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6 Bedroom House on the Kenai River in Soldotna

Bedrooms 6
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Lodge, 6 Bedrooms + Den, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 18-20)

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

Keywords: Fishing lodge,Kenai River,fish,salmon, Soldotna, Alaska,home,house, dock, deck, veiw,waterfront,Kenai,River,Cook Inlet, Halibut, Kasilof, Sterling, Funny River, reduced winter rates

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Reubin & Mindy Payne
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 7, 2018

About Reubin & Mindy Payne

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!

Reubin & Mindy Payne purchased this lodge in 2010

Why Reubin & Mindy Payne chose Soldotna

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.

What makes this lodge unique

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!


Soldotna Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Tank
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (4), Twin or Single Beds (8), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming


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(7 traveler reviews)

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6 Bedroom House on the Kenai River in Soldotna
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Perfect family getaway

  • 5 of 5

Large roomy house that easily housed 3 families. Gorgeous view of the river and close to town and great ice fishing. Completely furnished kitchen made cooking easy. We will definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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ny firemen

  • 5 of 5

This people r first class friendly knowledgeable honest and very patient abled guides. Dom f

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Will do this again!!

  • 5 of 5

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!!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outstanding Home, Service and Owners

  • 5 of 5

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 problem, they juggled schedules and took us out!! No doubt that this is the best-of-the-best....lodging, fishing guides and hospitality.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kenai AK

We loved our stay!!!

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2011
  • Stayed: September 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Athens, Georgia

You can't beat this lodge!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2011
  • Stayed: June 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 3.0%

$700 nightly rate is based on 6 person occupancy or less. Add $75 per person for each additional person over a group of 6. Please call us to inquire about seasonal rates before May 1st and after September 15th. 907-335-2551 Thank you

$700 per night base rate for group of 6 and smaller, $75 additional charge per person over a party of 6.
50% deposit check required to hold the reservation and payment in full is due 30 days in advance of scheduled arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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