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The Bear Den - Private 1 acre Upper Kenai Riverfront Home - Cooper Landing

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,235 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4 adults + 2 kids)

This property is located across the river from the Kenai Princess Lodge at the beginning of the Upper River Rapids. There is about 130 feet of low bank river frontage and an additional 700 feet of wade access under normal water conditions. This property can be rented with the neighboring River House upstream (VRBO #252577).

We have completed a significant remodel during the winter and spring of 2016 which included adding a new washer/dryer, new flooring, upgrading the kitchen, adding five windows, full length dormer, new interior and exterior paint and a Norwegian stove to better experience this river front setting.

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.

Keywords: Fly fishing, Trophy Rainbow Trout, Sockeye Salmon, Coho Salmon, Photography, hiking

More Details

Ryan and Robin
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 11, 2018

About Ryan and Robin

There are few things I enjoy more than floating down the Upper Kenai. I was lucky enough 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 the fall in Cooper Landing, I strongly recommend it.

Ryan and Robin purchased this house in 2011

Why Ryan and Robin chose Cooper Landing

There are many houses available for rent in Cooper Landing, but few have the river front privacy and fishing as the Bear Den. Sitting by a warm fire down by the river after a great day of exploring Alaska is one of our favorite features of the property.

If the world class rainbow fishing was not enough, the upper river is one of the most beautiful places I have come across. The house sits across from the drift only marker on the Upper Kenai (No motors allowed). Just upstream from the property, the river begins to narrow and pick up current.

What makes this house unique

Rainbows and Dollies can be caught easily for most of the summer and fall. In late September and October the second run of Silver Salmon start to stack up behind the house. In March and April the property is home to a concentration of bald eagles that are feasting on spawning silver salmon creating some fantastic photo opportunities.


Cooper Landing House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1235 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Rear Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Connected bathroom with shower and tub.
    Back Bedroom - 1 queen , Connected bathroom with shower
    Loft above Rear Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Low ceiling loft ideal for children.
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds in loft (2)
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • whitewater rafting
The house has a outdoor fire pit located on the banks of the Kenai River. The owner does not live onsite. The Kenai River is closed to fishing from May 1st to June 10th every year.


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The Bear Den - Private 1 acre Upper Kenai Riverfront Home - Cooper Landing
average rating of 4.714286 based on 21 reviews

Nice home, with all the amenities

  • 4 of 5

Home was great. Location was great. The only thing missing was live television, although satellite television appeared available all over the community.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. Unfortunately the property is located on low bank, upper Kenai river frontage and is sandwiched between two steep mountain faces. Mt. Cecil and Mt. Slaughter block dish signal due to the azimuth and elevation telemetry requirements associated with current dish technology. While this problem is common in Cooper Landing due to the dramatic mountain landscape, there are many residential properties and commercial businesses around Cooper Landing that have a line of site around these two mountains within 3-5 miles of the property. We are hopeful that dish or internet technology will evolve in the future to enable us to provide cable TV for our guests. Until then we have installed the fastest DSL connection available in Cooper Landing to enable streaming of online content through the TV. If your favorite team is playing during your stay we recommend Sacketts, Gwins or the Sunrise Bar.
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Enjoy The Bear Den

  • 4 of 5

Four guys really enjoyed our stay at the Bear Den. The location is great for fishing the Upper Kenai. We cooked all our meals and found everything we needed. Unfortunately, it rained so we couldn't enjoy eating on the deck, but we did BBQ dinner each night. We are all good size guys and the loft was a little tight for 2 of us (low ceiling), but we survived.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place on the Kenai River.

  • 5 of 5

This is my second visit to the Bear Den. I will return. Love Cooper Landing, the fishing, rafting, and the cabin.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice.

  • 4 of 5

Great home base for a group for fishing. River behind the property was beautiful. Wish the fishing would be. Enter from the bank, but the owners can't do anything about that.

Great time with great friends

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property as described.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful time hiking, fishing and kayaking in seward. Would recommend

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Amazing view of the river and very nice accommodations! Loved it :))

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
98 Miles
Ted Stevens Anchorage Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.9 Miles
King Fisher Road House
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Russian River Ferry
Nearest Golf
43 Miles
Birch Ridge Golf Course
Nearest Train
65 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Sterling Hwy
Nearest Restaurant
1.4 Miles
Nearest Ski
67.5 Miles
Aleyeska Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
47 Miles
Car: necessary

Salmon fishing, trout fishing, 60 minutes to Seward for saltwater fishing, 40 minutes to Bing's Landing, 60 minutes to Kasilof River, 10 minutes to Quartz Creek, 10 Minutes to Russian River, 4 Minutes to Sacketts, 5 minutes to King Fisher Roadhouse,


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 3.0%

Additional guest fees do not apply for children under 18. Please enter 0 children in when booking online to get correct rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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