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Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Kenai River

Kenai Region

Captain Cook State Recreation Area

Captain Cook State Recreation Area


★ ADA Facility - Yes
★ Day Use Area
★ Daily Parking Fee - (see fee page)
★ Toilets
★ Water -
★ Picnic sites
★ Picnic Shelters -
Discovery Campground
Campground managed by:
Alaska Recreation Management

Useful Information

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★ Camping
★ Fishing
★ Hiking
★ Biking
★ Boating
★ Wildlife Viewing

This park unit is managed by Alaska Recreation Management, (907) 522-8368 or (907) 242-0859.

Captain Cook State Recreation Area is virtually undiscovered by most visitors to the Kenai Peninsula. It offers a peaceful setting of forests, lakes, streams and saltwater beaches. The recreation area can be reached by driving 25 miles north of Kenai on the North Kenai Road to milepost 36.

This state recreation area is named for Captain James Cook, the famous English mariner, who in 1778 explored what is now known as Cook Inlet. At that time, the area was occupied by the Tanaina People, who harvested seasonal runs of salmon and other wild foods. Remains of Tanaina house pits are evidence of the Peoples' earlier presence. In recent years the beach area has been used for commercial fishing with beach set-nets.

Captain Cook State Recreation Area offers a variety of recreation activities, from canoeing and boating on Stormy Lake to beach combing on Cook Inlet's tide-swept shores, bird watching, berry picking, and wildlife observation. The beaches are popular with agate hunters.

Anglers may enjoy fishing for rainbow trout and silver salmon in Swanson River as well as rainbows and arctic char in Stormy Lake. Current fishing regulations will give complete information on seasons and limits. Winter visitors enjoy ice fishing on Stormy Lake.

Wildlife you may see during your visit includes moose, bear, coyote, wolves, Beluga whales, harbor seals, beaver, muskrat, bald eagles, sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, arctic and common loons, golden-eye ducks, mergansers, thrushes, warblers, and jays.

36.9 Kenai Spur Highway

Driving Directions:
From Anchorage drive south on the Seward Hwy, stay to your right, turn onto the Sterling Hwy South, turn right onto Kenai Spur Hwy. Located by driving 25 miles north of Kenai on the North Kenai Road to milepost 36.

Mission Statement

"The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation provides outdoor recreation opportunities and conserves and interprets natural, cultural, and historic resources for the use, enjoyment, and welfare of the people."

Accessibility Notice

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Atwood Building
550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501
DNR Public Information Center:
(907) 269-8400
DPOR Director's Office:
(907) 269-8700