Fun Things to do on the Kenai Peninsula

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."
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."

Alaska is the biggest state and there is a lot to see. It is easy to feel overwhelmed when planning a vacation in Alaska. The good news is, there are many excellent options to choose from for your dream Alaskan vacation.

Among the best that Alaska has to offer are Denali National Park and the Kenai Peninsula. If you have one week in Alaska, then you may want to focus on the Kenai Peninsula. If you have two weeks to spare, then you can easily fit an excursion to Denali along with spending time on the Kenai Peninsula.

Denali National Park is the home of Mt. McKinley, the tallest peak in the North American Continent at 20,320 feet. One excellent way to see the Park is to take the Alaskan Railroad from Anchorage to Denali in a clear dome rail car to take  in all the scenery unfolding before you. Private car traffic into the Park is limited, so the best way to see the park is to ride one of the shuttles or buses that offer a variety of options in terms of the routes taken and tour duration. Make your reservation well in advance so all options are open to you.

Known as "Alaska's Playground" because even Alaskans will travel to the Kenai Peninsula for recreation and vacations. The Kenai Peninsula features The Chugach National Forest, Kenai Fjords National Park, and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The terrain of the Kenai Peninsula features mountains, hills, lakes, rivers, beaches, forests,and flat land. These parks and terrains provide an endless variety of outdoor recreation activities such as fishing (wade-in, drift boat, deep sea, etc.) hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, drift rafting, whitewater rafting, wildlife viewing, panning for gold, clamming, etc.













































Of course,the Kenai Peninsula is best-known for its world class salmon fisheries, the Kenai and the Russian Rivers. 

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.

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.