Alaska Boat Rental & Guide Service has some of the most accomplished fishing guides on the Kenai Peninsula. We’ve been fishing the Kenai River, Kasilof River, Russian River, and the entire Kenai River watershed for years. These are professional, courteous, sportsmen who are passionate about what they do and can’t wait to share it with you. At Alaska Boat Rental & Guide Service we don’t hire “one and done seasonal guides.” We hire guides that will be with us for many years and that exhibit a passion for outdoor sportsmanship, professional attitude, unwavering ethics, and well-rounded education.
Each one of them has been with us for years and we feel so fortunate that they’ll be with us for many years to come. Many are lifelong Alaskans whose families have been fishing these waters and living the Alaska life for generations. We’re extremely proud to have Nick’s son Creig joining us in 2021. While 2021 may have been his first year professionally guiding, Creig has been fishing the Kenai River with his dad since before he could walk.
Kenai & Kasilof River Fishing Guides - Meet Our Guide Staff
Captain Kevin Chavira - Head Guide
Kevin Chavira is Alaska Boat Rental & Guide Service’s head guide. Kevin has been professionally fishing the Kenai River since 2017 when he was a junior at the University of California Davis. After his first summer in Alaska fishing the Kenai, Kasilof, and salt waters of the Kenai Peninsula he knew Alaska was going to become a permanent part of his life.
Kevin has been fishing the Kenai Peninsula waters since he was a junior in college at U.C. Davis where he graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering.
Since 2017, Kevin has become one of the top fishing guides on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. Kevin is an expert on all 82 miles of the Kenai River fishing all 3 sections of the river. All summer he’s targeting incoming bright king salmon, sockeye salmon, and silver salmon entering the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. In the fall you can often find him targeting those elusive 30″ rainbows on the upper Kenai River.
In his off-time he can often be found fishing the salt waters of the Kenai Peninsula, fishing for halibut in Cook Inlet, digging clams across the inlet on the shores of Polly Creek, and backpacking the Chugach National Forrest.
Captain Hunter Nash
Hunter Nash was discovered in 2016 at the Kenai River Guide Academy where he was attending with his childhood friend Tyler Ashby. Born and raised in Central Virginia, he was taught outdoor sportsmanship by his Grandfather who was an avid outdoorsman. Hunter and Tyler have been exploring the Alaska outdoors since their first college summer break in 2013 and Hunter became a professional fishing guide in 2016.
Captain Hunter Nash has been hunting and fishing for over 20 years. He was born and raised in Central Virginia and spent a lot of time with his Grandfather growing up, who is an avid outdoorsman as well. Hunter and his friend since childhood, Tyler Ashby, started spending summers in Alaska on a summer break from college. They explored, lived, and adventured in several different regions of Alaska including Denali, Juneau, Homer, Soldotna, and even Cold Bay! Fast forward to 2022, this will be my 9th season in the land of the midnight sun!
Captain Jim Voss
Captain Jim Voss grew up in Kenai, Alaska, where his father worked as an oil exploration geologist in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Jim attended Kenai High School and after graduating high school attended college at Montana State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in electrical engineering. Later, he earned an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland.
Jim has worked for several large tech companies including Hewlett Packard, and Schneider-Electric and has lived and worked all over the world. In addition, he also has been awarded 13 patents in the fields of camera design, imaging, color science, and video technologies.
After many years in the high-tech world in a variety of leadership positions, Jim brought his family back to Alaska in 2015 and has been guiding professionally on the Kenai River and surrounding watershed since 2016.
Captain Nick Garrett
Like all of us, Nick Garrett loves Alaska and the Kenai River. An avid outdoorsman you can find him fishing and hunting throughout Alaska and is fortunate enough to have his boys following in his footsteps. His son Creig joined the Kenai Riverside Guide team in 2021.
Captain Creig Garrett
Creig joined the Guide Team in 2021. He’s been fishing our waters since he was a kid under the tutelage of his father Captain Nick Garrett who is also part of the team Kenai Riverside.
Creig recently moved to Austin, Texas where he’s pursuing a career in nursing. He’s always enjoyed helping people through acts of service. Out of high school, Creig originally went to college for firefighting and EMS and was a volunteer with Central Emergency Services based in Soldotna.
Creig’s entire childhood was spent living just two minutes from the Kenai River. He’s spent countless hours exploring the Kenai Peninsula, the Kenai River, and the Kasilof River, and has hunted and adventured all over Alaska with his dad, Captain Nick Garrett.