I needed a day on a river before heading back to work so my 2 dogs and I floated the Upper Kenai last week from the bridge to Jim's. My kids were in school, my wife passed due to the threatening weather and fact the river was still closed to trout fishing, and everyone else had to work. I was on my own without a shuttle so I opted to use Wildman's shuttle service ($41.20 907-595-1456).
The wind was howling strong enough downstream at the bridge that I opted to run a strap from the boat to my truck while I inlated it. Just as I pushed off, 2 other guys put in and that was the last I saw of them. It was a strange feeling being on the Kenai all alone....not that it's a bad thing.
No big wildlife just lots of ducks. 3 1/2 hrs to Jim's where my truck was waiting. The shuttle is a bit pricey, but factoring in what it costs to bring a second vehicle from Anchorage it's not a big price difference.
The river was still a little on the low side but the Princess rapid was splashy enough to spook my puppy on her first float. She quickly recovered and I then had trouble keeping her in the boat and away from the ducks.