44715 Sterling Hwy, Soldotna, Alaska, 99669, United States
More about Soldotna
At Kenai River flowing through Soldotna
Biggest Salmon ever caught in Alaska!
They got biggest Salmon in Soldotna! 97 pounds?!
Travel Tips for Soldotna
The town of Soldotna is quite pleasant. Although the main part of town on the Sterling Highway is very busy but the side streets are quiet and very homey. The city has installed wildlife flags from many of the light poles. There are many parks and Green areas that are away from the main drag through town.
Hot Showers and Laundry
If you're camping and are in need of showers there is a place on the Sterling Highway about 2 miles out of town past the Fred Meyer Shopping Center. It is a bit cheaper than the Wash N Dry in town. It is very clean. I didn't use it on this trip but I did use it 2 years ago. I think it was about $3 per shower.
Soldotna's Homestead Museum
There are different buildnings that include the main building , The Slikok Valley school that still has the original desks and oil lamps that students used back in the 30's and 40's. There is a Cook Inlet Dory that was built in the mid 1950's by a local boat builder and it tells how the local spruce trees are selected. As far as I could tell there isn't any charge to visit the museum and wander the grounds. If you have an interest in Alaskan History it's a neat place to spend an hour or so. There is a small hike to take as well. It's in a beautiful setting in the trees.
The Soldotna Visitor Information Center
You can find the Soldotna Visitor Information Center just after the bridge on the right. There is lot's of information for anything in the area that you might want to do. Such as Fishing, Sightseeing, Hiking, Hunting, Rafting, Flyout fishing trips etc.....
Right behind the visitor center there is a fishwalk with access to the Kenai River. You can watch fisherman land salmon right there or even try your own luck. The Visitor Center is open from 9 A.M. - 7 P.M. daily in the summer and the other months there is a shorter time but it's still open year round. You can contact the visitor center at :
Greater Soldotna Chamber of Commerce
44790 Sterling Highway
Soldotna, Alaska 99669
Phone - 907-262-1337
Fax - 907-262-3566
email - email@example.com
website - www.SoldotnaChamber.com
The photo isn't taken at the Visitor Center, it's taken at Hanson's Custom Carvings.
Dip Nets $150.00
This is no joke.....I saw several places selling dipnets for $150.00 each!! I think it's a crazy price and the $150.00 price might have been for out-of-towners. The Dipnetting is allowed for all Alaska Residents. Certain areas are opened after enough salmon have escaped to allow for enough fish for spawning to have great returns year after year.
There are size restrictions on the size of the net that is allowed. And I believe the maximum catch is 25 salmon per family member. The way they dipnet is to usually wear Chest Waders and wade out as far as you can without filling up your waders with water and hold the dipnet into the current and wait until you feel some action in your net then give the net a bit of a twist so the salmon can't escape and then walk backwards out of the water and dump the fish on the beach to a waiting family member then do the same process all over again. The family member would bonk the fish in the head to keep it from suffering and then either poke a gill plate to bleed it or fillet it right on the spot and put the fillets on ice in a cooler. We happened to go to the mouth of the Kenai River on the opening day of dipnetting and the beach was packed with locals filling up the coolers with fish. It sure looked like a great way for a family to have fun and fill up the freezer for winter all at the same time!! Most of them were not using these $150.00 nets. Many were just homemade and seemed to work just as well!!
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