|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Relax on the deck while watching the deep green glacial water flow by, or enjoy the fantastic fishing of the Kenai River. This property features a view of the water, a smokehouse for your freshly caught salmon, freezer space, and a fully fenced-in yard. Enjoy the luxury and convenience of your fishing guide pulling up to your dock in the morning to take you on an angling adventure! During the salmon runs you can catch 4 different species of salmon from the dock. The rainbow trout and dolly varden char fishing is fantastic from this huge, private fishing platform.
The deck at the river has a BBQ grill, a covered fish cleaning area, a sunken fire pit in the deck, and tables and chairs for a dozen of your best fishing buddies! Located 1/4 mile above the Soldotna Bridge allows visitors walking distance to shopping, fine dining, and entertainment.
The house itself has decorative stone tile floors, two fire places, two seperate living rooms, 6 large bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms and room for a large group or family to stretch out and enjoy the comforts of home. COMPETITIVE WINTER RATES
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Mindy grew up on the Kenai River chasing salmon and trout with her fishing guide father. She was running a powerboat before she could drive a car. She bought her first boat and began guiding in her early 20's. She soon became a very respected guide in this industry. She always has a smile and loves sharing this amazing river with others.
Reubin followed his love of fishing to Alaska. At 21 he graduated college, packed his bags and hitchhiked up the Alcan Highway. After guiding for a 4 star lodge on the Kenai Peninsula, he bought a truck and boat and went out on his own to make it or break it!
Mindy and Reubin met on the Kasilof River --12 miles south of Soldotna, became good friends, fishing buddies, and after many years, dated and married. We have three amazing sons Noah (4), Anthony (3) and Owen (1). We are blessed with such a happy lifestyle and profession that we truly enjoy!
The Owner purchased this lodge in 2010
We have been fishing on the Kenai for a long time and have always enjoyed picking up clients from our boats at this location. When this property came on the market, we never guessed that two hard working fishing guides would be able to afford such an investment. After fine tuning our business plan and taking advantage of all time low interest rates, we took the plunge! We have totally remodeled the interior of the lodge and plan to continue investing in our family’s future and our guests comfort.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of our property is the location. Having an incredible fishery like the Kenai River literally in your back yard allows your family and/or group to fish in a completely private atmosphere.
Another benefit is the ability to walk into Soldotna to visit the many attractions and eateries.
Having a huge deck with a sunken fire pit encourages guests to spend time together enjoying the great Alaskan outdoors!
This people r first class friendly knowledgeable honest and very patient abled guides. Dom f
Confirming what Stu said -
The house was great - well equipped - comfortable - plenty of room - clean
The owners are great - Mindy & Reubin are first rate guides - exceptionally helpful
and of course the fishing was terrific - & Alaska Widespread Fishing Adventures covers it all - took us on super river fishing - & arranged halibut & fly-in charters
All in all - super trip - great memories - Thanx Mindy & Reubin!!
We took a "guys" fishing trip and contacted Alaskan Widespread Fishing Adventures (Google it because VRBO won't let me post the link) which is owned by 2 great fishing guides that we had fished with a couple of years ago. Mindy & Reubin are incredible people, very customer oriented and went out of their way to make our entire trip a success...not to mention they are the best fishing guides on the Kenai. Although we only planned to fish with them 2 days, they made reservations for us with other outstanding fishing guides for the other days - 1 fly-in (fantastic) and 2 combo trips. The house was perfect for us; we used the grills every night to cook fish that we had caught, the kitchen was outfitted nicely, the rest of the house was very comfortable & welcoming and the deck / fire-pit / dock provided a great place to unwind at the end of each day. The location is 2 minutes from downtown Soldotna, very convenient to stores & fish processing. Last minute we decided that we wanted to fish for a 1/2 day on the morning of our departure day....no problem, they juggled schedules and took us out!! No doubt that this is the best-of-the-best....lodging, fishing guides and hospitality.
We spent a fantastic week at the lodge with our close friends and their kids! The fenced yard allowed the little children to have a safe play area and the hot tub and huge dock with fire pit, grill and fishing allowed the big kids fantastic fishing or just a quiet place to sit and listen to the river flow by! We even cooked and ate the fish right on the dock!!! The lodge was beautiful and super clean. We walked into Soldotna ( 1/4 mile) for our shopping and entertainment! The price for this 6 bedroom lodge was less than we paid in Anchorage for 2 hotel rooms!!! Thanks again for the great memories! Jan and Steve
My extended family and I were able to relax for 10 days at this beautiful lodge. Our numbers varied, but there was no problem accommodating 15 people easily. Everyone had a comfortable bed to sleep in and plenty of space to get away to. The view of the Kenai River was awesome. Evenings were spent in the hot tub on the deck or on the huge dock on the river where we were able to have a nice fire and roast marshmallows or cast our lines in the river in hopes of a bite! The lodge was nicely decorated and immaculately clean. The owners, Reubin and Mindy Payne made sure that our every need was met and every question answered. We also had the pleasure of fishing with the Payne’s. They are great guides! Several people in our party were able to catch king salmon and trout. The Payne’s also pointed us in the right direction for clamming and some members of our party were able to catch over 3 dozen clams in just a couple hours. The kitchen had everything we needed to feed a large group and the multiple grills allowed us to grill dinner for over 30 people one night.
The location of the lodge is perfect. It is just a short walk to the downtown area of Soldotna where you can find grocery stores, coffee shops, restaurants, fish processors, and even a local brewery. It seems like there is a local festival or event each weekend and we delighted in being able to participate with “the locals”. Even if you are not interested in fishing, you can find something fun to do to occupy your time. When we were not fishing, we took advantage of the beautiful nearby state park for hiking and travelled to Homer and Seward to sight see.
This lodge was a wonderful place for my family to gather together for the 10 days we were there. The Payne’s couldn’t have been better hosts and made sure our every need was met. Fishing with them was an added bonus. As someone else posted, their motto “Come as a client, leave as a friend” couldn’t be more accurate. I am certain that we will be back!
My husband and I participated in a family reunion at this lodge just after it was re-opened under the new ownership of Reubin and Mindy Payne. There were 15 of us staying at the house and we all had plenty of room. At dinnertime, we had as many as 35 eating at once, and while it was cozy, with the large tables and the great grills, in addition to the kitchen, we managed to serve everything from vegan, to fresh salmon (4 hours out of the river!), to steak, with style! The accommodations were terrific-- a lodge feeling but modern and well equipped. Reubin and Mindy have thought of everything. They make sure their guests are comfortable and happy. We also enjoyed salmon fishing with them twice during our stay and we will vouch for their professionalism and the professionalism of their crew. The Bald Eagle that perched in a tree very close to our deck as he enjoyed his own salmon catch was a bonus! We also enjoyed visiting the artistic town of Homer and viewing glaciers and beautiful mountains and inlets. Soldotna has everything you need from well stocked grocery stores to inviting coffee houses to a fabulous brew pub. Buy a glass or a growler. And what an incredibly beautiful and pleasurable ride it was to and from Anchorage! The motto "come as a client and leave as a friend" is far more than just words--it's true. Highly recommended. We're ready to go back!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Sep 15 - Apr 30
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes||$700 nightly rate is based on 6 person occupancy or less. Add $70 per person for each additional person. Please call us to inquire about seasonal rates before May 1st and after September 15th. 907-335-2551 Thank you|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.