Best Lodge on the Kenai Peninsula
"Gwin's roadside establishment is the epicenter of much of the activity on the peninsula and a one-stop shop for visitors and locals alike, providing food, lodging, and fishing tackle ... The travel agency can book fishing, hiking, rafting, and other adventure travel anywhere on the peninsula. The lodge is the fishing headquarters of prospective anglers during the annual salmon runs on the nearby Russian and Kenai rivers."
"The Kenai Peninsula is Alaska's Playground"
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"The peninsula serves as the Alaska sampler because it has the wildlife; the dramatic glaciers, mountains and wilderness; multipurpose rivers; a fjord-lined coast — plus churches, mining towns and other attractions associated with Alaska’s settlement story."
"Rich in gold mining, early settlers and Alaska Native history, Cooper Landing has long been a destination for serious anglers wanting easy access to the Russian and Kenai rivers and Skilak and Kenai lakes for trophy salmon, trout and a host of other species."
kokonut33 from Houston, TX
A former Alaskan resident suggested Gwin's and we were not disappointed. The cabin we stayed in for 3 nights (#6) was a cabin on the outside and a very nice room on the inside. We had a small but full kitchen, nice living area with lots of windows plus room to sleep at least 4 if not more. We also had a nice porch on the front where mountain views could be enjoyed. The staff was extremely helpful and very accommodating. When we couldn't find a guide to take my wife and i fishing they made a call and got me a better deal then anywhere else i had looked. We ate there our first day and food and service was great. My wife had been a little skeptical about staying in a cabin, but this ended up being her favorite place we stayed for our whole Alaska trip.
Gwin's Lodge is inside the Chugach National Forest, surrounded by spruce trees, and is located near the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The property sits at the foot of Cooper Mountain by the turquoise blue Kenai River. Near by is the crystal clear Russian River, Kenai Lake, and Skilak Lake, each with its unique beauty. Cooper Landing on the Kenai Peninsula is a photographer's paradise.
Convenient Central Location
Gwin's Lodge is located in Cooper Landing, which is a central location on the Kenai Peninsula. Gwin's Lodge is a short two-hour drive from Anchorage. Because of its central location, Gwin's Lodge can be your home base from which you explore all the fun activities on the Kenai Peninsula - Kenai Fjords cruises out of Seward at one end of the Peninsula, saltwater fishing and fly-out bear viewing trips out of Homer, at the other end. For fishers, Gwin's Lodge couldn't be at a more ideal location. It is the closest establishment to the confluence of the Kenai River and the Russian River, two world-class salmon fisheries. The close proximity means you can spend all of your waking time on the river taking advantage of virtually 24 hours of daylight.
Gwin's Lodge is all-in-one restaurant, store, and lodging. The full-service restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner featuring world famous smoked salmon chowder, hamburgers, and carrot cake. The store is stocked with fishing tackle, equipment, and licenses. The store also has abundant souvenir shirts, jackets, caps, mugs, postcards, posters, etc. that feature Alaska, Russian River, and Kenai River subject matter. Snacks, drinks, bear spray, insect spray, and other convenient items are also available.
Gwin's Lodge is a log roadhouse constructed of hand-peeled spruce logs cut from the surrounding forest by Pat and Helen Gwin in 1952 before Alaska was a state. The logs have achieved a beautiful patina that give the roadhouse a warm glow that cannot be faked. Combine this with a modern kitchen and dinning room that were totally remodeled last year, the authentic rustic Alaska frontier ambiance cannot be rivaled.
Comfort and Cleanliness
All of the chalets and cabins at Gwin's Lodge received a fresh remodel along with new Sealy President pillow top matresses , bedding, new sofas, and new hardwood flooring. Everything looks, smells, and feels fresh, clean, and beautiful.