Located at the intersection of the Sterling
and Kenai Spur highways on the Kenai Peninsula and born when both roads
were completed in the 1940s, Soldotna is a hub for fisherman near and
far and why?: the Kenai River runs through it.
Each fishing season, draws
thousands of residents and visitors alike into Soldotna on a quest for
famous Kenai River salmon. In fact, the world’s largest king salmon was
caught from the waters of the Kenai River in 1985 and the 97.2-pound
trophy now hangs on the wall of the Soldotna Visitor Information Center.
Biologists believe genetics and the fact that Kenai River salmon often
spend an extra year at sea account for their gargantuan size. A trophy
salmon elsewhere in Alaska is a 50-pound fish, while here, anglers don't
get too excited until a king salmon tops 75 pounds.
All this makes Soldotna the most fish-crazy place in Alaska during the
summer and the fastest growing city on the Kenai Peninsula with a
population of just more than 4,000 residents. Soldotna is a full-service
community and well set up for the wave of anglers who flock here from
mid-May through September for the runs of red, silver and especially the
king salmon in the lower Kenai River.
Soldotna was incorporated in 1967. It has since become the retail,
governmental and medical hub of the Kenai Peninsula. The following
headquarters and state offices are located in Soldotna.
> Department of Highways
> Department of Public Safety
> Fish and Game Department
> Forest, Land and Water Management
Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna serves the Soldotna and Kenai
areas. Soldotna is also headquarters for the Kenai Peninsula Borough
School Distract. The University of Alaska-Kenai Peninsula College is
also located in Soldotna.
Welcome to Soldotna Alaska. Soldotna is a beautiful city located on Alaska's
Kenai Peninsula with a convenient location to all points of the Peninsula.
- Homer - 75 miles, 1 hr 45 min
- Anchor Point - 60 miles, 1 hr 22 min
- Ninilchik - 40 miles, 1 hr
- Clam Gulch - 22 miles, 34 min
- Sterling - 13 miles, 21 min
- Seward - 94 miles. 3 hrs
- Cooper Landing - 47 miles, 1 hr 9 min
- Anchorage - 148 mi,