Salamatof Boat Launch on pause for construction

Oct 23, 2020

Credit Fish & Wildlife Service

Construction to the Salamatof Boat Launch in Soldotna will start Monday.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will fortify the underwater cables that hold the concrete piers of the launch in place, in addition to building a better turnaround area, so users can launch their boats without having to back out.

They’re also going to improve the parking area, says Matt Conner, visitor services manager for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

“We picked this time of year on purpose because that launch is traditionally used mostly during sockeye season and the early season, and now the river’s high and a lot of the sockeye season has come to a close,” Conner said. “There’s little to no use typically this time of year. So we planned that so we wouldn’t have an impact on our visitors.”

The boat launch will be closed until the service announces the completion of the construction.