Alaska Kenai Adventure
Looking for an Alaska Kenai adventure vacation for the whole family that includes great fishing, whale watching, glaciers, bear viewing, kayaking, hiking and more? National Geographic rates this lodge as one of the top 100 adventure lodges in the world! Everyone in your group or family will find wonderful adventures that suit their taste at this lodge. Numerous adventure and fishing packages make this a fantastic destination.
Sitting on 25 acres of the original homestead site, this Kenai riverside lodge is at the very core of all they do. Overlooking the confluence of the Kenai and Moose rivers and an amazing view of the snow-capped Chugach Range, this lodge features a quarter mile of what is unquestionably the finest shore fishing on the Kenai River.
Family adventure activities abound! Enjoy an overnight at their famous bear camp where you live in the midst of brown bear habitat viewing their daily activities, hike various mountain trails, view glaciers, watch whales, kayak and more.
When we visited this amazingly diverse lodge, we were impressed with the variety of activities. Each day was a new an unique new adventure for us. The whale breaching that you see in the photo above was just off the bow of our boat! We spent the night at the lovely bear camp where we saw cubs playing in the streams, big brown bears walking through the water on the coast line. What an amazing sight to see, only to be followed by killer whales and glaciers in the same afternoon. We hiked to beautiful glaciers, caught big King Salmon, fished from the banks of the lodge and at the end of our adventure, we chose a float plane back to Anchorage where we explored the city. Our time at this lodge was a perfect combination of fishing and activities and it makes for a fantastic family adventure.
Accommodations & Meals
Riverside main lodge:
Located on the banks of the Kenai River, their amenities include private bath, in-room fireplace, mints on your pillow each evening, “coffee to your door” wake-up each morning. The rooms are comfortable with a fireplace in each room. Add to that the great happy hour and well prepared meals in the river and Mountain View dining room.
In the shadow of glaciered Mt. Illiamna, between snow peaked mountains, forest and the sea, lies “Bear Camp”. 12 guests at a time will share this special area, housed in comfortable, heated tent-cabins complete with beds with mattresses, propane light, writing desks. Your private cook will prepare healthy fresh meals along with wine and beverages. The attentive, knowledgeable staff will teach you the ins and outs of staying in bear country, while sharing with you the knowledge that can only be gleaned from actually living with these magnificent animals. This is one of Alaska’s most exclusive bear viewing destinations. THIS IS A MUST FOR ANY TRIP TO THIS LODGE!
Meals at the lodge:
Your hosts understand that your time off the water or trail is an important component of any vacation experience. At this lodge, they seek to provide a comfortable, accessible place away from the “Real world”. The chef and his staff serve up authentic and fresh American favorites that everyone can enjoy. Vegetarian and special dietary needs or kid’s items are handled daily, and all meals provide options to “go light” or stock up for the following days adventure! In the evening prior to happy hour be sure and check out Mike’s bacon wrapped Halibut chunks or his smoked salmon and Dill spread on thick rustic crackers.
Dinner is generally served plated tableside but also occasionally buffet style, depending upon the meal. The menu focuses on fresh fish (salmon and Halibut) with tasty sauces. The “all American” turkey and stuffing dinner is also one of the favorites year after year. Vegetarian and other specialty diets are also accommodated happily. Many meals offer variety of fruits and vegetables so that you may tweak your own personal diet yourself. Of course, this being a vacation, desert is also served after dinner!
Activities that can be included in your personal adventure itinerary:
- Flatwater canoeing
- Scenic and whitewater rafting
- Guided hiking
- Kenai Fjords cruising
- Horseback riding
- Remote bear viewing
- Glacier viewing
- Whale watching
- Mountain biking
- Mountain flightseeing
- River fishing
- Saltwater fishing
- Float plane adventures
- Fly in bear viewing camp is a favorite of many guests and can be included in your package as a day trip or overnight(s).
In addition to the great Kenai River fishing, the confluence of the Moose and Kenai also provides them access to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge…just over a mile upstream from the lodge this warm, meandering and shallow stream is home to a prodigious amount of wildlife- nesting Tundra Swans, giant Alaskan Moose and Brown Bear, Lynx, Otter, Beaver, Eagles, Osprey and much more call this area home. Each evening canoes and kayaks are on the beach for your use to explore them on your own… Also offered guided trips that range deeper into the area and return via shallow running custom riverboats.
Length of Stay / Itinerary
Day 1: You will arrive in Anchorage and overnight at a hotel of your choice (we have suggested hotels as well).
Day 2: The lodge will collect you at your hotel for the scenic road transfer to the lodge. About a 2 1/2 hour drive.
Day 2 – ?: Enjoy numerous activities!
Departure day: Transfer back to Anchorage via float plane or commercial flight which is not included in the package because many guests choose to continue touring in Alaska.
We offer numerous itinerary options that begin with 2 nights and go up to 10 nights depending on your interests.
Travel Details & Location
The lodge is located about 2 hours from Anchorage by road.
You will arrive in Anchorage and depart Anchorage.
Internet & Communications
Spotty cell service at the lodge. Wifi is available but slow.
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2020 Rates:Numerous packages are available for this trip! From $1,895 and up.
Call for details and pricing.
Trip Insurance & Cancellation Info
Trip insurance is highly recommended to protect your investment on this trip. We will assist you with trip insurance upon booking. See links at the bottom of this page for the two providers we suggest for our clients.
Family Expeditions, LLC confirmation and refund policy:
If your trip is more than 90 days out from date of departure, a 50% non-refundable deposit confirms your reservation and must be received within 10 days of booking to confirm your dates. All trips must be paid in full at least 90 days prior to the departure date. If your trip date is within 90 days, FULL payment for the trip is required. All payments to Family Expeditions are non-refundable. Should you need to reschedule or cancel your trip, we will do everything in our power to assist you in finding a suitable substitute or transferring your dates per the lodge/providers/government requirements. Trip insurance protects your investment!