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Russian River, Kenai
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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 fish below the falls ; be prepared to stay several hours for the best chance to see one.
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  • 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 »
  • My husband and I recently visited Alaska.We had scheduled fishing trips 5 days but on our free day we chose to go experience the Russian river trail. It was a gorgeous walk..not difficult.We were the ...  more »