Russian River

Russian River, Kenai: Address, Russian River Reviews: 4.5/5

Russian River
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One of the most popular fishing streams in the Kenai Peninsula area.
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Tom C
South Jordan, UT280 contributions
Friends
We were between salmon runs so the fishing was spotty at best. But we still saw bald eagles and bears up close and personal. My first experience combat fishing.
Written October 13, 2021
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Jimmy and Tammy
Dallas, TX91 contributions
You'll love it! You'll see it from the road...but I highly recommend you stop and check out the water. Blue, blue, blue. Clean, clear glacier water. You may even see salmon jumping. Be careful. There are moose and bears. There are a few turn off spots to get down to the river. This is a must see while in Alaska.
Written May 23, 2021
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Pauline T
20 contributions
Couples
If you are looking for some beautiful true Alaska hiking and bear viewing then this area is a must! Lots of trails and fly fishing opportunities.
Written September 4, 2020
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Trout seeker
Oklahoma28 contributions
The Russian River is a gorgeous place to visit. The walk is a very pleasant 3/4 mile walk from the Salmon lot down to the confluence of the Kenai / Russian Rivers. I suggest taking binoculars so you can spot the Mountain goats on the high range just to the west of the Kenai River. The state charges a hefty $12 just to park for a couple of hours. If you do the Russian River Ferry that too is a hefty $12 to park and yet another $12 to ride the ferry. BIG caution though, the restrooms are by far the worst I have entered for any local, state, or federal park. I do mean awful!! Okay back to the Kenai and Russian Rivers, the fishing is fairly good. It has been quite a story to be fishing and then the grizzlies pop out of the brush and are very close. They appeared to not want to harm you but that should never be a reason to not be very cautious. They are king (and queen) in the wild. If you fish, you will like this place. If you like to site see, you will like this place. Keep in mind that the stairs leading down to the main boardwalk are steep and many.
The long walk over to the Russian Falls is nice and very doable for the flatfooted. The falls are nice where you can see lots of salmon. The bears were not there on the hours I visited but know that they are there.
Written August 22, 2020
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Donna
Columbus, OH15 contributions
So we wanted to see some grizzlies. We visited the Russian River Campground and went to the Pink Salmon lot. It was a very easy walk down to the river.

We had to wait a while, but soon enough the bears started coming out. We even saw a sow with 3 cubs. Lots of fisherman in the river even with the covid. Just watch their reaction to help spot the bears.

Then we went to see the Falls. The hike itself isn't anything special. But its a good place to see the salmon jumping! We were just about to leave when a grizzly came out of the woods and started moving around.

I'd suggest this as a cloudy day activitiy.
Written August 16, 2020
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Bill manning
3 contributions
The hike up to Russian falls was incredible, we saw all the salmon in the streams and pools, we saw the bears catching the salmon and teaching there cubs to fish
Written August 12, 2020
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64falcon260
San Francisco, CA138 contributions
Family
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.
Written August 8, 2019
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Doug
Brooklyn, NY41 contributions
Friends
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.
Written July 8, 2019
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IndySig
Indianapolis, IN3,717 contributions
Couples
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.
Written June 19, 2019
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AKCougar
Anchorage, Alaska10 contributions
Solo
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 walk if nothing else but am sure it will bring out the Awe as well
Written June 7, 2019
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