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1st visit with Travelers from South Africa

Easy walk to falls (2.3 mi) (time - noon to 4pm hike), Stroller and wheelchair accessible (mostly... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2018
David C
Doesn’t matter if you fish, go see this!

Where there are fish, there are bears. While we didn’t see any bears, we did see A LOT of salmon... read more

Reviewed August 22, 2018
Saint Louis, Missouri
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One of the most popular fishing streams in the Kenai Peninsula area.
Kenai, AK
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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
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
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
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
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
1  Thank swr0ng
Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

Caught lots..talk to locals ie Terry at Salmon Catcher Lodge..Kenai. He knows Great fishing on all Kenai peninsula. I rate his lodge 5 plus.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Howard C
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Heaven on earth! So beautiful! Of course it was a glorious day with perfect weather, no mosquitoes, helpful locals. One woman even rescued me from falling into the river while trying to cross. Despite the large number of anglers at the confluence, we found that...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank R6990TVmarym
Reviewed June 29, 2018 via mobile

The trail is a long walk. The area that the salmon jump was rather small and disappointing. No wildlife spotted along the way. Would be better to complete this trail on a mountain bike.

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank glenncarriebutler
Reviewed June 24, 2018

I’ve fished the Kenai self guided in the past, but hadn’t really tried the Russian River. We paid to park in the pink salmon lot and took the stairs down to the river. After an hour of exploring, I found a safe spot to wade...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Brian H
Reviewed June 18, 2018

Beautiful walk but easily done by ecven the most non athletic of us. Well worth it and especially if you go when the bears and fish are at the falls.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Dominique P
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
May 1, 2016|
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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