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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.