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 SOUTHCENTRAL ALASKA - KENAI PENINSULA
  Exploring the Kenai Peninsula
 Cooper Landing
ALASKA’S PLAYGROUND
 Cooper Landing is located in the north-central part of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, about 100 miles from Anchorage on the Sterling Highway. Its central population is situated at the tributary of the Kenai Lake and the Kenai River. Once part of the Russian colonial possessions, it was named for a gold miner by the name of Joseph Cooper, who had discovered gold there in 1848.
In 1938 the first drivable road was constructed from Anchorage to Seward. It was only by 1951 that a road was built to Kenai and the residents of Cooper Landing could finally drive to Anchorage.
From the magnificent turquoise glacial waters to the rugged and beautiful wildlife, Cooper Landing offers any traveller bold and memorable adventures. Take in some world-class fishing spots, awe-inspiring hiking and camping destinations, first-rate lodges, and breathtaking vistas.
Kenai River meets Kenai Lake, Cooper Landing.
with the Soldotna River Festival, which includes a BBQ, crafts market, live music and 5 or
10K races. The Soldotna Progress Days festival in late July includes dutch oven and chain saw carving competitions along with live music and crafts.
Look for wildlife like moose, porcupine, and caribou down some of the following Soldotna roads (look for moving, horizontal lines and you just might see a creature or two): Funny River Road, Mackey Lake Road, Echo Lake Road, and Community College Drive.
Kenai, home of the world famous Kenai River
The largest community on the peninsula is the town of Kenai. Located just 155 miles from Anchorage on the Sterling Highway, it is known as a hotspot for sport fishing with the Kenai River salmon fishery bringing in thousands of visitors every year. The wetlands around the town provide a home for a wide variety
of fish and wildlife species, making this an ideal destination for nature lovers. Kenai also boasts a long and rich cultural history with the Dena’ina Athabascans tribe occupying a permanent village of more than 1,000 inhabitants long before Europeans arrived. Later on, Russians settled in the Kenai area around 1741, before selling Alaska to the USA in 1867.
Kenai is a great place to base yourself during your adventures on the peninsula. It’s centrally located and with a population of over 7,000, it’s a metropolis compared to many Alaskan communities. As such there’s plenty of grocery stores, restaurants, and numerous accommodation options.
Kenai Riverfront Resort
Soldotna, Alaska’s Kenai River City!
Just eleven miles to the southeast of Kenai, at the junction of the Sterling Highway and the spur road to Kenai National Park, is the town of Soldotna. Like many of the other communities along the peninsula, its known for it’s abundant fishing opportunities and engaging culture and history. Both the Soldotna Historical Society Museum and the town’s visitor center provide a fascinating look at how the community has come into its own, from the time of Native American settlement, to the homesteaders arriving in the 1940s, all the way up to the present day. Take a walk down the Kenai River Classic Fish Walk located just down the steps from the Soldotna Visitor Center; drop a fishing line, watch for local birds- sometimes, seal and river otters, or continue the walk as it loops back to the visitor center.
To see the town at its best, visit during one of its summer festivals. Every Wednesday from June through August, there’s live music, food trucks, and an arts in crafts fair in Soldotna Creek Park. In early June of each year, the community comes together to celebrate the riches that the river has provided them
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