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Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Kenai River

Kenai Region

Cooper Landing Boat Launch

Cooper Landing Boat Launch


★ ADA Facility - Yes
★ 5 Acres
★ Daily Parking Fee - (see fee page)
★ Toilets -
★ Water -
★ Boat Launch (see fee page) -

Useful Information

Kenai River Special Management Area brochure


★ Fishing
★ Boat Launch
★ Wildlife observation

Cooper Landing boasts major runs of four Pacific salmon species: king, red, silver and pink; in addition to trophy-sized rainbow trout and Dolly Varden. Kenai River kings, or Chinook salmon, are among the largest North Pacific salmon, often weighing from 50 to over 85 pounds. The abundant productivity of the river and variety of habitats enables the area to support large concentrations of bald eagles and many species of migratory waterfowl. Moose, caribou, wolves, bears and other wildlife also use the river system's resources. The area offers prime opportunities for fishing, boating, and wildlife observation from the boardwalk.

There is a limited amount of space available for bank fishing near the launch. The primary uses of the site are for boat launching, wildlife viewing and as a rest stop.

47.89 Sterling Highway

Driving Directions:
Mile 48.4 Sterling Highway - Landing is directly downstream of the Kenai River Bridge. Take the first access road south/downstream of the bridge to the parking area.

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