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The River House - Private 1.6 acre Upper Kenai Riverfront Home - Cooper Landing

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,319 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

The house is located a five hundred yards upriver on the opposite bank from the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge, just above the famous Upper River rapids. The living set up is ideal for a romantic couple, a family of 6 or 4-5 friends. Moose, bear, bald eagles, beavers, goats and mountain sheep are commonly seen from the property. Outside there are plentiful wild raspberries in late summer, an outdoor sauna and wade fishing for Rainbows and Dollies.

Wildlife viewing from the property in May can be fantastic before the river opens for fishing. Bald eagles frequently hunt from the trees in the backyard during the early season. The fly fishing for trophy rainbow trout and Dolly Varden on the upper river is tremendous between July and late October. In late September and October silver salmon begin to spawn in the river behind the house.

The fall season in Cooper Landing is arguably the most beautiful time of the year. As the summer season comes to an end the rainbow trout and silver salmon fishing is at its peak as the deciduous trees turn bright yellow and orange.

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.

Please checkout the video walkthrough and additional pictures on our facebook page below.

Google Earth Coordinates - 60°29'12.69'N 149°50'48.56'W (Russian River 5 miles), (Quartz Creek 5 miles), (Bing’s Landing 33 miles), (Seward 49 miles), (Anchorage 95 miles)

The River House can be rented with the Bear Den (VRBO #394863) if you party exceeds six.

Keywords: The River House, riverfront, fly fishing, river front, rainbow, trout, birding, photography, BBQ, eagles, salmon, privacy, Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge.

More Details

Ryan and Robin
Member since: 2009
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 19, 2018

About Ryan and Robin

There are few things I enjoy more than floating down the Upper Kenai and few places I find more peaceful than having a cup of coffee in the sun room. I was able 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 September in Cooper Landing, I strongly recommend it.

We have just completed our ninth consecutive rental season and plan to continue renting the house until we retire. We have continually reinvested a minimum of one third of the rental revenue back into the property for the last eight years.

It is extremely important to us that our guests have a trip of a life time while visiting the River House. We partnered with Jessica Larsen to professionally manage the property during your stay.

Ryan and Robin purchased this house in 2007

Why Ryan and Robin chose Cooper Landing

There are many houses available for rent in Cooper Landing, but few have the privacy and beauty of the River House. It is easy to spend hours in the sunroom staring at the florescent river, surrounding mountains and local birds.

Robins and Bald Eagles are the two most common bird species that can be seen on the property. While the mosquito is dubbed the "Alaska State Bird", between the river breeze and landscaped yard there are very few mosquitos or other biting insects on the property.

We recently added a trail to a fenced river overlook. The views from this overlook are stunning. The short trail crosses a creek that is located on the property and allows you to see 700 yards upstream.

Several of the local guides (year round residents) are very familiar with the River House and have spent considerable time fishing in the backyard. They can pick you up in a drift boat behind the house with no extra charge and spend some time explaining what is happening in the river at the time of your stay.

What makes this house unique

The Upper Kenai river is one of the most beautiful places we have come across. The house is extremely quiet and sits across from the drift only marker on the Upper Kenai (No motors allowed). Just above the property, the river begins to narrow and pick up current. The view from nearly every room in the house is breathtaking. The original house has been featured on the cover of several magazines over the years and was recently chosen for VRBO sweepstakes in 2015. Great effort has been made to maintain the trees on the property, while keeping them maintained to ensure views from all angles.

There are very few properties on the Kenai river with the privacy and scenery of this location. The property has blue spruce, choke cherry, lilac, cottonwood, spruce and birch trees with a landscaped grass yard.

In March and April the property is home to many bald eagles that feed throughout the day on spawning silver salmon. Brown bears frequent the property in May and early June and leave their mark on an annual basis. By late June the bears move a few miles down river to look for spawning salmon. Rainbows and Dollies can be caught easily for most of the summer and fall. In October Silver Salmon can be caught from the backyard.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Cooper Landing, Alaska

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2319 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • 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
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • 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 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , Master Bath with oversized oval tub
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private bathroom for downstairs bedroom
  • Upgraded to larger Bosch on demand hotwater heater in 2015.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Loft - 2 twin/ single , Upstairs - Connected by King mattress kit.
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Upstairs with a private 250 sq.ft. deck looking upriver
    Downstairs bedroom - 1 queen , Carpeted downstairs bedroom with private bath
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • whitewater rafting
The owner does not live onsite. Chest freezer and coolers available for guest use in laundry room.


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The River House - Private 1.6 acre Upper Kenai Riverfront Home - Cooper Landing
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 30 reviews

Our Salmon Fishing Adventure

  • 5 of 5

A great location with beautiful views

The River House was a great get away for us

Loved having a grill and laundry.

Big bath tub was a welcome after freezing our toes salmon fishing

  • Submitted: 17-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Heaven on earth

  • 5 of 5

Our experience at River House could not have been more perfect! When we first walked in it brought tears to our eyes, as we have wanted this trip for years. The house was just as pictured and so was the view from the river. The best thing, since it rained everyday, was that we could sit inside the cozy house and enjoy the same view as if we were on the deck. Jessica was wonderfully helpful and answered our every need. Thank you so much for sharing this heavenly place with us. We can't wait to come back and will recommend it to our friends.

