It can be overwhelming to plan your trip to Alaska. We want to help you as much as we can. Our staff is available for any question you may have. We offer a full concierge service at Gwin's Lodge and we can help you plan, get organized, make recommendations, and book the trips and excursions for you. We have also prepared a suggested agenda to help you plan your trip. Below are excursion packages based on our most popular guided activities.

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 - 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."
Barefoot Guides: 
"The Kenai Peninsula is Alaska's Playground"
Best Trip Choices:
"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."

Fishing & Adventure Packages

3-Night Fishing Package - $1350 per person (two-person minimum occupancy)

    $999 per additional person in the same chalet

    Three (3) nights in a Gwin's Chalet that sleeps four comfortably (layout depends on availability).

    1-Day Salmon Kenai River drift boat fishing

    1-Day Halibut fishing

    1-Day Rainbow trout or Salmon fishing

5-Night Fishing & Adventure Package - $1750 per person (two-person minimum occupancy)

    $1165 per additional person in the same chalet

    Five (5) nights in a Gwin's Chalet that sleeps four comfortably (layout depends on availability).

    1-Day Salmon Kenai River drift boat fishing

    1-Day Halibut fishing or Glacier Jet Ski Adventure

    1-Day 8-hour Kenai Fjords Cruise

    1-Day Whitewater Rafting or Kenai River Scenic Rafting​


 7-Night Fishing & Adventure Package - $2450 per person (two-person minimum occupancy)

    $1630 per additional person in the same chalet

    Seven (7) nights in a Gwin's Chalet that sleeps four comfortably (layout depends on availability).

    1-Day Salmon Kenai River drift boat fishing

    1-Day Halibut fishing or Glacier Jet Ski Adventure

    1-Day 8-hour Kenai Fjords Cruise

    1-Day Fly-in Salmon fishing and/or bear viewing

    1-Day Whitewater Rafting or Kenai River Scenic Rafting

The various Alaska Vsitor Guides for many locations can be found on this page.




Travel Alaska is the "Official State of Alaska Vacation and Travel Information."  Request your free official State of Alaska vacation planner here.

The Alaska Department of Transportation introduced 511 "Travel In The Know", a telephone and Internet service to help travelers access continually updated travel information (road condition and closure information related to weather, construction, accidents, and natural disasters). In Alaska, dial 5-1-1 from any phone. Outside Alaska, dial 1-866-282-7577 (toll free). Or access via the Internet at

The Milepost is an online trip planner and travel guide with a companion book of the same name that provides extensive information on "the highways, roads, ferries, lodgings, recreation, sightseeing attractions and services along the Alaska Highway to and within Alaska, including Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories and the Yukon."


Visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for regulations and information on fishing and hunting in the Kenai Peninsula, and purchase licenses and permits online.

The Alaska Outdoor Journal bills itself as "Alaska's only real-time internet magazine."  This site is chockfull of information on all sorts of outdoor activities including fishing, wildlife viewing, gold panning, and even razor clam digging.

​The Alaska Trekker provides some very good information about traveling in Alaska. It has a web page on the Russian River.

​ has a Cooper Landing page with a reference to Gwin's Lodge: "Gwin's Lodge opened on Jan. 1, 1952. As a Cooper Landing icon, its location and website warrant a visit for more history, plus historical photographs of one of Alaska's oldest traditionally crafted log roadhouses and cabins, along with scenic shots of some of the peninsula's most beautiful spots."

Alaska 101 has a page on Cooper Landing that provides some good basic information on what's in and around Cooper Landing.

The Kenai - Alaska's Playground provides information about sights and attractions of the Kenai Peninsula.

If hiking, canoeing, or kayaking is what you're after, try the information and recommendations at the Kenai Trails pages of Hikers may try the Russian Lakes Trail that leads to the Russian River Falls, where you'll see salmon leaping up a waterfall to reach their protected spawning grounds.  Another trail to try is the Resurrection Creek Trail through 38 miles of scenic mountains from Cooper Landing to Hope.  At Mile 58 on the Sterling Highway, turn onto Skilak Loop Road, there are many easy-to-moderate hiking trails leading to the Kenai River.

Kenai Fjords National Park website is a good resource about a treasure of the Kenai Peninsula, the Harding Icefield from which nearly 40 glaciers flow. This park is easily accessible from land or sea from Seward. It's a must-see.

The USDA Forest Service has a Chugach National Forest page that provides information on its trails and camp grounds and other resources in Eastern Kenai Peninsula.

Gwin's Lodge is situated in the Chugach National Forest, and the USDA Forest Service has a wonderful Visitor's Guide in pdf format that is chockful of information and maps on Chugach National Forest.

Gwin's Lodge is situated in the Chugach National Forest, which borders the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a Visitor's Guide in pdf format that provides a wealth of information on visiting Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Cooper Landing Historical Society Museum is housed in "historic buildings: Jack Lean's Cabin built in the late 1920's and the home of the Cooper Landing Post Office for almost 40 years. The School House built in 1955 and used until September 2001."  There are some interesting artifacts.


Public Use Areas on the Upper Kenai River:
• Mile 48 / Cooper Landing Boat Launch Just past bridge on north side.
• Mile 50.5 / Cooper Creek Campground
• Mile 52.6 / Russian River Campground
• Mile 55 / Russian River Ferry Parking, boat launch and ferry access across the Kenai River.
• Mile 58 / Refuge Information Center - Large parking area, toilets, and small contact center.
• Mile 58 / Skilak Lake Road

Kenai River Boat Launch Points:
• Mile 48 / Cooper Landing Boat Launch
• Mile 55 / Sportsman’s Landing / Kenai Russian River Access
• Mile 58 / Jim's Landing
• Mile 58 and Mile 75.2 / Skilak Lake Road is a gravel surface loop off the Sterling Hwy in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The East Access is from mile 58 Sterling Hwy and the West Access is from Mile 75.2. Skilak Loop Road provides access to several campgrounds and lakes including the Upper Skilak Landing and the Lower Skilak Landing.
• Mile 80.3 / Bing's Landing

Gwin's Lodge

P.O. BOX 769




ALASKA  99572-0769


mo. 907-398-3987

Welcome to Gwin's Lodge and Roadhouse!

About Gwin's Lodge

Established by pioneers Pat and Helen Gwin, Gwin's Lodge first opened in January 1952, before Alaska was even a state.


They began harvesting logs from the surrounding Chugach National Forest in 1946. Gwin's Lodge is the oldest surviving roadside lodge on the Kenai Peninsula. 


Gwin's Lodge has been an iconic and historic landmark, well-known for delicious home cooking and comfortable lodging. 


Gwin's Lodge is under new ownership and management. The entire property has been renovated and remodeled.


Whether it's fishing, wildlife viewing, sightseeing, scenic or whitewater rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, or hiking...  make Gwin's Lodge your Kenai Peninsula recreation headquarters! 


The amazing turquoise blue waters of the Kenai River and the crystal clear waters of the Russian River are home to Sockeye Salmon, Silver Salmon, King Salmon, Dolly Varden, and Rainbow Trout.


This combined with the breathtaking forest, rivers, lakes, mountains, beaches, and abundant wildlife make the Kenai Peninsula a sportsman's paradise and perfect vacation getaway.

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