The Kasilof River is located 12 miles south of the Kenai River and the town of Soldotna. It originates from Tustamena Lake, the largest Lake on the Kenai Peninsula and flows 17 miles before emptying into Cook Inlet. The Kasilof is much more glacially turbid than the Kenai and is fished exclusively via drift boat. The section from Tustamena Lake to the Sterling Highway bride is know as the “Upper Kasilof” and partially flows through the very scenic Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. This section can be very productive for sockeye salmon as they migrate from salt water upriver to tributaries of Tustamena Lake. The lower Kasilof is the most heavily fished section of the river with two primary returns of king salmon. The first run is largely hatchery in origin with most of the fish returning to a tributary just above tide water named Crooked Creek.