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Introducing Cooper Landing & Around

After skirting the north end of Kenai Lake, you enter scenic Cooper Landing at Mile 48.4. The picturesque outpost, named for Joseph Cooper, a miner who worked the area in the 1880s, is best known for its rich and brutal combat salmon fishing along the Russian and Kenai Rivers. While rustic log-cabin lodges featuring giant fish freezers are still the lifeblood of this town, the trails and whitewater rafting opportunities attract a very different sort of tourist. Businesses plying fine dining, chakra alignment and other organic amusements are finding fertile ground among the towering mountains.