Russian River (Alaska)

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Russian River
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Salmon jumping in the Russian River
Location: Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Depth: Shallow
Famous for: Fishing, especially Salmon

For other uses, see Russian River.

Looking up the Russian River

The Russian River is a 13-mile-long (21 km) river on the Kenai Peninsula in the U.S. state of Alaska. It flows northward from Upper Russian Lake in the Kenai Mountains through Lower Russian Lake, draining into the Kenai River at the town of Cooper Landing. The native Denaina people called this river Chunuk'tnu.[1]

Like the Kenai, the Russian River is famous for its fishing, especially for salmon. There are two runs of sockeye salmon each year, in mid-June and mid-July, and a run of silver salmon in August.

There is no direct road access to the river. It can be accessed either by hiking in or by a privately operated ferry that crosses the Kenai and takes fishermen to the mouth of the Russian.[2]

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Coordinates: 60°29′12″N 150°00′02″W / 60.48667°N 150.00056°W / 60.48667; -150.00056