Frequently Asked Questions
+What should I bring with me?
We recommend you bring rubber boots (no open-toed shoes), especially if it is going to rain, full raingear, warm clothing (dress in layers), gloves, warm socks, hat, sunglasses, a camera, and lunch.
+What about motion sickness?
You can always use some OTC medication to avoid motion sickness, if you are not sure if you will get seasick or not. We've observed best results for those who have used the motion sickness patches that are placed behind the ear. Make sure you ask your doctor.
+Do I need a fishing license?
For Alaska residents under 18 and non-residents under 16, a harvest card is required. For the rest of you, there are licenses for 1, 3, 7, 14 day(s). These range from $20 to $100. These can be purchased online or at Fred Meyers, gas stations, or Hardware Stores. If you fish for King Salmon, a King Salmon Stamp is required. This can also be purchased online or at stores. Please refer to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website for additional information.
+What do I do with my fish?
Filleting and vacuum packing is included with your trip. You may either take your fish home as luggage or ship it home in insulated boxes that can be found at most processors or at Safeway or Fred Meyer's. Another option is to pay to have your fish processed in either Ninilchik, Homer, or Soldotna where they process and ship your fish for you or you can pick it up at the end of your trip from them.
+When are the fishing seasons?
Due to regularly changing regulations, we recommend you always check on the Alaska Fish and Game website for both salmon and halibut fishing opportunities. Please refer to the Lower Cook Inlet Area or Kachemak Bay. Typically, halibut is open from February 1st to December 31st, and the salmon fishery depends on where you are fishing (saltwater vs freshwater, river specifics, etc.).
+Where is Soldotna?
Soldotna is 150 miles south of Anchorage on a scenic highway. If you fly into Kenai, Soldotna is 12 miles east of there.
+Will my cell phone work?
AT&T provides service in the area. Roaming charges may apply to other carriers.
+Places to eat at while visiting the Kenai Peninsula?
Here are a few of the local favorites:
- Louie's Steak and Seafood (Kenai, AK)
- Boardwalk Fish and Chips (Homer, AK)
- Fat Olive's (Homer, AK)
- Fine Thyme Cafe (Soldotna, AK)
- Chinooks (Seward, AK)
+What are other things to do while visiting the Kenai Peninsula?
There are so many things you can do while visiting the Kenai Peninsula. Here are a few of the more popular:
- Hiking: There are many hiking trails in the area ranging from easy to hard. Try searching around Cooper's Landing area for the Russian River Falls Trail (easy) to see Salmon jumping up a waterfall or if you are up for the challenge, you can hike up Skyline Trail (difficult).
- Dipnetting (Alaska Residents Only)
- Wildlife Viewing: There is a high chance of seeing moose as you travel around the Kenai Peninsula. There are options to take bear-viewing flights out of Homer.
- Glaciers: You can take a day cruise out of Seward if you are interested in seeing tidewater glaciers (not to mention the whales, seals, puffins, etc that you may also be able to see)! If you aren't up for the boat ride, you may hike an easy trail in Seward to see Exit Glacier.