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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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  • Go to the falls, esp when sockeye are running. If you are adventurous, take the foot trail inland there and the fisherman's trail along the river back. The confluence of the Kenai River is also a grea...  more »
  • If you are an angler who loves to fish, you have to make time for fishing in the midnight sun st the Russian River! Nothing like it any where but here. An experience to remember!  more »
  • 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 »