Keith M.
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2020

Fun place with restaurant, bar, store, liquor, to-go foods.

Great base location in the central Kenai Peninsula. Easy commute to Seward, Kenai, Sterling, (1 hour) or Homer (2 hours). Many excellent trails all around the mountain and Kenai and Russian River area where Gwins Lodge and Roadhouse is located. Primitive only. Porta-John. Bring water. Fire wood for sale as well as liquor, beer and wine on-site. MJ 420 store 1 mile east. Fun place with restaurant, bar, store, liquor, to-go foods.

  • Kenai River is 100 ft. across the Sterling Hwy. The Russian River comes in about 2 miles downstream. Famous for salmon fishing.
  • Inside historic Gwins Lodge Roadhouse restaurant. Bar is on the other side of the wall.
  • Gwins Lodge Roadhouse bar is fun
  • Gwins Lodge books local guides to fish the Kenai and Russian Rivers. Also salt water trips out of Seward and Homer for Halibut, Salmon, rock fish, etc. Book via email at or 907.398.3987
  • Front of Gwins Lodge. Liquor, tackle and gift store and fishing rod and gear rentals also. Call for camping sites as they are not online like the CABINS are.
  • Gwins guest sent in this picture
  • Dry PINE cabin 17 has 2 bunk beds and cabin 16 and one bunk bed and a couch. No bath or water but under $100. Other cabins with baths and homes from $125 to $350.
  • The camp spaces are above this area. The drive goes around in a loop.
  • You can fish with the bears and you don't need a $800 fly in trip to see them if you are patient and have nerve. (Note: A potential hazard. Take a gun or take/buy/rent bear spray. )
  • Gwins Eddy right 100' across the Sterling Hwy Milepost 52
  • Lots of bears in the area; both black and brown.
  • Trail to Rainbow lake up above Kenai Lake off Snug Harbor road.
  • Kenai Lake is 4 miles up river
  • Rainbow lake is a popular hiking and blue berry spot. People swim off a point at the end of the trail.
  • The perfect place for photography!
  • Great photography opportunities everywhere! Really neat mushrooms come up in the Fall and make good photo subjects.
  • View of one of the Volcanoes visible across the bay west of Anchorage. Taken while returning from a day trip to Homer. There are pull outs between Anchor Point and Ninilchik.
  • A local using the convenient stairs down to the Russian River board walk. Do the board walk and the RR Falls trail! The Gwins Lodge store (check-in point) can give hiking and fishing advice.
  • Be careful driving. People fall asleep or look at scenery while driving. There is no or little shoulder on many roads.
  • Baluga whales can sometimes be seen on the drive down from Anchorage to Gwins Lodge in Cooper Landing.  This is perhaps near mile 105 approximately. The whales follow the fish up during high tide. Bare and dangerous silt bottom will be exposed during low tide. Do not walk out on as you  can sink in and not get out before the tide comes back in rapidly.
  • Hello! Moose are more dangerous than the bears so don't be riding or getting too close!

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