directions_boat Kenai & Kasilof River Guide Service Professional Fishing Guide service for over 38 years!

Trip Conformation & Information

Contact Information: Dean Schlehofer, Megan Hickman at Reservations, or call 907-279-3474. The parking lot is free for daytime parking only for King of the River on the days of scheduled fishing trips.

Fishing Licenses: Fees are subject to change. The law requires you to have a valid fishing license with you for all fishing. King Salmon fishing requires a tag along with a fishing license. Silver, Red, and Pink Salmon, Dolly Varden, Rainbow Trout, or other kinds of fish do not require a tag.

Purchase your fishing license online today! Click Here

License Rates for NON-RESIDENT:

Fishing License: King Salmon Tag:
1 – Day $15.00 1 – Day $15.00
3 – Day $30.00 3 – Day $30.00
7 – Day $45.00 7 – Day $45.00
14 – Day $75.00 14 – Day $75.00
Annual License $100.00 Annual License $100.00

License Rates for RESIDENT:

King Salmon Tag $10.00
Annual License $20.00

Important License Info: If you are 60 and an Alaskan resident, you are not required to buy either a King Salmon tag or a fishing license. You are required to have a HARVEST LICENSE, which is free. Nonresidents are required to buy a license and a tag. Residents and nonresidents under 16 do not require a fishing license but must have a HARVEST license which is free. Fishing licenses may be purchased at sports stores or retail businesses.

Map to King of the River: Please Click here to Use Yahoo Maps! USGS Map direction down to the very road from Anchorage to Soldotna. Very easy to use and printable road maps.

Direction to Kenai River State Park Dock: Please navigate to “Our Location” page for clear directions to our cabin.

Important note: The guide will keep the roe (salmon eggs) for the bait.

Kasilof River King/Silver Salmon: Drift boat

Middle of May to September is open seven days a week except for July which it closed on Sundays.

  • Between 4 am to 2 pm depending on tides. Please call to confirm the time prior your department
  • Half Day: 5 hours a trip
  • Full Day: 8 hours a trip
  • State Park for parking lot fee: $5.00 per vehicle.
  • Bring your own Rain Gear

Please use a direction of Kasilof Map to meet at the site

Kenai River King Salmon:

  • May and June are open 5 days per week from Tuesday to Saturday.
  • July is open 5 days per week from Tuesday to Saturday (7 days per week for red salmon).
  • Emergency openings may occur on Mondays.

Two runs (King salmon):

  • 1st run in Mid-May and late June. 2nd run in early July and early August
  • A.M. trip: 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (5 hours)
  • P.M. trip: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (5 hours)
  • Full day: 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (9 hours)

Note: Clients must meet at the cabin >>30 minutes<< before departure time
Dept. of Fish and Game may extend dates into August. Prices and times will remain the same as July for King Salmon.

Lunch will not be provided as part of any fishing packages. Clients for full day and half-day trips must bring their own lunch.

Kenai River Silver Salmon:
Open 6 days a week from August 1 until September 30. Closed on Monday except red salmon fishing.

  • A.M. trip: 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (5 to 6 hours)
  • P.M. trip: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (5 to 6 hours)
  • Full day: 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (8-9 hours)

Note: Lunch is on you. Bring your own packed lunch or snacks and beverages.

Children under 12 are free (for the ride only when space is available) .
No fishing under 12 unless payment is received. Children under 13 required to wear life jackets on the boat, which we provide.

Fishing by proxy:
King of the River will charge 50% extra per client who carried a proxy.

What is proxy fishing?
A.) Alaska’s proxy laws allow residents to harvest fish and shellfish for other residents who are one of three things:

  1. 65 years of age or older;
  2. blind; or
  3. 70% or greater physically disabled.

These are the only three conditions for which proxy fishing is allowed. If none of these conditions apply, then proxy fishing is not allowed. The intent of the proxy fishing program is to provide food for Alaska residents who are unable to harvest fish for themselves due to one of the above three conditions. The person doing the fishing is called the “proxy.” The person receiving the fish is called the “beneficiary.”

Proxy fishing is allowed in Alaska’s sport, personal use, and subsistence fisheries under very similar rules. For more information about Proxy, please check

Charter Check In:
Please call King of the River at 907-279-3474 or 1-800-478-9901 the day (24 to 48 hours) before your fishing charter for information for the next morning, afternoon or full day departure. Please meet at the fishing site (Kenai River: Half Day: 2 trips per day or Full Day: 1 trip per day) at 5:30 a.m. (half day or full day) or 12:30 p.m. (half day only) sharp! Departing early provides the best results for fishing. Page me or leave a voice message that you are meeting us at the fishing site the next day. For Kasilof River: it is between 5 am to 2 pm depending on tides. Please call to confirm the time prior your department. Kasilof River offers only one trip per day.

