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Gorgeous park and river, even for the non-fisherman. There are tons of trails to choose for hikers... read more

Reviewed July 8, 2019
Brooklyn, New York
Great riverbank adventure

We loved watching the action along the Russian River. You truly have to see it to believe it... read more

Reviewed June 19, 2019
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One of the most popular fishing streams in the Kenai Peninsula area.
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Reviewed August 7, 2019 via mobile

The trail to the falls is nice but not outstanding in any way. The fishing for salmon and trout is good but not great. The falls are very nice.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 64falcon260
Reviewed July 8, 2019

Gorgeous park and river, even for the non-fisherman. There are tons of trails to choose for hikers with opportunities to see wildlife and the annual salmon runs up close. Also a fisherman's haven.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 19, 2019 via mobile

We loved watching the action along the Russian River. You truly have to see it to believe it. Fishermen standing so close on the shore and everyone is reeling them in. Plus, it just fun to watch the Russian River Ferry go back and forth.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank IndySig
Reviewed June 7, 2019

I have lived in Alaska nearly 40 yrs and this by far is my favorite area, not only for the Fishing but for camping and seeing Eagles and walking the river with The Bears. I would recommend this place as just a hike and tour...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank AKCougar
Reviewed April 3, 2019 via mobile

Unreal river....unreal fishing....will definitely be going again! If you were wondering if you should take the time to fish it, the answer is yes. My father and I fished it unguided and caught a ton of sockeye, coho, and rainbow!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Matt F
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Easy walk to falls (2.3 mi) (time - noon to 4pm hike), Stroller and wheelchair accessible (mostly gravel, some dirt). Still some sockeyes in the river attempting to swim up the falls. Bear prints found on trail past falls to the fishing area but no...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank David C
Reviewed August 22, 2018 via mobile

Where there are fish, there are bears. While we didn’t see any bears, we did see A LOT of salmon trying to jump the rocks to swim upstream. Couldn’t believe how hard they work to get over those rocks! This is a beautiful 2 mile...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank hockeymom1827
Reviewed August 7, 2018

$5.50 using our National Park pass or $11 without pass. We saw the salmon, many people fishing, and then a black bear who managed to scatter those fishing and snatched salmon out of the river. The boardwalk is done well amidst the beautiful setting. Steep...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank jbwhitehouse
Reviewed August 6, 2018

It was worth a hike downstream and upstream. Downstream where we could spot a bear pretty up close (I guess we were lucky), upstream where we saw the Salmon rush. You can't get close to the flurry of Salmons though because they are on the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Riju K
Reviewed July 30, 2018

This is a beautiful walk to the Russian River Falls. I think we're the only ones who've been there and haven't seen bears, but it's always worth the hike, the natures, peace, and beauty.

Date of experience: August 2017
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March 31, 2017|
Response from Happiness239116 |
Milepost 52 of the Sterling Highway.
Debbie B
November 1, 2016|
Response from mhulkman | Reviewed this property |
Hi Debbie, I have not stayed at the campground myself. Are you tent camping or in an RV? Prices for most campgrounds are $15-20 a night for tents and $30-40 for rv's. Obviously youd be safer from bears n bugs in an rv as... More
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Response from mhulkman | Reviewed this property |
Here is a site with the majority of the hiking trails on the peninsula. Several of the multi day treks have rustic cabins along the way that you can reserve, many for free. Some include a free row boat as well when next to a... More