Kenai River Kenai Peninsula Vacation Cabins
"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."
"Gwin's Lodge - Historic landmark, traditionally crafted log roadhouse and guest cabins, full of local history and a good source for what to do in Cooper Landing."
"Gwin’s Lodge, in Cooper Landing (roughly in the middle of the Kenai), is a good base for exploring the peninsula. The kids will love the loft beds; Mom and Dad can hike up to Russian River Falls to watch leaping salmon and maybe spot a moose."
"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...Whatever your passion, be it fishing, hiking, rafting/kayaking, sightseeing, exploring Alaska culture or hanging out with the local folks, you'll find it all in Cooper Landing."
Fodor's Travel:"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."
Gwin's Lodge is inside the Chugach National Forest, surrounded by spruce trees, and is located between the Kenai Fjords National Park and 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.