The Unparalleled Charm of Cooper Landing, Alaska

Welcome to Cooper Landing, a charming mountain town nestled in the heart of the breathtaking Kenai Peninsula! With a tight-knit community of around 300 residents, this little slice of paradise is your ticket to the ultimate Alaskan adventure.

Hailed as more than just a pit-stop en route to more well-known Alaskan locations, Cooper Landing will captivate you with its enchanting allure. From chasing wild rainbow trout and salmon, to marveling at the serene mountain landscape, the town’s irresistible charm reels you in and holds you tight. Ask anyone here, and they’ll tell you their own magical story of how they fell in love with this place. Even those who didn’t grow up in Alaska, like myself, will agree that this place exceeds every dreamy expectation they’ve ever had about Alaska.


In Cooper Landing, every day is a thrilling adventure waiting to unfold. Picture this: world-class rainbow trout and salmon fishing on the Kenai and Russian Rivers, the majestic mountains as your backdrop, and plenty of hikes that offer jaw-dropping views. Don’t be surprised if you bump into our friendly local wildlife, including bears, eagles, and moose! Plus, with a variety of vacation rentals, hotels, and camping options, as well as friendly fishing guides and modern amenities, Cooper Landing has got you covered.

Even if fishing isn’t your thing, Cooper Landing has something for everyone. How about horseback riding with Alaska Horsemen Trail Adventures, mountain biking, or kayaking with Kenai Kayak Co.? Or maybe you’d prefer scenic rafting with Kenai Riverdog, or exploring the beauty of the Chugach National Forest or Kenai National Wildlife Refuge? And let’s not forget the fantastic hiking trails at Russian River Falls! There’s never a dull moment here.

After a day packed with adventure, unwind at one of our bustling local restaurants. From the Kingfisher Roadhouse to The Sunrise Inn, Gwin’s Lodge, The Princess Lodge, and Sackett’s Kenai Grill, each place promises a delicious meal, an impressive selection of wines and beers, and live music that will make your heart sing.

What truly makes Cooper Landing a vacationer’s paradise is the incredible variety of ways you can soak up the Alaskan experience here. Fancy a night under the stars in a tent? Or perhaps you’re dreaming of a luxurious 5-star resort? Maybe something cozy and in-between? Whatever your preference, the only constraint is how quickly accommodations get booked up in this popular spot. To avoid disappointment, remember that some vacation rentals are all snapped up by late January, so last-minute bookings can be a bit of a gamble.

When it comes to places to stay, the area is peppered with a number of campgrounds ready to welcome you. Quartz Creek, Crescent Creek, Cooper Creek, The Russian River, and Sportsman’s Landing (Russian River Ferry Crossing) are just a few places where you can set up camp.

If you’re yearning for a rustic experience that’s a notch above camping, an array of cabin rentals are at your disposal. Gwin’s Lodge, Alaska Troutfitters, Eagle Landing, Riverhaven, and Cooper Landing Fish Camp offer affordable and comfy cabin options that you’ll absolutely love.

But if you’re traveling with a larger group or family, vacation homes like Riverhaven, Alaska Troutfitters, The River House, and The Bear Den are spacious, perfectly located, and ready to make your Alaskan adventure unforgettable!

For your everyday needs, Wildman’s or the Cooper Landing Grocery Store have you covered. And for the anglers among you, rest assured you’re in one of the world’s best fishing spots, with world-class fishes waiting for your bait.

Ready to experience the thrill of fly fishing the Kenai & Russian Rivers? Try a variety of techniques like dry fly fishing and nymphing, or more adventurous methods like mousing and Czech nymphing. No matter your skill level, you’re sure to have a blast and maybe even catch a fish or two.

Do-it-yourself anglers will find several access points along the river, but be sure to pay attention to the changing regulations. A local guide can be invaluable in navigating the waters and ensuring a rewarding fishing experience, even during tougher conditions. Whether you’re a newbie or an advanced angler, hiring a guide will elevate your fishing experience and open up areas of the river that are otherwise inaccessible.

So pack your bags and get ready to experience the magic of Cooper Landing, Alaska – the adventure of a lifetime awaits you!