Riddles Fishing Lodge is a family-owned and operated lodge, with three generations operating it for over 35 years. The business was initially started by Steve Riddle in the early 1980s as a guiding business only under the name Fishhawk Charters. Steve eventually purchased the property where Riddle’s Fishing Lodge is located and opened the current business, offering guests a place to stay and fish. The location he chose couldn’t have been better with the proximity to fishing and wildlife viewing. We feel lucky to be stewards of this beautiful land and share it with visitors for decades more to come.

The Comforts of Home

After a long day of fishing or sightseeing, you’ll enjoy relaxing in our well-appointed and spacious units. Each modern cabin or lodge unit sleeps 4 to 6 with all the comforts of home (kitchen, bath, and TV). All units are located on our property on the world-famous Kenai River. There are two standalone cabin units, and two lodge units attached to our home and available to guests. The second lodge unit is newly remodeled and began being offered to guests during the 2023 season. The Eagle’s Nest is an above the garage apartment facing the river with two guest rooms, a bathroom, a small living area and a fully equipped kitchen overlooking the riverside deck and the Kenai River!

Our lodge is located directly on the banks of the Kenai River. We take pride in providing clean and comfortable Lodging; you will be surrounded by some of the most scenic wilderness Alaska offers while enjoying the convenience of modern amenities. All of our accommodations are private for each group; all accommodations have private baths and fully equipped Kitchens with everything you will need for preparing your meals, along with complimentary coffee, creamer, and basic seasonings.

Our cabins come complete with fully equipped kitchens for preparing your meals. For those nights you would not like to eat in we are a short 10 minute drive to the town of Kenai which has a large variety of restaurants to choose from or call ahead and most will deliver right to your cabin.

You will also have full use of our riverside, covered bar-b-cue area for nights when you want to cook up your day’s catch while enjoying the abundance of wildlife viewing.

All units are non-smoking but have outside decks with sitting areas for those who do smoke. While we don’t include daily maid service, if you need fresh linens or supplies at any time, please let us know.

Angler’s Retreat

This two-story stand-alone cabin has six single beds (one bedroom and loft area) and two full bathrooms. There are three twin XL beds in the upstairs bedroom and three in the upstairs loft area. There is also a washer and dryer in this unit.

Fisherman’s Quarters

This stand-alone cabin has four twin xl beds (one bedroom) and one bathroom. Two single beds are in the bedroom and two in the living room area. It’s our coziest cabin, but works great for families or four singles. Upon request and based on availability, the bedroom twins can be converted into a king bed. There is no washer and dryer in this unit.

The Eagles Nest

Located above the garage attached to the main lodge building, this newly remodeled unit is perfect for couples or four singles and has a stunning view of the Kenai River. Access is up a flight of 13 stairs on the exterior of the lodge building, so please note that when booking this unit. There is a single bathroom and two bedrooms with four single beds. Upon request and based on availability, the bedrooms can be converted into king beds. There is no washer and dryer in this unit.

The Hideaway

This unit is located in the daylight basement of the main lodge and has its own entrance through the shared garage space. There are four twin beds (two bedrooms) and one bathroom as well as a washer and dryer. Upon request and based on availability, the bedrooms can be converted into king beds.

Getting Here

Your trip to our lodge will start by renting a car when you land in Anchorage to make the beautiful scenic drive of 150 miles, approximately 3 hours. Or you could choose to catch a commuter flight from Anchorage to the Kenai airport through one of our local air flight services. This flight is about 20 minutes. You will want to ensure you have a rental car secured before landing in Kenai, as this is a small town and can be limited on inventory at certain times of the year. 


Once you arrive at the lodge, check-in is after 4 p.m.; it’s time to unpack and relax. You will be greeted in your unit with a complete Itinerary of all of your scheduled adventures; this is also provided in advance as well before your arrival date. You may check in first before going to one of our local grocery stores for your supplies or stop before you arrive so you can relax right away on our riverside deck. Either way, we are only 10 minutes from 4 to 5 grocery and liquor stores. Alaska liquor laws are fairly different from most other states so please note wine, beer and liquor must be purchased at a separate liquor store than the grocery store.

Gathering on the riverside deck

Riverside Deck

You will definitely want to spend some time by the river; all guests have full use of the riverside deck and the covered BBQ pavilion. This area is the most popular spot on the property. The riverside deck is the place where all your Kenai River fishing starts. We have a floating dock in the water where we keep our 21-foot Willie powerboats. The water can be very swift on the dock, so we ask clients not to venture down without one of our guides or staff members for their safety. 

Fish Processing

Once your day’s adventure winds down, please join us out front, where a warm crackling fire usually goes.  For those that have fish that need processing, we will take care of all those needs. It will be your time to watch how your fish is handled or grab a beverage and sit on the Riverside deck. Your host Kim ensures a fire every night for our guests to enjoy. The fire ring is a great spot to share stories and meet other guests at the Lodge. 


Typically, this is the time of day guests start to fire up the BBQ grill, with plenty of room for all guests to cook up their favorite foods or catch. Guests can help themselves to any available seasonings, as well as the utensils and paper plates, all provided at the grilling area. If you’re not grilling or cooking in your cabin, you might take a trip into town and eat at one of our local restaurants or have them deliver something directly to the lodge. 

Successful fishing

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing from the deck has included Bald Eagles almost hourly. Harbor Seals and an occasional Brown Bear across the river are always enjoyable treats. It is also common to see Moose and Caribou across the river as well with sightings right between the cabins, so make sure to keep your head up when walking around the lodge. 

Kenai River

The lodge is located at river mile 10 of the Kenai River, which means we are only 10 miles from the Cook Inlet water body where the river ends. This location places us in the heart of the tidal influence, where we can see up to a 12-foot change in water depth on certain high tides. With this amount of water in early spring, it is common to see a pod of curious Beluga whales chasing salmon, their favorite meal right in front of the Lodge. 

Sunset at Kenai River

Fishing Gear

Our lodge also has loaner fishing gear available for those that might want to chase the midnight sun and continue fishing at one of the local fishing spots nearby. We have fishing poles, hip Boots, Nets, Coolers for fish, and for your beverages and snacks, along with some of the needed terminal tackle to fish with, ask one of the Guides for help. 

“We can absolutely recommend Riddle’s Fishing Lodge to anyone looking for an Alaskan fishing adventure. We have enjoyed several seasons at Riddle’s and always had huge success and limits most every day out. We have even extended our trips because they were just so much fun. Tommy Belknap, who introduced us to Riddle’s when we met him fishing in Idaho, is not only a fantastic guide but has also become a great friend, as have Ross and Kim. Tommy knows where the fish will be like no one we have ever seen. I cannot exaggerate just how wonderful the environment at this lodge is. You are made to feel welcome as if they have known you for years. The accommodations are very comfortable and they go out of their way to make you feel at home. They will also help set you up with other side trips in the bay for Halibut or upriver for trout. If you have ever dreamed about an Alaska salmon trip, this is the place you want to be. We will be heading back to Riddle’s for years to come.”

Dave & Stefanie Whitman – Bakersfield, CA