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Cooper Landing

Posted: January 1, 2012 - 2:00am

With the Kenai River rushing by one side and the Kenai Mountains towering over the other, Cooper Landing is nestled in one of the more picturesque settings found in Alaska.

When it comes to Cooper Landing, a good saying would be "come for the silvers and stay for the gold." The fall run of silver salmon in the river is complimented by the brilliant gold that washes the landscape as the aspen and birch tress of the area turn color, and it is a breathtaking time to see this part of the Kenai Peninsula.

An easy day trip from Kenai, or a nice break on your trip to Seward, Cooper Landing is a settlement rich in history and heritage.

Riverside lodges, rafting and guided fishing tours and roadside shops are the mainstay of the less than 400 residents that call Cooper Landing home. The museum is worth a stop to see the articulated skeleton of a brown bear that was killed on the Sterling Highway. Another excellent stop is the rest stop located at the Kenai River Bridge, where the headwaters of the world famous Kenai River drain from the teal-blue waters of Kenai Lake. Use the spotting scopes to check out the dall sheep high on the mountain peaks overhead.

Fishing is one of the popular activities in the area, with trout and salmon drawing anglers from Alaska and around the globe. Bears are sighted frequently in the area, so if you plan to stretch your legs on one the many area trails found in the Cooper Landing area, it is important to be alert and prepared.

Must-see in Cooper Landing

"Walk in the footprints of time" with a visit the K'Beq Interpretive Site, which celebrates the traditions and culture of the Dena'ina Athabascans who inhabited the Kenai Peninsula. The site includes interpretive and displays of artifacts. The K'Beq site is located at Mile 52.6 of the Sterling Highway.

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