Pronounced soul-DAHT-nah, Soldotna is the central hub of the Kenai Peninsula, located just 150 scenic highway miles south of Anchorage via the Seward and Sterling Highways, rated by National Geographic as one of 50 ultimate road trips. Soldotna is a thriving, full-service community, and the fastest growing city on the Kenai Peninsula with a population of just more than 4,000 residents. While visitors and residents alike can testify to Soldotna’s unique Alaskan charms, Soldotna’s biggest claim to fame is the fact that the world renown Kenai River flows through the middle of town.
Voted the #1 Fishing Hotspot in North America by Field & Stream Magazine, each summer thousands of anglers stream into Soldotna on a quest for legendary Kenai River salmon. In fact, the world’s largest king salmon was plucked from the waters of the Kenai River in 1985. The 97.25-pound trophy is proudly displayed at the Soldotna Visitor Information Center.
Soldotna is the most fish-crazy place in Alaska during the summer, and well set up for the wave of anglers who flock here from mid-May through September for the runs of red, silver and especially the king salmon in the lower Kenai River. Soldotna is also home to more river city parks than any other community in Alaska, over a mile of elevated Kenai River boardwalk, and over 220 campsites for visitors to enjoy.
With Soldotna as your home base while visiting The Kenai, you’ll enjoy the best Alaska has to offer right at your doorstep. The list of activities you will enjoy during your trip is endless! Wildlife viewing, flightseeing, fly-out fishing and bear viewing, bird watching, horseback riding, canoe and hiking trips, winter recreation, shopping & gourmet dining await you, all within easy driving distance of all other Kenai Peninsula communities.
Contact us or stop by the Soldotna Visitor Center for information on the greater Soldotna, Alaska area. We have resources available to help you plan your one-of-a kind Alaska vacation. You can also view a variety of animal exhibits on display, including the world record King Salmon, caught by Les Anderson in 1985, take a stroll along our elevated river boardwalk, or try your luck fishing right from the river bank. The Visitor Center hosts Free Wi-Fi for your convenience. Call (907) 262-9814 if we can be of assistance year-round!