Middle Kenai River



The Middle Kenai River is the section that flows out of the outlet of Skilak Lake through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge westward toward the town of Sterling. The river widens out here with less of a gradient than the Upper section. The bigger the water, the bigger the fish, and you could definitely run into the trout of a lifetime on this stretch of water.

We offer full day trips only for the Middle Kenai River targeting Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden using fly and spinning rods and light tackle. This section is not drift only, but true to the soul of drift only fishing, we do not run a motor. This 11 mile drift starts with approximately 1 hour of rowing time across Skilak Lake, followed by a full day of exciting angling. The trip concludes at Bing's Landing State Recreation Site in Sterling, AK, approx. 35 road miles from Cooper Landing.

The meeting place for Middle Kenai River trips is either Bing's Landing or Lower Skilak Boat Launch. We will provide you directions to these locations when you reserve a trip.

What's included in Middle Kenai guided fishing trips: all gear including rods, reels, lines & tackle, chest waders, life jackets & commercial rain gear.

Not included: fishing license, lunch/snacks/drinks




Middle Kenai River Guided Fishing Rates



August 20-September 30

Full Day: $300 per person + tax

Private trip, Full Day: $900 (1-2 anglers)


Private trip rates are for 1-2 anglers only who want the entire boat to themselves, groups of 3 or more are charged on per person basis.

Fly & Spin fishing for Rainbow Trout & Dolly Varden

See our Reservations section for more info about booking a trip for the Middle Kenai.


Hydrologic Data

Click on hydrograph for more Middle Kenai hydrologic Data