Why Cooper Landing?
Cooper Landing, located aproximately 90 minutes south of Anchorge along the stunning Turnagain Arm, is centrally located on the Kenai Peninsula -- mid-way to other cool Alaskan destinations like Seward, Kenai, Soldotna, and Homer.
The glacial blue waters of both the Kenai River and the Russian Rivers run through Coooper Landing at the north end of Kenai Lake, and although it has only 357 residents, in the summer it swells with anglers enjoying the famed Kenai River salmon fishery.
Cooper Landing is in a truly picturesque setting beneath towering mountains and the community is best known for sport fishing.
Outfitters and guides take clients to pursue sockeye and coho salmon, Dolly Varden and rainbow trout in the upper Kenai River or sockeye salmon and trout in the nearby Russian River. Fishing fever runs high at the Russian River U.S. Forest Service Campground during the summer and anglers stand shoulder to shoulder, casting from the banks in what is commonly referred to as “Alaskan combat fishing.”
Cooper Landing is also a popular starting point for raft trips down the Kenai River with a number of outfitters offering raft trips ranging from gentle floats to thrilling Class III whitewater in the Kenai Canyon. After a day on the water, anglers and rafters alike can return to Cooper Landing, which features a wide range of lodging, restaurants, and other visitor services.