Kenai River Guide Academy

Kenai River Guide Academy

All Spring 2021 KRGA classes are full.  To be put on the waitlist, you may email [email protected] with your name, phone number and which month(s) you'd like to be placed on the waitlist.  If a spot opens up, we will contact you. 

Due to Covid-19, classes for Spring of 2021 will be offered online. There will be 3 classes to choose from.    Please email [email protected] for additional information. 

PLEASE READ:  For the classes taking place in 2021, due to travel and crowd size restrictions, classes will be offered online this year.   This is a one-time adjustment to ensure that potential guides are able to attend classes and fish the 2021 season.  These are not permanent changes.  Face to Face classes will resume in 2022. 

In order to guide in 2021, you must take the online portion of the class, and also take the written test (face to face, in Soldotna) prior to being licensed.   The online portion of the class and the written test must both be completed for the 2021 fishing season.

If you complete the online portion, but then choose not to take the written test, you will be required to take the entire class again.   You may not take the online portion of the test in 2021 and get licensed in a future year.  The online and written testing must be completed in the same year in order to pass the class. 



This course is required of all people that want to be guides on the Kenai River.  Upon successful completion of the class, you will be given a certificate that will be presented to Alaska State Parks for licensing. 

In January 2004, a group of organizations and agencies began working together to create a certification program for Kenai River fishing guides. The Alaska State Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation (DPOR), Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), Kenai River Professional Guides Association (KRPGA) and Kenai Peninsula College (KPC), a community campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage, collaborated in creating the Kenai River Guide Academy®.

In early 2005, the Kenai River Working Group (KRWG) incorporated the Kenai River Guide Academy® program into their recommendations to DPOR for new State Park Regulations. Draft regulations were written and a public hearing was held in Soldotna in January 2006 to listen to comments about this program as well as other changes to Title 11. After the public comment period the regulations moved on to Lieutenant Governor’s Office for signature. The proposed regulations were signed by Lt. Governor Loren Leman and became effective March 14, 2006.

The purpose of the Kenai River Guide Academy® is to educate and train all Kenai River fishing guides in the following areas:
• Regulatory
• Safety
• Guide ethics and behavior
• Habitat and conservation

Additional Information

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Kenai Peninsula College - Kenai River Campus
Lea 3/8 - 3/12 Mo Tu We Th Fr 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM $206.00 View
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Kenai Peninsula College - Kenai River Campus
Lea 4/26 - 4/30 Mo Tu We Th Fr 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM $206.00 View 1