  • Submitted: 5-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved The River House!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at The River House was amazing. The view of the Kenai River was beautiful, and the house was everything we hoped for. It was equipped with everything we needed. Cooper Landing was the perfect place to stay as the town was the middle point for all of our planned destinations and activities.

I recommend The Rive House to everyone. The River House Management staff was very helpful. We will definitely book this house again!!!!

Thank you for making our first trip to Alaska memorable.

The Kopka/Lewis Family

  • Submitted: 24-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Wonderful setting, clean.

  • 4 of 5

We really liked the location and setting. Plenty of room but odd layout. For example, no main level bath other than the one off the master? bedroom. Was clean, no odors at all (smoke, musty, or fish) which was great but ready for some updating and touch ups. We liked it overall and it met our needs. Gas grill was very clean and worked well. Only real issue was that several of the mattresses were very soft and made for bad back issues for one of us. Could not stay again with the current main room bed.

  • Submitted: 2-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Property

  • 5 of 5

The River House is absolutely amazing in every way! The views from the house are breathtaking. It was very clean and had all the comforts of home. The location is perfect especially for fishing activities. It was definitely hard to leave at the end of our vacation but we hope to be back one day soon. Highly recommend the River House for anyone looking to stay in Cooper Landing. Thanks for sharing your house...we had a great time!

  • Submitted: 9-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Abosolutely Beautiful Stay

  • 5 of 5

Could not ask for a better place to stay for our last 4 nights in Alaska!! It had everything, clean, plenty of room, comfortable furniture, beautiful yard with a river view that is mesmerizing. Caught 9 Dolly Varden's from the front yard. Kenai Cache Outfitters were very friendly and set us up with the lures we needed to use. Also would highly recommend the Drifters Lodge for a river rafting trip and fishing trip. We did a 1/2 day walk-in trip on the Russian River during the salmon run and it was the high light of our trip. We caught our limit of 6 salmon in short order. They tasted so good on the grill when we got back to the camp. Caretakers were very friendly and available for anything you might need. Home owners were also very friendly and responded to any questions we had before our trip promptly. This would be a top spot to stay if we ever return again.


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  • Submitted: 2-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
98 Miles
Ted Stevens International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Russian River Ferry
Nearest Golf
43 Miles
Birch Ridge Golf Course
Nearest Train
65 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Sterling Highway
Nearest Restaurant
1.2 Miles
Nearest Ski
67.5 Miles
Aleyska Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
47 Miles
Car: necessary

The property is 49 miles from Seward, 120 miles from Homer and 65 miles from Whittier. The Russian River and mouth or Quartz creek are both 5 miles from the property.

The home sits on the Southside of the Kenai River on one of the few low bank frontage lots in Cooper Landing at the beginning of the drift only corridor of the Upper Kenai.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Cooper Landing, Alaska

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 26-Jun 29, 2018
Jun 26 2018 - Jun 29 2018
2 night minimum stay
July 11, 2018
Jul 11 2018 - Jul 11 2018
1 night minimum stay
July 16, 2018
Jul 16 2018 - Jul 16 2018
1 night minimum stay
Aug 5-8, 2018
Aug 5 2018 - Aug 8 2018
2 night minimum stay
Aug 24-27, 2018
Aug 24 2018 - Aug 26 2018
2 night minimum stay
Aug 31-Sep 8, 2018
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 8 2018
3 night minimum stay
Sep 9-15, 2018
Sep 9 2018 - Sep 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
Sep 22-29, 2018
Sep 22 2018 - Sep 29 2018
2 night minimum stay
Sep 30-Oct 27,2018
Sep 30 2018 - Oct 27 2018
3 night minimum stay
May 1-16, 2019
May 1 2019 - May 16 2019
2 night minimum stay
May 17-23, 2019
May 17 2019 - May 23 2019
2 night minimum stay
May 24-31, 2019
May 24 2019 - May 31 2019
2 night minimum stay
Jun 1-13,2019
Jun 1 2019 - Jun 13 2019
2 night minimum stay
Jun 14-20, 2019
Jun 14 2019 - Jun 20 2019
3 night minimum stay
Jun 21-July 6, 2019
Jun 21 2019 - Jul 6 2019
3 night minimum stay
Jul 7-18, 2019
Jul 7 2019 - Jul 18 2019
3 night minimum stay
Jul 19-Aug 3, 2019
Jul 19 2019 - Aug 3 2019
3 night minimum stay
Aug 4th-24th, 2019
Aug 4 2019 - Aug 24 2019
3 night minimum stay
Aug 25-Sep 7, 2019
Aug 25 2019 - Sep 7 2019
3 night minimum stay
Sep 8-14, 2019
Sep 8 2019 - Sep 14 2019
3 night minimum stay
Sep 15-21, 2019
Sep 15 2019 - Sep 21 2019
3 night minimum stay
Sep 22-Oct 19, 2019
Sep 22 2019 - Oct 19 2019
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$53 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$165.05

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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