Cooper Landing Area Points of Interest
You’ll find lots of captivating points of interest in Cooper Landing and the surrounding Kenai Peninsula. Immerse yourself in prime wildlife viewing locations, where you can witness majestic creatures in their natural habitats. Experience the beauty of glaciers and coastlines on boat and ship tours, or take to the skies on a thrilling flightseeing adventure to observe bears. Dive into the region’s rich history and culture at heritage centers, and gain insights into the lifecycle of fish at the local fish hatchery.
Points of Interest
Quick: what’s the longest combined rail and highway tunnel in North America? It’s the Anderson Memorial Tunnel, and you’ll drive through it on the scenic and historic drive to Whittier. The Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area is a place whose valleys and mountains, communities and people tell the larger story of a wild place and a rugged frontier. This audio guide gives you the inside scoop on its fascinating history. You’ll… ...more
Learn how the fish are raised from small alevin to fry and beyond to smolt size before being released into surrounding lakes and bays. Depending on the fish cycle, there may or may not be fish to view, so please call ahead. If there are no fish to be seen, you’re welcome to look at a small photo gallery and learn about the fish production cycle, and understand why hatchery’s play such an important role in keeping our fish population… ...more
Sounds Wild: Birds SmellTern Lake has lots to offer but few people use the old Sterling highway to access the boreal forest near this lake. Drive into the recreational area and as you turn left toward the restrooms you will see an old road to your right. You can walk for miles down this road and enjoy the smell of the woods and the sound of the birds.More Information ...more
Take a stroll down the boardwalk as it winds along the river. There are several interpretive signs with information about fishing, dall sheep, rafting and boat safety. You’ll also find access to Pioneer Village where you can pan for gold at Prospector John’s Authentic Gold Panning.
Kenai Lake marks the beginning of the Kenai River Special Management Area. Established in 1984 to protect this very important resource, the 105-mile area stretches almost all the way to the city of Kenai. Take a walk to the viewing decks with informative signs about this area. You will be able to see the Kenai River along the highway for the next 10 miles.
Close to Anchorage and endowed with abundant recreational opportunities, central Kenai is Alaska’s playground. Two highways, numerous trails, and several major rivers slice through the spine of the Kenai Mountains. World-class fishing, hiking, river rafting, and canoeing – plus alpine lakes and gold history – make for an ideal day trip or week-long vacation.