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The River House - Cooper Landing River Front

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

The house is located a few hundred yards upriver and across from the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge, just above the Upper River rapids. The living set up is ideal for a romantic couple, a family of 6 or 4-5 friends. Moose, bear, bald eagles, beavers, goats and mountain sheep are commonly seen from the property. In May and early June, brown bears frequent the property requiring extra caution. Outside there are plentiful wild raspberries in late summer, an outdoor sauna and wade fishing for Rainbows and Dollies.

The fly fishing for trophy rainbow trout and Dolly Varden on the upper river is tremendous between July and late October. During the month of October Silver Salmon can be caught from the property.

The fall season in Cooper Landing is arguably the most beautiful time of the year. As the summer season comes to an end the rainbow trout and silver salmon fishing is at its peak as the deciduous trees turn bright yellow and orange.

The Kenai River is open for fishing between June 11th and May 1st. The ADF&G website is a great source of information on the latest fishing regulations.

Please checkout the video walkthrough and additional pictures on our facebook page below.

Google Earth Coordinates - 60°29'12.69'N 149°50'48.56'W (Russian River 5 miles), (Quartz Creek 5 miles), (Bing’s Landing 33 miles), (Seward 49 miles), (Anchorage 95 miles)

The River House can be rented with the Bear Den (VRBO #394863) if you party exceeds six.

Keywords: The River House, riverfront, fly fishing, river front, rainbow, trout, birding, photography, BBQ, eagles, salmon, privacy, Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge.

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Ryan and Robin
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
January 4, 2017

About Ryan and Robin

There are few things I enjoy more than floating down the Upper Kenai and few places I find more peaceful than having a cup of coffee in the sun room. I was able to spend the month of September fishing in Cooper Landing for about a decade before owning this property. For any guests that have not experienced September in Cooper Landing, I strongly recommend it.

We have just completed our eighth consecutive rental season and plan to continue renting the house until we retire. We have continually reinvested a minimum of one third of the rental revenue back into the property for the last eight years.

It is extremely important to us that our guests have a trip of a life time while visiting the River House. In 2014 we partnered with Jessica Larsen to professionally manage the property during your stay.

Ryan and Robin purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Ryan and Robin chose Kenai Peninsula

There are many houses available for rent in Cooper Landing, but few have the privacy and beauty of the River House. It is easy to spend hours in the sunroom staring at the florescent river, the mountain bank and local birds.

Robins and Bald Eagles are the two most common bird species that can be seen on the property. While the mosquito is dubbed the "Alaska State Bird", between the river breeze and landscaped yard there are very few mosquitos or other biting insects on the property.

We recently added a trail to a fenced river overlook. The views from this overlook are stunning. The short trail crosses a creek that is located on the property and allows you to see 700 yards upstream.

Several of the local guides (year round residents) are very familiar with the River House and have spent considerable time fishing in the backyard. They can pick you up in a drift boat behind the house with no extra charge and spend some time explaining what is happening in the river at the time of your stay.

What makes this cottage unique

The Upper Kenai river is one of the most beautiful places we have come across. The house is extremely quiet and sits across from the drift only marker on the Upper Kenai (No motors allowed). Just above the property, the river begins to narrow and pick up current. The view from nearly every room in the house is breathtaking. The original house has been featured on the cover of several magazines over the years and was recently chosen for VRBO sweepstakes. Great effort has been made to maintain the trees on the property, while keeping them trimmed to ensure views from all angles.

There are very few properties on the Kenai river with the privacy and scenery of this location. The property has blue spruce, choke cherry, lilac, cottonwood, spruce and birch trees with a landscaped yard.

In March and April the property is home to many bald eagles that feed throughout the day on spawning silver salmon. Brown bears frequent the property in May and early June and leave their mark on an annual basis. By late June the bears move a few miles down river to look for spawning salmon. Rainbows and Dollies can be caught easily for most of the summer and fall. In October Silver Salmon can be caught from the backyard.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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The River House - Cooper Landing River Front
average rating of 4.826087 based on 23 reviews

Excellent location. Very comfortable and well appointed cabin

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay at the cabin. The views from the cabin are second to none. Easy access to fly fishing put-ins on the Kenai and Russian. Fishing access from the back yard as well. The sauna was a hit too! We'll be back I'm sure.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Didn't want to leave

  • 5 of 5

The best part of this place is the view of the river! The house is very comfortable and spacious. This property is also located within an hours drive of most towns and things to do. I would recommend this place to anyone who loves natural beauty, as it surrounds this place.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and Majestic

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful location overlooking water and a view of a pair of bald eagles every evening and morning. The deck is spacious, comfortable and with great views of water. The house took great advantage of the beauty around with lots of windows facing the river. Everything was perfect.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Diego, California

Great location!

  • 4 of 5

We had 5 adults on our trip. We really enjoyed the location with the beautiful river. Also, the lawn area was great for frisbee and horseshoes. A bocce and croquet set would be a good add for this location. We would return and recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Angelo, TX

Breathtaking View

  • 5 of 5

The view from the deck of the River House is breathtaking. The color of the Kenai River is like something from a painting. The house was spacious enough for 5 adults, and it was nice to have a washer & dryer. The River House is well maintained, and was great for us. There were horseshoes near the river and a fire pit. Both of these were nice ways to finish out the evenings. Our last night at the home, while I was sitting inside, I saw a moose walk by the deck, then it went into the water & swam downstream. That was an awesome sight.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Enjoyable

  • 4 of 5

Location, Location, Location. This house sits right on the Kenai River giving you great views and access to the river from the backyard and a excellent place to hang a hammick . The sauna was perfect. The house had decent supplies for the kitchen and bathrooms. There could be a few extra blankets and MOST IMPORTANT better curtains for the bedrooms, as day light is somewhere around twenty hours. The people handling the property were always available if needed.

Overall all things listed on the site is accurate and I would stay their a third time as we stayed a few days, traveled to Homer and then returned for two more days.

GREAT job Robin & Ryan !!!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
98 Miles
Ted Stevens International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Russian River Ferry
Nearest Golf
43 Miles
Birch Ridge Golf Course
Nearest Train
65 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Sterling Highway
Nearest Restaurant
1.2 Miles
Nearest Ski
67.5 Miles
Aleyska Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
47 Miles
Car: necessary

The property is 49 miles from Seward, 120 miles from Homer and 65 miles from Whittier. The Russian River and mouth or Quartz creek are both 5 miles from the property.

Nelson St. near mile marker 49 provides access to the few Upper Kenai properties with low bank river frontage.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Tax Rate 3.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)


Cooper Landing Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2319 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , Master Bath with oversized oval tub
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private bathroom for downstairs bedroom
  • Upgraded to larger Bosch on demand hotwater heater in 2015.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Loft - 2 twin/ single , Upstairs - Connected by King mattress kit.
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Upstairs with a private 250 sq.ft. deck looking upriver
    Downstairs bedroom - 1 queen , Carpeted downstairs bedroom with private bath
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • whitewater rafting
The owner does not live onsite. Chest freezer and coolers available for guest use in laundry room.

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