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Russian River

Kenai, AK
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An Alaskan Must See

Go to the falls, esp when sockeye are running. If you are adventurous, take the foot trail inland... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
World Class Fishing with a View

If you are an angler who loves to fish, you have to make time for fishing in the midnight sun st... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2017
Susan W
Kenai, Alaska
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Kenai, AK
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Go to the falls, esp when sockeye are running. If you are adventurous, take the foot trail inland there and the fisherman's trail along the river back. The confluence of the Kenai River is also a great destination and shorter hike.

1  Thank Kenaiguy
Reviewed 8 April 2017

If you are an angler who loves to fish, you have to make time for fishing in the midnight sun st the Russian River! Nothing like it any where but here. An experience to remember!

Thank Susan W
Reviewed 18 January 2017

It is a 45-60 min hike over a very easy trail that is even considered handicapped accessible. If you time it right, you can see the salmon jumping up the nice beautiful falls and may be lucky enough to see some bears feeding on the...More

1  Thank Mark3040
Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is a very easy short hike thru the woods to Russian River Falls. The falls are not very tall but the raging clear water is still very impressive. You finish the hike at a pair of wooden platforms perched above the river which makes...More

Thank mhulkman
Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

My husband and I recently visited Alaska.We had scheduled fishing trips 5 days but on our free day we chose to go experience the Russian river trail. It was a gorgeous walk..not difficult.We were the only ones there.Watched the fish..saw Eagles..just breathtaking:) Bugs weren't bad...More

1  Thank yourgirlfriday32
Reviewed 16 August 2016

First impression, lots of bugs! Bring bug spray! Hike was not bad though,some parts were strenuous for our age.I think the hike was a bit farther than the sign said because when we got back my tracker said 6.74 miles.It was well worth the hike...More

Thank porge495
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

This is beautiful but come prepared for lots of bugs! Our family caught both Salmon and Rainbow Trout.

Thank texang6
Reviewed 18 July 2016

We were staying in the area at a different camp site but decided to come in and hike to the waterfalls on the trail. Very nice place. The weather was good so we walked all the way from the main entrance instead of the trailhead....More

2  Thank Micheal Colette R
Reviewed 19 June 2016

My husband and I took this easy 2.3 mile hike to Russian River Falls and enjoyed it so much! The views were awesome! We even saw salmon pooled at the bottom! It was a gorgeous hike and not difficult at all. While in the area...More

Thank redputt
Reviewed 18 June 2016

fun fishing river, swift water , but fun to fish. one rainbow but we did not spend much time in one spot.

Thank James K
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Dominique P
Where do I drive to in order to start the short hike to the river?
31 March 2017|
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Milepost 52 of the Sterling Highway.
Debbie B
I was wondering about the campground that is in Kenai. Near the Russian River. cost, bugs, and safety from bears. We are driving from north of Detroit Mi.
2 November 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
My husband and I will be visiting the area around Anchorage and Seward in August and the plan is hiking. We would like to avoid hiring a car though. Can any one recommend an overnight/multi-day hiking route (loop) where you start in the same town/place? Or is hiring a car a must? Thanks
2 May 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