A dozen miles west of the Seward Highway junction is Cooper Landing (www.cooperlandingchamber.com), with a scattering of businesses—motels, restaurants, gas stations, and tackle shops—on both sides of the Sterling Highway. A visitors cabin (unstaffed) next to the boat launch on the south side of the Kenai River bridge is open daily in the summer.
The little Cooper Landing Museum (907/595-3500, www.cooperlandingmuseum.com) at Mile 49 houses the articulated skeleton of a brown bear, historical items, and other items in two old cabins.
Getting to Cooper Landing
Homer Stage Line (907/235-2252, www.homerstageline.com) runs to Anchorage, Homer, and Seward. Service is daily to Anchorage in the summer, twice weekly in winter. Seward runs are daily in summer, three times a week the rest of the year.
At Mile 48, Wildman’s (907/595-1456 or 866/595-1456, www.wildmans.org) has a laundry with showers, and offers a shuttle service. Gwin’s Lodge also has a shuttle service for folks floating the river.
© Don Pitcher from Moon Alaska, 10th Edition