Far enough from the big city but close enough to modern comforts, the Kenai Peninsula is the perfect place to experience the real Alaska. From stunning views to awesome adventure, you can have it all on the Kenai.
With views of the iconic Kenai River and surrounding mountains, The Cannery Lodge offers stunning views no matter what time of year you visit. Catch a sunset or enjoy the picturesque coastal bluff to top off your trip to the Last Frontier.
Converted from a historic cannery to an inclusive Alaska retreat, our facilities are equipped with everything you need to set up a home base for your adventures on the Kenai Peninsula.
The Cannery Lodge sits on the edge of the Kenai River which is often referred to as one of the greatest sportfishing rivers in the world. Anglers gather on the shores of the river to reel in king salmon, red (or sockeye) salmon, silver (or coho) salmon and pink salmon. Stroll from The Cannery Lodge to find the perfect spot to cast a line or bring a dipnet (if you’re a resident) and use our boat launch to set out and fill your coolers with fish!
Interested in fishing but don’t know how or where to start? Please contact us! All of our employees are longtime Kenai residents and we know the best fishing charters and outfitters to set you up with to ensure that you’ll bring home some big fish.
You can’t reel in this quintessential, deep-sea fish from our lodge on the river, but there are plenty of accessible locations nearby to set out for a day of halibut fishing. Fresh halibut is some of the best eating around and reeling one in is an adventure in itself! Whether you have your own boat (you can keep it in our boat storage when you’re not on the water) or you want to check out charter options, let us know! We want to help you reel in your own massive trophy fish for a memory to last a lifetime. While you might not be lucky enough to catch one of the massive 400- (or more) pounders, it’s more common to set a hook in halibut that are 20 pounds or more.
We’ll set you up with the best charters around and can even drive you to and from, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
From big game like moose and caribou to smaller species like duck and ptarmigan, there’s something for every hunter on the Kenai Peninsula. Stay close to home base at the lodge or work with an outfitter to fly to more remote hunting locations in the area. We’d love to work with you to plan your hunt; come talk to us about the best locations and guides. We can also connect you to resources for licenses, permits and regulations at the time of your stay. Plan your hunt while you plan your trip! The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has a ton of great resources online to get you started. Here are some of the species that you can hunt on the Kenai Peninsula at select times of the year:
• Dall sheep
• And more!
There are a number of hiking (and biking) trails in and around Kenai that are perfect for a day outdoors to take in the scenic views. Trails range from easy (a number of the local trails are wheelchair and stroller-accessible) to longer hauls like the Kenai-Soldotna Unity Trail (which can be accessed from The Cannery Lodge). Strap on your hiking boots and walk along the Kenai Spur Highway and Kalifornsky Beach Road to go all the way from Kenai to Soldotna. Or check out some of the shorter trails like the Daubenspeck Family Park Trail or the Kenai Lions Club Handicap Trail for nice strolls with inlet views.
Many people don’t realize that so many bird species live in and migrate to Alaska, but the Kenai Peninsula is a birder’s paradise. Plan a stay during the Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival in May to join fellow bird watchers and keep your eye to the sky no matter what time you visit! To set up for a whole day of bird watching, check out the Kenai River Viewing Platform or stay close to the lodge on Cannery Road. The Kenai Peninsula is home to 287 species of birds, so stay sharp and see how many you can identify. Some commonly spotted species include:
• Parasitic jaegers
• Hudsonian godwits
• Rock sandpipers
• Aleutian and Arctic terns
• Pacific loons
• Black-bellied plovers
• Bonaparte gulls
• Northern hawk owls
• Stellar jays
• Boreal chickadees
• Spruce grouse
• Bald eagles
• Mew gulls
• Siberian snow geese
The Kenai Peninsula has a number of accessible glaciers for you to visit during your stay. Plan a day trip to some of the Peninsula’s most notable glaciers. Our staff can provide you with the best viewing opportunities to travel independently or a guided trek to see one of Alaska’s most sought-after sights. Here are some of the Kenai Peninsula’s most popular glaciers:
• Exit Glacier
• Harding Icefield
• Holgate Glacier
• Aialik Glacier
• Northwestern Glacier
• Pedersen Glacier
• Bear Glacier
Take to the skies to see even more of the area. A flightseeing tour allows for all the mountain, river and volcano views from above. The options for flightseeing are as endless as the wilderness views and activities of Alaska. We can work with you to schedule a flightseeing tour and even help get you where you need to go to take off. Talk to us about options for bear-viewing flightseeing tours, volcano flightseeing tours and more!
Kenai is home to wildlife on both the land and in the water. There are plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities right from your room at The Cannery Lodge! We’ve spotted bears, moose and more roaming in the areas near our grounds, and the Kenai River sees its share of wildlife as well. Watch for salmon swimming upstream to spawn. Other wildlife you might see during you stay includes caribou, bald eagles and more!
The community of Kenai sits at the mouth of the Kenai River, meaning there is plenty of water to explore. Stay on the river or venture into Cook Inlet by boat, raft, kayak or canoe. The Cannery Lodge has its own boat ramp that you can use during your stay to take off on your adventure. Talk to us about how to get on the water during your stay. We can connect you with local outfitters who can take you out for a day of exploration.
We’re open all year long and even when the snow flies there is still plenty to do on the Kenai! Bring your fat tire bike to explore nearby trails or pack up your snowmachine for a real Peninsula adventure. Looking for something less extreme? Try your hand at cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on Kenai trails. Don’t worry about a thing, we can help store all your gear and point you to the best places to go for your winter activities.
The full-service Kenai Municipal Airport is a seven-mile drive away from your favorite Kenai lodging establishment. Two commuter airlines operate regular flights to Anchorage and beyond. Charter services also are available. The Regional Flight Service Station is open 24 hours a day, fuel can be purchased at all times and aircraft maintenance services are available by arrangement. Two runways and a floatplane basin accommodate a variety of aircraft. Inside the airport, a restaurant and bar are open seven days a week. Car rental services are onsite, and taxis wait to serve passengers at every commuter flight arrival. We can arrange transportation directly to the lodge or anywhere on the Kenai Peninsula.
Oil and gas exploration, development and refinery industries in the area include ConocoPhillips, Hillcorp, Marathon and Tesoro, along with several support industries — ASRC Energy, Peak Oilfield Services and Udelhoven, to name just a few. Staying at The Cannery Lodge puts you an easy drive away from the industrial hub of the Kenai Peninsula, but in luxury accommodations, you won’t find anywhere in Nikiski.
The Kenai Peninsula averages 19 inches of rain per year and 61 inches of snowfall, with an average of 135 sunny days per year. Weather in fall and spring tends to be damp, with summers mostly fair and winters frequently cold and snowy from November to March. The average high temperature is around 62 degrees in July, though summer temps can reach into the 70s and low 80s. The average low temperature in January is 4 degrees, and it’s not uncommon to have a week or two stretch of 20 below or colder. We have top of the line indoor and outdoor facilities to meet your lodging needs no matter the weather.
Cook Inlet is known for its dramatic tidal fluctuations; it has the largest tidal range in the United States and is ranked fourth in the world. Tidal fluctuations can exceed 30 feet, with tidal currents as fast as eight knots. Winter ice conditions are pervasive and challenging. From your window, you can see the beautiful tides coming in and out. The Cannery Lodge offers the best views for you on your trip to the Kenai Peninsula. By December, half the upper inlet north of the Forelands is usually covered in ice, with peak ice conditions occurring in mid-February or early March. Ice thickness varies between 1.5 and 6.5 feet and can reach as far south as Anchor Point.