Beginning at Kenai Lake, the Kenai River flows west 75 miles through spruce-cottonwood forests surrounded by the Kenai Mountains to Cook Inlet at Kenai. Most of the river lies within Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Ranging from Class I to III, with excellent fishing, the Kenai is one of the most popular rivers in Southcentral Alaska.
The Kenai River boasts runs of four Pacific salmon species- king, sockeye, coho, and pink, as well as trophy-sized rainbow trout and Dolly Varden. Kenai River kings, or Chinook salmon, are among the largest North Pacific salmon, often weighing from 50 to more than 85 poounds. Runs of wild Kenai River salmon combine to support Alaska's largest recreational king, sockeye, and coho fisheries. In fact, the river is reputed to support the largest chinook salmon in the world. Exceedingly productive, with a variety of habitats, the river corridor supports large concentrations of bald eagles and migratory waterfowl.
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