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Russian River

Kenai, AK
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Ranked #3 of 15 attractions in Kenai
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Fishing
Description: One of the most popular fishing streams in the Kenai Peninsula area.
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Kentucky
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89 reviews 89 reviews
12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The fish don't come in like they used to and the crowds are bigger than ever, but the settings of wild beauty makes this place worth a stop. Listen carefully because if the ferry operator blows the air horn there's a grizzly in the immediate area.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Fishing areas were easy to find, signs were pretty clear, parking areas were clearly defined. Disliked not catching what others were having success taking home!

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Exeter, New Hampshire
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12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

There were so many people fishing here! So it was a bit uncomfortable...but other than that , the fishing was great! Very beautiful place but has bears and mosquitoes.

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West Jefferson, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We arrived on a day that is was raining. the river was high so you could not see the Salmon. we did not catch any and did not see anyone catch any while we were there. Very informative rangers. there was a bear sighted while we were there.

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36 reviews 36 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This was a nice hike to the falls. The trail was clear and it was easy going. We were warned about bears, but we didn't see any. This was probably because we didn't see any salmon running either.

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Kenai, Alaska
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Combat fishing is not my cup of tea but the area is popular for fishing for red (sockeye) salmon if you don't mind the crowds. The two mile hike up to Russian River Falls is worth it. Be alert for Brown bears, especially when the salmon are running.

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Top Contributor
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20 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I have been fishing on the Russian for years, since I was a wee lad. I don't mind the combat fishing because there are lots of fish. One year I was getting my rig together and saw these two Korean guys fishing and not catching anything. So I started fishing in between them and as soon as I casted a... More

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Homer, Alaska
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15 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

First, it should be noted that the Russian River is nowhere near Kenai, Alaska. The closest town is Cooper Landing, Alaska. Second, lets talk about FISHING! This river is an amazing place for your combat fishing credentials. There are raised boardwalks on the north side of the river, accessed from the nearby campground and day use area. There are fees... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Most fishermen pack firearms, but give deference to the occasional marauding bear. There is a ferry to take you to the opposite side of the river, but you can park inexpensively and just walk the walkway to get a good look at the fishing frenzy.

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Puyallup, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Fished the Russian shortly after its opening and found some of the biggest reds I've had the pleasure of catching on this river. Camps were booked and only day parking was available. We drove to the Grayling lot and hiked down to the river. The trail system that was built a few years ago to protect the banks made it... More

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