Kenai River Special Management Area

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KRSMA Management

Welcome to the Kenai River Special Management Area! The Kenai River is an angler’s paradise, boasting all five species of Pacific Salmon and large rainbow trout. It is Alaska’s largest sport fishery, world renowned for it’s record-size Chinook salmon. All in all, 36 different species of fish call the Kenai River home. Fish and anglers aren’t the only ones who benefit from the remarkable Kenai; bald eagles, caribou, trumpeter swans, moose and bears are just a few of the inhabitants that make the Kenai River a prime location for watchable wildlife.

The Kenai River Special Management Area (KRSMA) was established in 1984 in response to the increasing public use and strain on the river system's health. The KRSMA contains more than 105 miles of rivers and lakes and is adjacent to 16 publically managed parks that offer prime opportunities for boating, camping, wildlife viewing and, of course, fishing. Come visit the Kenai  and make your own adventure!


Kenai River Special Management Area
Headquarters and Ranger Station

35850 Lou Morgan Road
P.O. Box 1247
Soldotna, AK 99669

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