Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge

Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge®
Located at Cooper Landing in the middle of the Kenai Peninsula, the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge is perched high above the beautiful turquoise waters of the Kenai River. The lodge is the base for many wilderness activities and the starting point for the scenic drive to Seward, gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. Cooper Landing was first settled by the Kenaitze Indians, who set up fish camps along the upper Kenai River. More recently, Cooper Landing was the site of the first gold discovery in Alaska in 1848, the year before the California Gold Rush. Early Russians discovered the gold but proved more interested in the fur trade. From Cooper Landing, the Kenai River flows 75 miles before entering Cook Inlet. World-famous fishing, scenic float trips and hiking are all located just a short distance from the lodge's front door.

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Points of Interest

  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Kenai Rivers (Kenai and/or Kasilof)
  • Exit Glacier
  • Alaska Sealife Center
  • Sled Dog Interaction
  • Gold Panning
  • Chugach National Forest
  • Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
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  • Kenai Fjords National Park

    The 690,000-acre Kenai Fjords National Park is dominated by the expansive Harding Icefield, feeding dozens of deep-blue glaciers that tumble down into the waters of the bay.

  • Kenai Rivers (Kenai and/or Kasilof)

    Kenai Rivers are known throughout the world for their abundance of fish. Both have four out of the five species of Pacific Salmon that return to spawn each season in Alaska, as well as Rainbow Trout.

  • Exit Glacier

    Exit Glacier is part of the Kenai Fjords National Park, and is derived from the Harding Icefield in the Kenai Mountains.

  • Alaska Sealife Center

    Alaska's only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center is located on the shores of Resurrection Bay. This ''window on the sea'' offers close encounters with puffins, octopus and sea lions.

  • Sled Dog Interaction

    Lorraine Temple provides an heart felt look into the world of dog mushing, briefly touching the topics of training, racing and breeding of these loving sled dogs.

  • Gold Panning

    Just as the lure of gold brought the miners to Alaska over 100 years ago, it still does today. Many areas available for recreational gold panning include the scenic Kenai Peninsula.

  • Chugach National Forest

    Chugach is the second-largest national forest in the country. Its 5,940,000 acres spread across three distinct landscapes, stretching from the Kenai Peninsula east across Prince William Sound.

  • Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

    Kenai National Wildlife Refuge was established as a way to protect the moose from market hunting, and stretches across 2 million acres, including the western slopes of the Kenai Mountains.

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Gold Panning with Prospector John

1.5 hours | Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge | 0AK-KEN-320
  • Gold Panning

Try your hand in gold panning on this tour in Cooper Landing. Prospector John will take you back to the days of the Gold Rush as you pan through pay dirt to uncover your "finds." Take home your riches and a true Alaskan experience.

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$29.95

Explore Historic Seward

7.25 hours | Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge | 0AK-KEN-100
  • Kenai Fjords National Park

Take a guided tour along Alaska's only National Scenic Byway and a trip into the historic town of Seward. A variety of in-town explorations and optional attractions await you including the Seward Museum, Alaska Sealife Center, Exit Glacier and more.

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$49.95

Kenai Nature Hike

4.5 hours | Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge | 0AK-KEN-475
  • Chugach National Forest

Take a hike over a well-maintained trail through Kenai to the salmon-filled waters of the Russian River Falls. A naturalist guide will share information about the area along the way and explain Native Alaskan uses for the various plants encountered on the trail.

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$64.95

Kenai River Scenic Float

3 hours | Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge | 0AK-KEN-740
  • Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Get away from the crowds for a serene float through the wilderness of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. An experienced guide leads you on an 11-mile float on the peaceful turquoise waters of the Kenai River. Watch out for black bears, coyotes, porcupines, snowshoes hares and more.

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$84.95

Kenai Kayaking

2.5 hours | Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge | 0AK-KEN-770
  • Chugach National Forest

Experience the peace and beauty Alaska has to offer. From the cool mountain air to rich glacier fed rivers, come with us as we kayak through the majestic Kenai Lake.

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Moderate Activity

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$99.95

Kenai Canyon River Rafting

7 hours | Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge | 0AK-KEN-745
  • Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Spend a day exploring the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on a thrilling Class II+ raft trip on the Kenai River. Enjoy wildlife viewing in the heart of the Refuge, a hearty lunch and a ride across the glacier-carved Skilak Lake or a nature walk up Hidden Creek Trail.

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$174.95

Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

10 hours | Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge | 0AK-KEN-600
  • Kenai Fjords National Park

Spend a day cruising the unspoiled wonders of the Kenai Fjords National Park. Marvel at the variety of marine wildlife, including whales, sea lions, sea otters and more. Travel to the face of Aialik Glacier, the most active ''calving'' glacier in the park. A complimentary lunch is provided.

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Wheelchair Accessible, Easy Activity

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Backcountry Adventure

8.5 hours | Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge | 0AK-KEN-750

This great Kenai option allows guests to float the Kenai River, enjoy a moderate hike to Moose Creek and gold pan surrounded by the amazing views of the Kenai area.

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Moderate Activity

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