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Review of Russian River

Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Kenai
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Owner description: One of the most popular fishing streams in the Kenai Peninsula area.
Reviewed June 25, 2013

It was fun but tons of people and very crowded. The water is a cool color almost light blue. Also watch out for the bears they love this area.

1  Thank chasroberts
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

The Russian River salmon fishing experience is like no other. Salmon make their way up the rivers to return to their hatcheries for spawning and thousands of fishermen/women of all ages chase the fish in hopes of a great experience and a tasty meal. I have fished the confluence of the Russian River and have many great and wonderful memories, and I welcome all visitors to likewise enjoy these experiences.

Many people, both residents and non-residents, who come to fish for salmon, seem to loose their minds once they start fishing. They forget all about their fellow fishermen whose on their left and right sides, those who have likewise spent their resources in hopes of leaving with a great experience. They behave rudely, forgetting about fishing etiquette and encroach upon the fishing area of another fisherman and crowd them out, taking away from that persons experience. People forget even the laws, laws that have been put in place in order to allow the enjoyment of fishing within these waters.

I constantly witness some fishermen breaking laws, without regard to how this affects others around them and how this affects the future ability to fish and enjoy the conveniences of our fishing privileges. As an example, one such law is that when one catches a fish and cleans it, the unwanted carcass must be cut into at least three sections and then tossed into the river away from the banks.

I constantly see fishermen cleaning their fish and then dumping whole carcasses right by the cleaning tables and allowing their carcasses to simply float on down the river, along the rivers banks, only to pass in front of all those fellow fishermen below them so that those fishermen end up snagging the carcasses. Not only that, but it also allows opportunity to attract bears within the proximity of everyone fishing. This behavior is against the law, and with so many people breaking this law, the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Department is now going to put in place a new law that with force everyone to have to take their catch away, in whole, without the convenience of being able to clean and fillet their fish. Not only do we loose this convenience, we also interupt the ability to help return a great food source for other fish, and yes even other animals like bears, to benefit from; we break the cycle of life!

Fellow Alaskan's and visitors, please do enjoy the wonderful miracle of fishing the waters in Alaska, waters like the Russian River. Hopefully you and your families will be successful with wonderful catches of salmon and other fishes, and most importantly, have great experiences and long last memories.

BUT PLEASE RESPECT YOUR FELLOW FISHERMAN AND ABIDE BY THE LAWS!

Thank you!

4  Thank Frank B
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

may not have caught any fish on the day we did this but just the experience of it was worth every moment there fishing and that was 10 hrs. Seen plenty of bears coming out of the woods to get there own fish but that was on the other side of the Russian river. You just have to experience this yourself to understand the feeling.

Thank imma46
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

Now this is a place where adventure is close at hand. The first bear I saw ambling down just north of the Russian Kenai confluence made the hair stand on the back of my neck. Knowing we were danger close and it was too late to run was such a rush. You just grab the Canon an shoot away. Hope for the best. The bear luckily had not interest in an old tough tourist. This was as the Salmon run was winding down and the old boy was just playing with his food . What a sight. The most fun I had my entire trip in Alaska and well worth the effort. If you like seeing animals in the raw this is the place to be. Start with the Russian River Ferry and go from there. The camp gound is accessable by road. Good luck and keep your camra loaded!

1  Thank Dannie K
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

It's got everything you need for a day hike - beautiful scenery, wildlife, and an excellent trail! You can find trail options for a family/lazy hike or a serious double digit miles hike. I'd recommend visiting the Lower Russian Lake “Barber” cabin, the Falls, and perhaps the Russian River campground, where you might easily find bears feasting on salmon.

This video was recorded not too dar from the Russian River campground: http://youtu.be/VWxZaX1wK0w

2  Thank Eugene N
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