Russian River Falls, Cooper Landing

The Russian River is a 13-mile-long river on the Kenai Peninsula in the U.S. state of Alaska. It flows northward from Upper Russian Lake in the Kenai Mountains through Lower Russian Lake, draining into the Kenai River at the town of Cooper Landing. The native Denaina people called this river Chunuk'tnu.
Like the Kenai, the Russian River is famous for its fishing, especially for salmon. There are two runs of sockeye salmon each year, in mid-June and mid-July, and a run of silver salmon in August.
There is no direct road access to the river. It can be accessed either by hiking in from several Parking lots in the Russian River Campground or by the Russian River ferry that crosses the Kenai and takes fishermen to the mouth of the Russian. There is a parking and ferry fee. The first parking lot in the Russian River Campground is the 2.3 mile walk to the Russian River Falls. This is a moderate relatively flat walk to great viewing platforms of the falls. Bears frequently fish below the falls, and further down stream.
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  • It's an easy uphill trail but easy for all fitness levels. We saw the salmon jumping the falls upstream to their spawning grounds and lots of fishermen down stream.  more »
  • Beautiful, amazing natural falls. If you're lucky you may see a bear eating salmon as they jump up the falls, which is a sight to behold. I highly recommend doing the 2 mile hike to see the falls, it is definitely worth it. The path for the hike is a good gravel path, so even those who are not prime walkers can make the hike fairly easily.
  • Great, easy winter hike

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