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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 frequently fish below the falls, and further down stream.
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  • Grab a pole or a camera and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!Walk from the Pink Salmon parking lot to the river then head up steam to the Russian River falls,sure plenty of Salmon spawning,bea...  more »
  • While we didn't enjoy our experience with Fishon charters, we did enjoy our short visit to the Russian River. It was beautiful and well worth the visit!  more »
  • Best known for bank fishing for Red Salmon. Most take the ferry across the river to fish with Russian River flies. When the fish are in, come and get your limit. Bears are often in the area so be aler...  more »

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