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."

Our Guests' Reviews:


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.


My husband and I spent 2 nights in one of Gwins cabins. We had breakfast at the restaurant both mornings. Best breakfast around and very generous portions! Delightful, attentive waitresses and a real Alaskan feel to the place make this the best in cooper landing :) Thanks Gwins! We live in Homer and will most definitely make this a regular stop :)


Fred Sylvia S

We stayed in Cooper Landing area in late August. Prospector John recommended Gwin's Restaurant. We had the hamburger special. It was great with generous portions! We went back a few days later for another delicious meal. Great service by the friendly wait staff. Keith, the owner, came by with a friendly greet and chat. The kitchen is open, we could see the "chefs" as they happily went about their work---even doing a little dance to the 60s music in the background. Don't miss this place. (Keith--thanks for the cross!)


Riverwolf from Threerivers


We arrived at Gwin's Lodge a rustic road house from back in the day with an Authentic Alaskan ambiance about it, we were just in time for dinner and we were not disappointed the food was fabulous they have an exceptional wine list and the service was outstanding, a friendly and helpful staff, our cabin was clean and comfortable. I recommend Gwin's Lodge, we loved it; Cooper Landing is a very beautiful area, near the Russian river, the fall colors and the color of the river just took our breath away, a sight to behold.
... I can’t wait until my next visit.

Lori A. M.

We made [Poplar Chalet] our home for two nights on our honeymoon, it was perfect! The bonus was the chili at Gwin's restaurant.  I had chili here three times on my trip, it's the best I've ever eaten!


Kenai Peninsula - The Best Alaska Has To Offer

Alaska is the biggest state of the United States, and there are many options for outdoor lovers. The Kenai Peninsula, home of  Kenai Fjords National Park, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Chugach National Forest, and Kachemak Bay State Park, is a good place to start and end your Alaska vacation.


Gwin's Lodge is situated in the center of Kenai Peninsula in the Chugach National Forest in the town of Cooper Landing, with the Kenai Wildlife Refuge nearby, and the Kenai Fjords National Park a short distance away..









 The Kenai Fjords National Park features the Harding Icefield that spawned nearly 40 glaciers. The Exit Glacier may be visited on foot, while the other glaciers are best seen from cruises that depart from Seward. Many marine life including whales, sea lions, puffins, and bald eagles can be seen from the cruise ships.













Chugach National Forest and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge provide an endless variety of outdoor recreation activities such as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, drift rafting, whitewater rafting, wildlife viewing, panning for gold, clamming, saltwater fishing, etc. In addition, these parks are teeming with wildlife, to the delight of photographers and wildlife observers.












Of course,the Kenai Peninsula is best-known for its world class salmon fisheries, the Kenai and the Russian Rivers. These two rivers meet in the town of Cooper Landing, the home of Gwin's Lodge.  Every year, hundreds of thousands of various types of salmon come up the Kenai and Russian Rivers to spawn. And fishers and bears eagerly await their arrival.















There is also an extensive recreational trail system near Gwin's Lodge for hiking and mountain biking, the most popular ones being the Resurrection Trail and the Russian River trail. 
































Give us a call (907.595.1266) or send us an email (, and our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you plan your dream Alaska vacation for no additional cost. Details on our cabins and chalets are available on our Stay page. Reservations may be made online. We only use reliable and trustworthy guides and excursion companies with whom we have happily worked for many years. Contact us now!

Gwin's Lodge

P.O. BOX 769




ALASKA  99572-0769


mo. 907-398-3987

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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.