Floating or Fishing the Kenai River
The Kenai is more famous for fishing than for rafting, but the area is beautiful and the Kenai Canyon, below Cooper Landing and above Skilak Lake, has frothy water between vertical canyon walls. Alaska Wildland Adventures, at the Kenai Riverside Lodge (tel. 800/478-4100 or 907/783-2928), is the most established operator and has a great reputation. They offer a 7-hour float through the canyon for $140 adults, $99 children, and a placid 2-hour float down the upper Kenai for $54 adults, $34 children. Their guided fishing is $275 for a full day, including lunch and gear. Alaska Rivers Co., Mile 50, Cooper Landing (tel. 907/595-1226; www.alaskariverscompany.com), has more than 25 years of experience. They offer scenic rafting three times daily ($49, children half price), daily canyon floats ($142), and guided fishing ($110 half-day, $205 all day). They rent cabins, too.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.