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

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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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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3 attraction reviews
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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
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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

The Russian River hike was our first excursion on our first full day on the ground in Alaska. It's an easy, beautiful hike with alot of activity and well maintained trails. We hiked the trail to the falls with a guide and personally, I don't think it requires a guide to enjoy the hike, but it was really great to... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

We went to the Russian River and hiked to the falls and the lake. It was a good hike that took us about four hours. You have to pay an entrance fee of $11 but the hike was beautiful. Take bug spray!!!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

The ferry is just to cross the river to get to the other side. The technology they are using to cross the river is amazing. very old, but works. very strong current in that river. We saw lot of people were fishing. we were watching the salmon jumping couple feet up. Awesome scenarios. We were walking couple miles on the... More

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