Anniversary Giveaway Drawing

Drawing will be held on January 1st, 2020.
Prize is good for the 2020 season.

Giveaway Entry Form

Package includes:

  • 5 Nights at beautiful Denise Lake Lodge, located just 3 miles from Soldotna, AK and the famous Kenai River.
  • 1 – Professionally guided Salmon fishing trip on the Kenai or Kasilof River (8 hours) all gear is provided
  • 1 – Halibut Long Range trip (10 hours)
  • 1 – Fly out fishing salmon fishing trip with sight seeing and possible bear viewing
  • 1 – Free Day to enjoy the beautiful Kenai Peninsula
  • 1 – 50 lb. box of fish processed for whatever you catch

Prize valued at: $2095.00
Bring a companion for: $1995.00 (plus tax)

Alaska Denise Lake Lodge Guest Photo Contest

Please submit photos to or via USPS at 37090 Denise Lake Dr. Soldotna, AK 99669

Drawing held at 5am January 1st, 2020.
Prize good for the 2020 season
1st Place $1000.00 gift certificate (good toward any package in 2020)
2nd Place $750.00 gift certificate (good toward any package in 2020)
3rd Place $500.00 gift certificate (good toward any package in 2020)

Fishing the World Famous Kenai River – Sockeye Red Salmon

(Part III of VI)

​In 2015, 1,709,053 Kenai River late-run reds entered the Kenai River, 470,697 reds entered the Kasilof River, and 96,449 reds entered the Russian River. Red salmon return to the Kenai River beginning in late May. These early run fish are bound for the Russian River drainage, but prior to arriving at the Russian River, the only area where these fish concentrate is at the confluence of the Moose and Kenai Rivers in early June. From mid-June to early July, red salmon can be harvested at the confluence of the Russian and Kenai River. Both of the areas are designated “fly-fishing-only” areas, which means that the terminal gear must be an unweighted fly and not specifically that a fly rod must be used.

The late run of red salmon enters the Kenai River in early July, peaking in late July, and is finished by early August. These fish are bound for numerous tributaries throughout the Kenai River System including the Russian River, as well as the mainstream Kenai River from the outlet of Skilak Lake to Kenai Lake. The entry pattern is gradual until approximately July 20th, when it peaks for about one week to ten days, after which the abundance of red salmon rapidly declines. The late run may be harvested at the Russian River from about July 20th through the close of season on August 20th.

To be continued……

​Contributed by:
Soldotna Chamber and Visitor Center
44790 Sterling Hwy
Soldotna, AK 99669
(907) 262-1337
(907) 262-9814

Fishing the World Famous Kenai River – Silver Coho Salmon

(Part II of VI)

As with the King Salmon (see Part I), there are also two runs of silver salmon that enter the Kenai River. The early run arrives in late July, but most anglers choose not to fish for the silvers until the close of the King season on July 31st. This run peaks in early to mid- August and is complete by early September. The late run follows in early September and closes November 1st. Many professional guides also offer silver salmon charters in addition to their normal Kind salmon packages.

​To be continued……

​Contributed by:
Soldotna Chamber and Visitor Center
44790 Sterling Hwy
Soldotna, AK 99669
(907) 262-1337
(907) 262-9814

See Related Fishing Packages
July / August
August / September / October

Fishing the World Famous Kenai River – King Chinook Salmon

​The largest recreational fishery in Alaska is supported by the Kenai River, a glacially turbid stream draining the central Kenai Peninsula (originating at the outlet of Kenai Lake in Cooper Landing). This popular river supports excellent runs of anadromous (sea-run) King, silver, sockeye and pink salmon, both resident (exclusively fresh water) and anadromous Dolly Varden char, in addition to resident rainbow trout. Lake trout are common in the Kenai and Skilak Lakes of the Kenai River System.

The very name “King” connotes a large fish, but not all King salmon caught are necessarily large. A combination of genetics, food availability and the life history of each fish determine the size of a salmon. But the Kenai River boasts more than its fair share of “King” salmon both in name and size; the world record (sport caught) King salmon was taken in 1985 from the Kenai River and weighed in at a whopping 97 pounds and 4 ounces

Two distinct runs represent the largest freshwater King salmon fishery in Alaska. The early run usually begins to enter the Kenai River around mid-May, reaching a peak in June and finishing by the end of the month. Fish from the late run enter the river in early July and provide excellent fishing until the end of the July.

Bring along an ample supply of patience and courtesy, because the Kenai River King salmon fishery is extremely popular and on occasion can become a bit crowded. Operate your boat in accordance with the “rules of the road” and extend to your fellow angler the same courtesies you would like to receive. Give boats with “fish on” the widest berth possible to avoid line tangles.

At its best, King salmon fishing is not a sport recommended for the impatient. On the average it requires approximately 31 hours of fishing before an angler boats a king. However, you can improve your chances by hiring a guide. On the Kenai River, guided anglers are about three times as efficient as non-guided anglers.

To be continued……

​Contributed by:
Soldotna Chamber and Visitor Center
44790 Sterling Hwy
Soldotna, AK 99669
(907) 262-1337
(907) 262-9814

See Related Fishing Packages
July /August

Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula Wildlife Viewing

Want to see Dall sheep? Tufted puffins? A brown bear fishing for salmon?

