About 100 miles south of Anchorage and at the heart of the Kenai Peninsula is the small hamlet of Cooper Landing. With a full-time population of about 300 locals, this little dot along the Sterling Highway has something amazing to offer everyone. Set between beautiful mountains and Kenai Lake, the area is home to world-class freshwater and saltwater fishing, guided tours of glaciers, guided and self-guided hiking, wildlife viewing, and whale watching.
Even for a small town, you find fine dining, a range of lodging options, and a long list of activities, all of which make Cooper Landing a great destination. Perhaps one of the best features of Cooper Landing is its location. It is very centrally located on the Kenai Peninsula, giving visitors easy access to historic and popular destinations, such as Seward, Homer, Anchor Point, Whittier, Kasilof, Sterling, Anchor Point, and Soldotna - to name a few.
Why Visit Cooper Landing, Alaska?
The primary reason to visit Cooper Landing is all the benefits that come from it's central location within the Kenai Peninsula. Good lodging and dining options are in good quantity here along with a wealth of outdoor activities, which of course including incredible Alaskan fishing make Cooper Landing a place you should consider staying while exploring the Kenai Peninsula. Cooper Landing also offers diversity in lodging options - ranging from campgrounds & cabins to full-service lodges. For those of you who love it a little more rugged, Quartz Creek Campground and the Cooper Creek South Campground both offer an easy option for tent camping and RV camping. Plus, finding food is easy as the local area has a few restaurants with a variety of options and you can find groceries in Sterling, AK which is just about ten miles outside of Cooper Landing.
Of course, you're not staying here for lodging & dining alone. The most popular activities in the Cooper Landing area include fishing, kayaking, wildlife viewing, glacier tours, guided backpacking, horseback riding tours, mountain biking, and hiking. Many of these options are perfect for people of all ages, and most are family friendly. Cooper Landing is home to the Kenai Wildlife Refuge and the Chugach National Forest. There is also Kenai Lake, which is excellent for exploring the local area, and a day hike to the Russian River Falls lets you experience the Alaska wilderness.
Fishing Cooper Landing, Alaska
Cooper Landing offers excellent Alaska fishing for King Salmon, Silver Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Pink Salmon, Trophy Rainbow Trout & Dolly Varden. You do have the option to fly-out to mountain lakes for Arctic Grayling as well…but the primary places to fish near Cooper Landing are the Kenai River & Russian River. If you are looking for Alaska trout fishing on a 'smaller river' the Russian River offers some of the best trout fishing on the Kenai Peninsula. If you're looking for Trophy Rainbow Trout & Trophy Kings however your best choice is the world-famous Kenai River. On the Kenai River fishing out of a drift boat with a guide is your best option while the Russian River would be the better option if you're looking to wade. If you do choose to wade remember felt-soled wading boots are illegal in Alaska. The Russian River boasts clear waters with large boulders and can be very slippery so if you do choose to wade the Russian River cleats are recommended. The parking lots at the Russian River Campground are one of the most popular access points – be sure to stick to the marked paths. Also be sure be aware of up to date fishing regulations that can change daily in this area through emergency orders.
Also keep in mind that a quality Alaska fishing guide can give you access to waters that are impossible to reach by foot so the best option is to fish with a guide…the majority of the fishing guides take anglers of all experience levels. However, if you are an adventurous and experienced angler ther are plenty of opportunities here for DIY fishing trips as well.
As you can see with so many activities to choose from, excellent lodging options, world class fishing and a central location Cooper Landing is a the perfect 'home base' for your Kenai Peninsula adventure!
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