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Russian River, Kenai

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The Kenai River called Kahtnu in the Dena'ina language, is a river in the Kenai Peninsula of south central Alaska. It runs 82mi westward from Kenai Lake in the Kenai Mountains, through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and Skilak Lake to its outlet into the Cook Inlet of the Pacific Ocean near Kenai and Soldotna, Alaska.GeographyThe Kenai River is a meltwater river that drains the central Kenai Peninsula region. Its source is the Kenai Lake. Near Cooper Landing, the lake narrows to form the river. About 12mi from the lake, the river passes through Kenai Canyon for about 2mi of fast-flowing whitewater rapids. The Russian River empties into the Kenai several miles west of Cooper Landing. 17.3mi from Kenai Lake, the river enters Skilak Lake. The Kenai Lake to Skilak section is commonly referred to as the "Upper River". The 19.5mi portion from Skilak Lake downstream to the Sterling Highway bridge near Soldotna is known as "Mid-River". The final 21mi from the bridge to the mouth at Cook Inlet is known as the "Lower River", where the flow is much gentler. The final 12mi are greatly influenced by changing tides.
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  • It is a 45-60 min hike over a very easy trail that is even considered handicapped accessible. If you time it right, you can see the salmon jumping up the nice beautiful falls and may be lucky enough t...  more »
  • I saw people personal and tour by kayak and fishing Mecca for water sports, really a lot. Parking is $ 12, and was also warden.
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  • This is a very easy short hike thru the woods to Russian River Falls. The falls are not very tall but the raging clear water is still very impressive. You finish the hike at a pair of wooden platforms...  more »