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Russian River

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Address: Kenai, AK
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One of the most popular fishing streams in the Kenai Peninsula area.

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Bear Viewing

If you find yourself on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska you have to stop at one and view the Russian River. The water is so clean, clear, and beautiful. If you like to fish this... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 November 2015
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Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2015

If you find yourself on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska you have to stop at one and view the Russian River. The water is so clean, clear, and beautiful. If you like to fish this river is famous for its salmon run. Russian River is also a popular hunting spot for bears. The best time to see bears feasting on... More 

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La Jolla, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015

Check out the Russian Falls Hike where you can see the salmon as they attempt to swim up stream. Nice flat, easy hike, watch out for bears!

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Battle Creek, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

A well maintained trail with a moderate elevation gain leading to the falls. Lots of salmon were in the pools at the base of the falls trying to make their way upriver. I did not see any bear, but many people I spoke to said the bear frequently feed here (especially in the early evening) when the salmon are running.

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Seward, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

We took boat out on Russian River for a day fishing trip. Lots of fish and the river was running pretty strong. Beautiful scenery.

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1 Thank Carol L
Boone, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015

We hiked to Russian River Falls, which was more like a long walk. It's like an old logging road, wide and primarily flat. The view of the falls was nice. We saw salmon trying to jump up the falls. It's a nice spot for an easy hike.

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Palmer, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

The campgrounds and port-a-johns are clean and well maintained. There are walk ways to and from the river and a handicap ramp, but it is quite long and there is a moderate incline. You could also encounter bears at the river (both black and brown).

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Kenai
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

A great hike approx 90-120minutes one way. Gentle incline going up and nice decline returning. The falls are magnificent. You can watch salmon jumping in their return to spawn in july and august. Don't forget the camera and the bear spray!

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1 Thank Colleenfromalaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015 via mobile

Though the salmon run was past peak we still got to watch many try to scale the falls. We didn't see any bear but if we had it would have been perfect and safe from the viewing platform high above the river. The hike was not steep and the oath was more like a well maintained crushed rock roadway. It... More 

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east coast
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015 via mobile

Absolute beauty surrounds on this river. I fished near the ferry and limited out with reds within about 2 hours. The bears were coming out each evening I was here so be careful!!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2015

This pristine piece of Alaskan wilderness has been carefully preserved by the implementation of the boardwalk that parallels the river for a few miles. This makes it easy to observe the flora and fauna from an elevated platform keeping you and others from walking all over the ferns that cover the landscape. Bears are quite common and the sockeye salmon... More 

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