Cooper Landing is nestled in the majestic Kenai Mountains beside the beautiful turquoise waters of Kenai Lake and the Upper Kenai River. Surrounded by the Chugach National Forest and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Cooper Landing is a favorite outdoor recreation destination for Alaskans.
The area’s unique convergence of scenic mountains, rivers, well-maintained hiking trails, spectacular sport fishing and plentiful wildlife provides travelers a diverse array of outdoor recreation opportunities. The town, originally called Coopers Landing, is named after Joseph Cooper who arrived in 1884 to search for gold on the Russian River and Cooper Creek. The Kachemak Riverine tribe established fish camps along the Kenai & Russian Rivers confluence area from 2000 BC to 1000 AD with the Dena’ina Athabascan Indians dominating from 1000 AD until over a century ago. The Kenai River itself served as the principal means of transportation until a road from Seward was built in 1938. Until then only the railroad connected Seward to Anchorage. It was not until 1950, that the Sterling and Seward highways connected the rest of the Kenai Peninsula to Anchorage.
Cooper Landing is home to some of the best sport fishing in the world with readily accessible road access to the Upper Kenai and Russian Rivers. These rivers provide anglers with some of Alaska’s finest yet affordable sport fishing opportunities. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife’s “Russian River Ferry” and the U.S. Forest Service’s Russian River Campground connect bank-fishing anglers with the Kenai & Russian Rivers Confluence, the most productive Sockeye (Red) Salmon sport fishery on Earth.
The area has a wide array of summer season businesses.
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Emergency only: 911, ambulance & volunteer fire department.
Internet access: Cooper Landing Community Library.
Cooper Landing Post Office at mile 48.7
Forest Service trails include Resurrection Pass Trail from Cooper Landing to near Hope, about 35 miles, fairly strenuous trail. Lower Russian Lake and the falls on Russian River, where you can watch the salmon jump during the salmon runs. An easy 3 mile trail. The trail to Crescent Lake is a climbing series of switchbacks and beautiful scenery, approximately 6 miles to the lake.
Cooper Landing Grocery. Groceries,
produce, newsstand, drugs, sundries, home-made sandwiches.
Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge
This true Alaska lodge overlooking the Kenai River is just two hours from Anchorage in the geographic heart of the Kenai Peninsula. Private hillside bungalow-style rooms with wood-stoves, seating areas, porches, telephones and televisions. Lodge amenities include a restaurant, lounge, espresso bar, expansive outdoor deck, and gift shop. Open mid-May through mid-September. Reservations are suggested, check the website for special rates and discount packages. Mile 47.7 Sterling Highway. Call 800-426-0500 for reservations and information or 907-595-1425 to reach the lodge directly.
Kenai Riverside Campground & RV Park, mile 49.7 Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing. 25 partial hookups plus camping on the Kenai River, clean bathrooms and showers, dump station, fish from the bank, fishing licenses sold on site. B&B rooms also available. There are discounts on fishing and raft trips with overnight stays. 888-KENAIRV (888-536-2478)
Kenai Princess RVPark.
29 sites with water, power and septic. General store, 24-hour, coin-operated shower and laundry facilities. Guests enjoy full privileges at the adjacent Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge. Open mid-May through mid-September. Call 907-595-1425 for reservations and information.
Cooper Creek mile 50.5
USFS campground. Water, tables, fire pits and toilets.
Things to Do in Cooper Landing
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Kenai River Trips. Since 1977. Don’t miss out on the Kenai Peninsula’s most spectacular day trips. Join a scenic natural history float (4 departures daily), a full-day Kenai Canyon rafting trip, or premium fishing for the Kenai’s world famous salmon and rainbow trout. Gear provided. Look for the blue sign at milepost 50.1. 1-800-478-4100
Kenai Riverside Fishing is your destination for Alaska’s best sportfishing and fly fishing experience! Alaska Wildland Adventures has been guiding fly fishing and sportfishing adventure on the Kenai River since 1977.
Two- to seven-day Alaska fishing packages for rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, and king, silver and sockeye salmon are available with our Kenai Riverside Fishing program at Kenai Riverside Lodge, our original log lodge and cabins surrounded by snow capped mountains and nestled along the banks of the upper Kenai River. Day trips are also available.
Alaska River Adventures. Fishing from
drift boats on Alaska's Upper Kenai & Kasilof Rivers and inflatable
rafts on wilderness river fishing trips. They guide guests staying
at the Cooper Landing's most prestigious lodges and independent
fishermen who want to fish on premium Alaskan rivers.
KBeq (Footprints) in 1984 Archaeologists
found prehistoric artifacts, Indian and Eskimo graves near Mile
55. Denaina Athabascans share their traditions & culture
through interpretive walks. Visitors can also learn about traditional
plant use. The interpretive site opened near Mile 53 in 1997.