The Kenai Peninsula Wildlife Viewing Trail is a string of overlooks, trails, and other sites where you can look for your favorite Alaska wildlife. Whether you’re visiting Alaska for the first time or a lifelong resident, the Kenai Trail offers the inside scoop on the best places to go. Try it out for photography, birding, or a family outing. No matter what the season, with 65 sites to explore you’re bound to see something interesting!

The Kenai Trail grew out of a partnership with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Kenai Peninsula communities. Each town selected nearby sites that locals valued for watching wildlife. Every community has sites nearby, so take some time to explore what the Kenai has to offer. It’s a winning situation all around – visitors exploring the trail spend more time in communities, which in turn helps local businesses and reminds people of the value of the Kenai’s outstanding wildlife.

What time of year do owls start hooting? When are the caribou hanging around?​ Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula Wildlife Viewing Trail Guide offers a calendar of wildlife activity, in-depth information on what birds and animals you might find at each site, bear safety tips, habitat descriptions, and cultural tidbits. It also provides directions to the sites and what amenities are available.
You can purchase Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula Wildlife Viewing Trail Guide from various local stores and visitor centers. You can view the guide online at Free quick-reference site maps are also available at stores and visitor centers on the peninsula


2018 Guest Photo Review Drawing!

2018 Alaska Denise Lake Lodge guests who send Fishing Photos will be entered into a drawing to WIN A FREE FISHING & LODGING TRIP at ALASKA DENISE LAKE LODGE FOR 2019!!! Guest reviews will also be appreciated but are not required for entry into the drawing.

Drawing will be held December 20, 2018.

Please email photos to or mail thumb drives to the following physical address:

Alaska Denise Lake Lodge
37090 Denise Lake Drive
Soldotna, AK 99669


It’s that time of year once again! The 2018 Alaska fishing season was spectacular, but now it’s time to look to 2019.
And that means looking forward to the 30th year delivering the best in world-class fishing and lodging at Denise Lake Lodge!
We have enjoyed it so much that every year we look forward to sharing the excitement with one lucky winner.
That’s right – enter to win a free fishing and lodging vacation package at Denise Lake Lodge in celebration of our up-coming 30th anniversary!*

The Drawing will take place on Valentine’s Day – February 14, 2019 – and subsequently posted on our website at, as in addition to our social media. Good luck!

6 Nights Lodging, Alaska Hot Hearty Breakfast, 3 Fisherman’s Lunch Pails, Famous Friday Night Fish-Fry with Beverage & Dessert
3 Professionally Guided Fishing Trips – All Gear Provided
1 Salt Water Halibut Fishing Trip
1 Salmon Fishing Trip on the Kenai or Kasilor River (8 Hours Plus)
1 Fly-in Salmon Fishing & Sightseeing Trip with Possible Bear Viewing
1 – 50 lb. Box of Fish Processed for Whatever You Catch
Value: $2,095.00
Winner may bring a friend for $1,895.00

*Must be 18 years of age to participate.
**Winner must provide transportation to and from Alaska Denise Lake Lodge.
***Winner’s name and state will be posted on Alaska Denise Lake Lodge website and social media.

Kenai Watershed Forum

We are all connected by water. Maintaining peninsula waterways ensures the health and vitality of our communities, both now and in the future. The Kenai Watershed Forum (KWF) invites you to help protect our communities by protecting our waters.

Founded in 1997 by a group of concerned Aaskans, KWF has grown from a small collective focusing on the Kenai River Watershed to a board directed, regionally respected 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission includes working together for healthy watersheds across the Kenai Peninsula (16,000 square miles).

KWF focuses on finding solutions to watershed concerns through high quality research, education and restoration programs. KWF is a recognized leader among watershed organizations in Alaska and beyond. KWF invites the community to celebrate our watershed through annual community events like the Kenai River Festival, the Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival and summer camp, as well as learn about completed restoration projects (20+ miles of reconnected salmon habitat & 50+ culvert replacements for fish passage). KWF is proud to facilitate healthy watershed activities for the benefit of hundreds of wildlife species, 400,000 annual visitors and the 54,000 people that call the peninsula home.

Contributed by:
Soldotna Chamber and Visitor Center
44790 Sterling Hwy
Soldotna, AK 99669
(907) 262-1337
(907) 262-9814

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Alaska Salmon Foo Young

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Yields: about 6 patties

6 oz. cooked seasoned, boneless Alaska Salmon, broken into small chunks
6 eggs
2 teaspoons soy sauce, divided
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon wite pepper
2 Tablespons cornstarch, divided
6 oz. fresh bean sprouts, blanched & thoroughly drained
1/2 cup chopped green onions
2 Tablespoons grapeseed oil
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 cup oyster sauce, warmed, if desired (or 1 cup facorite foo yung sauce)

Beat eggs with 1 teaspoon soy sauce, honey, salt and white pepper until blended. Blend 1-1/2 tablespoons cornstarch with 1 tablespoon cool water in a small bowl; beat into egg mixture. Stir in bean sprouts, green onions and salmon.

Heat oils in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add a heaping of 1/2 cup egg mixture to pan. As egg spreads, fold it over bean sprouts to form a mound. Cook until egg is set, about 1 minute. Turn patty over; cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes, until fully cooked. Remove and keep warm. Repeat procedure, using additional oil, if needed. Serve with oyster sauce, if desired.