How do I get to Alaska Kenai Magic Lodge?
Most often our Alaska adventurers fly to Anchorage, Alaska on any of the major US airlines and then rent a car and drive the two hours through the spectacular mountain and shoreline scenery on the way to our resort. Some of our visitors either cruise to Alaska from points south and then also see the real Alaska at our lodge. Alaska Kenai Magic Lodge is located in Sterling, Alaska on the edge of the Kenai National Moose Range. If it is possible take the time and enjoy this awesome drive which will become part of your whole Alaska adventure vacation.The Seward Highway takes you to the Sterling Highway toward Soldotna, Alaska. We are located south of Cooper Landing near the Russian River and 10 miles north of Soldotna, Alaska. Alaska Kenai Magic Lodge is located on the banks of the Kenai river at the confluence of the Moose River. Another option is to take a commuter flight from Anchorage to Kenai and pick up your car at the Kenai airport.The rentals at the Kenai airport are very limited some of the summer months so you will need to secure your car reservation early. We do highly recommend renting your car in Anchorage and taking the drive that way.
What is the weather like and what clothes and other items should be brought?
The temperatures from May through September usually ranges from the 50s —-70s.The amount of rain we receive varies a great deal so it is nice to be prepared.The mode of dress in Alaska is casual, especially when exploring, fishing, or sightseeing our Alaska..Layered dressing works best for most people, using the high-tech polypropylenes and gore ex materials. Jeans, flannels, wools, and cottons are options. Any clothing that serves as wind proofing and rain proofing for outer wear will always serve you well. Bring a camera with lots of film, you will never tire of photographing the awesome sights of Alaska. Hiking boots are a nice addition to your Alaska travel bag , if you hike (and we do not have snakes in Alaska) and any rubber non slip shoes work best on the fishing and tour boats.
What are your accommodations like?
All guests at Alaska Kenai Magic Lodge, whether you are full service adventurer or a budget vacationer, stay in our custom crafted log cabins. These cabins all have a fully equipped kitchen, a full bathroom and two to three bedrooms as well as a sitting area. Our full service clients have their meals served in our dining area in the main lodge. Full service guests may also have their meals served in their cabins upon request. Full service clients also have use of the lounge in the main lodge which has satellite television and their cabins are equipped with a Jacuzzi tub. All cabins can sleep at least 6 adults.
How do I make a reservation?
You may call the owner or manager of Alaska Kenai Magic Lodge toll free at 888-262-6644 at any time to make a reservation. Please note that Alaska time is 4 hours earlier than Eastern time so that 9AM in New York is 5AM in Alaska. Alaska Kenai Magic Lodge accepts all major credit cards. A deposit of 50% of the total of your Alaska vacation package is required upon making your reservation, with the balance due 30 days prior to arrival unless other arrangements are made. All deposits are non refundable unless the vacancy is filled by the canceling party. There are no partial refunds for early departures or late arrivals
Are the days really long?
The days are gloriously long with 16 to 22 hours of daylight.We have blackout shades on all our windows for all who require the dark for sleep. The long days and short nights make for a great Alaska vacation adventure.
What about restaurants and grocery stores?
Sterling, Soldotna, Kenai, Homer and Seward are fishing and adventure towns all located on the Kenai Peninsula. Soldotna and Kenai which are only a short drive from Alaska Kenai Magic Lodge have many grocery stores and restaurants which offer most of any items or foods you will need or desire.The choices are more limited in Seward and Homer.The prices, for the most part, are about the same as in the lower 48 states
Are All the adventure, wildlife viewing and sightseeing activities guided?
ALL of the adventure activities in all of our Alaska adventure and fishing vacation packages whether you choose the full service or budget vacations, are guided by experienced professionals and specifically chosen by the owner of Alaska Kenai Magic Lodge. All guides are licensed and bonded and insured and their equipment which includes but is not limited to river boats, rafts, kayaks, airplanes, and saltwater boats is thoroughly inspected and tested in Alaska conditions to provide our guests with not only a safe vacation but a comfortable one.
What about the fishing adventures?
Our Alaska fishing guides provide our clients with their expertise as guides as well as first class Alaska proven boats, rods, reels, tackle, and bait that all have been throughly tested to be the best for Alaskan fishing. If you wish to speak to one of our professional guides please ask and we can arrange for you to do so. Anglers who wish to bring their own gear to fish in the Kenai River At our lodge on any of the other streams on the Kenai Peninsula we suggest a 7 foot spinning rod with 20lb.test line or a bait casting rod with 20 lb.test line. Flyfishermen bring a weight or above fly rod with sinking tip or wts. as most fly fishing is best with sinking tip and wet flies. As for licenses for fishing in Alaska, a 1 day fishing license is $10; 3 day is $20; 7 day fishing license is $30 and a 14 day is $50. For those who fish for King salmon a harvest ticket is required. While Fishing In Alaska. Anglers 16 years old or younger are not required to have a license, but they must have a free harvest ticket
What kind of fishing boats do you have?
Our Alaska fishing guide river boats are 22 feet long and 7 feet wide. We fish a maximum of 4 persons in these boats. There are no toilet facilities on these boats; however there are many places along the river banks where the guides can stop to for rest periods. The King Salmon trips are 6 hours, longer trips are available but not recommended by our staff. We also offer drift boat fishing on the Kenai River as well as the Kasilof River. Our saltwater fishing vessels are 30 and 40 feet long with toilet facilities. They accommodate 6-10 persons and are the most requested size by our clients. Larger boats with larger capacities are available upon requests.
What kind of fish can I catch? How big are they? Can I bring my fish home?
King Salmon (Chinook) run from 20-85 lbs The world record King Salmon, which was caught in the Kenai River was over 97 pounds. In fact of the top 10 world record King salmon 9 were caught in the Kenai River. We also fish for Red Salmon (Sockeye) which run 5-15 lb. and Silver Salmon (Coho) which run from 6-20 lb. The King salmon bag limit is 5 two of which may come from the Kenai River for the season. The Red bag limit is usually 3 per day from the Kenai River and Kasilof River. The silver bag limit is usually 2 per day from the Kenai River and the Kasilof. The bag limits on our Fly out fishing trips are most often 3-6 per day. Halibut run from 20lbs. to 300 lb. We suggest release of halibut over 100lbs. unless you are participating in the Homer Halibut Derby and have a fish that can be a winner. Release helps with the preservation of halibut for years to come. All Fishing Regulations and Limits are regulated by the Alaska Fish and Game Department and may vary from year to year. To preserve your catch we suggest you have your fish vacuum packed by one of the many processors nearby and store them in one of our freezers at Alaska Kenai Magic Lodge. In the event you are returning home directly from the lodge we suggest you take your fish as luggage. It can be transported by sturdy leak proof coolers or special waxed lined fish boxes purchased at most nearby stores and fish processors.
What other Alaska adventures can I enjoy besides fishing?
Your sense of adventure can be satisfied with many other activities.White water rafting, River scenic rafting, Kayaking, Bear viewing , Canoeing, Golf, Clamming, Hiking, Flight seeing and Wildlife viewing. Often times the moose and caribou frequent our grounds. Kenai Fjords National Park, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Exit Glacier, Harding Icefield Lands End, Seward Sealife Center, Chugach National Forest, and Denali National Park (Mt. McKinley) are nearby for your Alaska vacation adventure.