

sunglasses (polarized, if on Fishing Trip)
camera and film
binoculars
insect repellent
sun screen
baseball cap or hat with a brim