How have we been handling COVID-19 during the 2020 season? Read below for Kenai Fishing pandemic updates from us, as well as the state of Alaska. We care and are committed to safe and fun Kenai fishing during the pandemic and will post more updates here as they come out.

PS. Kenai River rainbow trout fishing on the Upper Kenai is awesome right now!! Cheers!

Alaska Travel Update Effective August 11, 2020

UPDATE 8/6/20

Alaska’s new travel protocols take effect Tuesday, Aug. 11. All non-residents must arrive with a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure or proof of a pending test result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to departure. This new strategy will allow us to focus resources on travel within the state. More details of the plan will be posted as information becomes available.


  • Test 72 hours before departure, and upload negative result into the Alaska Travel Portal (link will be available soon)
  • If tested 72 hours before departure and awaiting results, travelers will need to upload proof of test taken into the Alaska Travel Portal and quarantine while waiting.
  • If a non-resident arrives without a pre-test, testing is available for $250 per test. The traveler will be required to quarantine while waiting on results.

Alaska Residents

  • Testing remains available at no cost to Alaska residents.
  • 14 day quarantine is still available to Alaska residents.
  • Alaska residents traveling back to home communities in rural Alaska will now have the option of testing at the airport sites, to prevent bringing the virus into our small communities.

Click HERE for the State of Alaska COVID-19 Travelers Page

!!UPDATE 6/10/20!!

Opening day on the Upper Kenai River is tomorrow! We hope the new travel mandate for coming into Alaska isn’t too complicated for the travelers out there. The regulations are fluid and changing, so do expect that things may change again between the beginning of the season and a later summer/fall trip. We will do our best to keep everything updated as conditions change, but a good rule of thumb is that we are mirroring what is required by the state mandates, and will request documentation of whatever that is at the time. Thank you all who are willing to jump through the hoops, Alaska is worth it!

!!UPDATE 6/4/20!!

Notice To Travelers Arriving in Alaska

Beginning Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 12:01am travelers arriving into Alaska from another state or country must follow new protocols. Read the new rules at the Traveler Information Page.

We will request documentation from all non-resident fishing clients of appropriate steps taken as advised by State of Alaska Health Mandate upon arrival into AK.


Great job hanging in there, everyone!  Our goal this season is to operate in a way that keeps both our family and yours as safe as possible amid the current global pandemic.  Below is some important information regarding our operations and COVID-19, and how it applies to you, our fishing clients.

Updated COVID-19 Reservation Policy

For reservations made after 3/29/20, we are waiving the $200 non-refundable booking deposit.  For reservations prior to 3/29/20, in case of cancellations, we are waiving the expiration of the booking deposit.  It may be used as a credit towards any trip at any time in the future without expiration.  We are happy to reschedule, even multiple times if necessary, to accommodate everyone’s ever-changing travel plans or lack thereof.  Balance due date is changed from 14 days prior to trip date to 24 hours prior to trip date.

COVID-19 Client Protective Plan

This is our plan for you, our clients, that details how we will operate and what you will need to do.  Click HERE to read Kenai River Float-n-Fish COVID-19 CLIENT PROTECTIVE PLAN in full. 

Contactless Forms and Payments

We will process your payment online 24 hours before your trip date.  Liability release form, Client Protective Plan, and Health Statement form will be contactless, delivered via email, and e-signed prior to the trip.

Minimized Indoor Contact/Surfaces Contact

Kenai River Float-n-Fish’s office location and restroom will be open to employees only. Client interactions before and after the trip will occur on the front porch of the business, outside. 

No Mixing of Groups

Clients on a vessel will be limited to persons who reside in the same household, or a group sheltering in place together, to the amount practicable, or to clients who have completed steps advised under Alaska Health Mandate 10. 

Workforce, Client, & Community Safety

Kenai River Float-n-Fish will follow appropriate hygiene, physical/social distancing, PPE, and sanitation requirements, according to CDC guidelines.

Online Store

All your favorite Float-n-Fish swag is now available online from our store.  We even have masks available!  Click HERE to shop.

Reach Out to Us! 

We hope this helps you with your planning.  As always, we are here for you to answer any questions or help with any of your concerns.  Just give us a call, drop us an email, or shoot us a text. We are happy to help reschedule, rebuild your itinerary, and make sense of all this madness!

We also hope that you take safety as seriously as we do.  We want to be transparent in our updated procedures and policies.  You’ve probably noticed we plan to operate pretty conservatively with a high level of risk management.  If you aren’t comfortable with the level of precaution we intend to take in our operations or don’t agree with social distancing, PPE, etc., please just let us know.  We feel that your happiness is just as important as everyone’s safety.  That being said, there are some other options if you are looking for a more relaxed operation.  We are happy to help you find other accommodations if you aren’t comfortable.  Thanks so much for your understanding! Stay tuned for more Kenai Fishing pandemic updates.