Cooper Landing | Kenai Peninsula

Cooper Landing is nestled in the majestic Kenai Mountains beside the beautiful turquoise waters of Kenai Lake, the Upper Kenai and Russian Rivers.  Cooper Landing is surrounded by the Chugach National Forest and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The area’s convergence of scenic mountains, rivers, well-maintained hiking trails, spectacular sport fishing and plentiful wildlife make it a favorite outdoor recreation destination for Alaskans and anyone looking for an adventure. 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 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” at mile 55, crosses the Kenai River to allow bank-fishing anglers to access the Kenai & Russian Rivers Confluence, which is the most productive Sockeye (Red) Salmon sport fishery on earth.

Cooper Landing Visitor Info Cabin at mile 48.6

The Kenai – Alaska’s Playground: No other destination offers such an up close and personal Alaskan experience. With over 15,000 square miles of extraordinary adventure and excitement to choose from, even the rest of the state comes here when they need a reminder of why they moved to Alaska in the first place. That’s why it’s known as Alaska’s Playground.
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The area has seen human habitation as far back as 2000 BC when The Kachemak Riverine tribe established fish camps along the Rivers. The Dena’ina Athabaskan Indians arrived in the area about 1000 AD and dominated until just over a century ago.


Cooper Creek

mile 50.5 USFS campground. Water, tables, fire pits and toilets.


Chugach National Forest

The Chugach was formally designated as a National Forest in 1907. It was one of the first reserves to be withdrawn after …


K’Beq Interpretive Site

In 1984 Archaeologists discovered Indian and Eskimo graves along with prehistoric artifacts near Mile 55 of the Sterling Highway. Most recently the …


Resurrection Pass Trail

Resurrection Pass Trail System is an extensive 36 mile trail that connects Hope and Cooper Landing on the Sterling Highway. There are …


Crescent Creek and Carter Lake Trail

Crescent Creek and Carter Lake Trail is an 18 mile trail joining the Seward and Sterling Highways. It is great for a …

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