Recommended Clothing and Items: Click here for detailed information
Snacks, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, camera and film (must have), or camcorder, warm gear: Pants-Levi or cotton type, Chamois or heavy shirt, long underwear (August), warm socks, warm coats, hat or lucky cap, gloves, rain gear and boots. We will provides rain gear and gloves on King of the River boat only. Rain gear or gloves will not be provided on referral boats.

Credit Card Information:
Credit card numbers are taken at confirmation the time that reservations are made. A deposit of 50% is required for credit cardholders to confirm your reservation. Actually payment is due and payable in FULL 2 weeks (14 days) before your confirmed fishing trip. At that time, you may pay using a credit card, (Visa/MC, AMEX, and Discover), cash or money order, or an Alaskan personal check.

Personal checks: A deposit of 50% is required for noncredit cardholders to confirm your reservation. Personal checks must have cleared before date of fishing trip. We allow 14 days to receive out of state checks. If we don’t receive the check in 14 days, we will cancel the reservation. You have the option of paying by cash, credit card, or money order on the date you fish.

We will charge the card two weeks before the date you fish
(please notify us if you want to use different card)

Address Your checks: May – Sept
King of the River
Kenai, Alaska 99611
Winter Address Your checks: Oct-April
King of the River
PO Box 201565
Anchorage, Alaska 99520

Cancellation Information:

Our seats are limited and have a short season, so a cancellation impacts us significantly. Therefore we have a strict cancellation policy: a refund will be issued ONLY if the cancelled trip can be filled with another EQUAL booking. There are no exceptions. We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance.

Travel Insurance:

We believe that your upcoming trip a significant investment and therefore highly recommend travel insurance. This policy will cover your investment in the event unforeseen circumstances or medical problems cause you to cancel your trip. We also know that you will need to make sure you have the proper Medical and Emergency Medical Transportation coverage in the event of an accident or illness, or for any existing medical conditions. We recommend AIG Travel Guard’s Comprehensive Travel Insurance or their Sportsman’s Travel Insurance. If you choose to decline this valuable protection, you are assuming any financial loss associated with your travel arrangements. Visit or within 15 days of your initial deposit date to purchase a policy. Or call them at 1-800-826-4919.

  • A refund will be issued ONLY if the cancelled trip can be filled with another EQUAL booking.
  • If you cancel 60 days or more before the trip, you will not be charged for the trip.
  • If you cancel 60 days or less before the trip, you will be charged 50% of the reservation.
  • If you cancel 30 days before the trip, or are a no show, you will be charged the full price of the reservation.

All last minute reservations (your confirmed fishing trip between 2 and 5 days before your fishing date) or no shows will be charged 50% of the fare if not canceled within 24 hours of the original reservation.

Exceptions: Death in family.

Gratuities: We provide a bait person/deckhand. Tips would be appreciated by the crew. Gratuities show your appreciation for the services you receive while fishing with King of the River and are an important part of the guides overall compensation program. Because they are personal and subjective matters, guests choose to tip in many ways. Some general guidelines are as follows:

Guides: 20% (percent) per trip per person
Deck-hands: 10% (percent) per trip per person

General Provisions:
Alaska frontier outdoor activities are adventures that involve many elements not necessarily under our control. All bookings are accepted with the specific condition that in most cases “King of the River” acts only as booking agent for companies and individuals providing transportation, accommodations and other services. We assume no liability for acts of omission or negligence by these companies and are not to be held responsible for accidents, fire, theft, acts of God or other forces of nature, loss of equipment or any other act beyond our control. King of the River, its affiliates, managers, owners, employees, servants, agents or predecessors in interest shall not be liable to any guest or any third parties for damages, losses, costs, or expenses incurred as result of accident, misuse or use of King of the River’s equipment, products, and/or services. The guest expressly assumes the risks of any fishing adventures. The guest shall defend, indemnify and hold King of the River, harmless from any loss, damage, claim or liability concerning, arising from, or alleged to have arisen from, any loss, damage, claim, liability, cost or expense concerning, arising from, or alleged to have arisen from, any equipment, products and/or services of King of the River, except for gross negligence.

“King of the River”, reserves the right to cancel or alter any package or itinerary as existing conditions may require. All rates quoted are based on current rates at the time of this printing and subject to change without notice.

Join us for the 2024 Salmon Fishing Season!

In 2023 our clients landed over 2,500 salmon

We provide premium river fishing guide services that are designed with your fishing experience in mind! Our boats are eco-friendly and roomy for an enjoyable Kenai, Alaska fishing adventure! Come join us for World-Class fishing on the Kenai & Kasilof Rivers. Depending on the season anglers can fish for Kenai king salmon, silver salmon, or sockeye salmon. We also have multi-day fishing trips available if you wish to go halibut fishing. Our Kenai fishing guide service specializes in creating incredible vacation experiences in one of Earth’s last wild frontiers. In 2023 our clients landed over 2,500 salmon on both the Kasilof River and Kenai River!