General Activities


Scenic Rafting – Class 1 and 2 

Explore the upper Kenai River. This is a float trip that all ages can enjoy—a spectacular, two hour 7 mile, 3 hour 12 mile or 5-6 hour 26 mile scenic raft trip, including wildlife viewing and educational talks. Rafts set sail at various times throughout the day. Everyone is invited on this float. See Drifter’s Lodge Scenic Float / Rafting page.

Alaska LodgingGuided Fishing

All year long and any kind of fish you seek (King Salmon, Red Salmon, Silver Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Steelhead, Halibut and more.) See Drifter’s Lodge’s many pages of Fishing.

Guided Hike in Fishing to Mountain Lakes 

There are many wonderful hiking opportunities available, from easy to challenging. Trail heads are easily accessible from the lodge. Awesome views can be enjoyed of the Kenai Lake and the Cooper Landing Valley. 

Walk-In guided Fishing to Local Rivers and Streams

Rainbow trout and Dolly Varden, plus Russian River Red Salmon and Silver Salmon are available. Call for info. 1/2 and full day fishing trips available.  See our Fishing Trips page.

Guided Hiking

Allow one of our experienced guides to lead you into the Backcountry of the Kenai Peninsula’s Chugach National Forest. Choose from the many hiking trails in the Cooper Landing Area. See Drifters Lodge Guided Hiking page


Many wonderful hiking opportunities await you in the vicinity, ranging from easy to challenging. Trailheads are easily accessible from the lodge. Awesome views can be enjoyed of the Kenai Lake and the Cooper Landing Valley. See Drifters Lodge Hiking Trails Page

Whitewater RaftingWhite Water Rafting: Class 4 and 5

Spring, summer or fall. Raft on Six Mile Creek, through three canyons on class IV and V rapids. Professional white water companies, with 20 years of experience, will get you through this exhilarating adventure. See Drifter’s Lodge White Water Rafting page.

Bear Viewing /  Fishing  / Flight-Seeing Float Plane

Take off  on a lake, Fly on an eight seat float plane to the west side of Cook Inlet to watch Black and Brown Bears eating the fish they catch, oh ya and you get to fish (easy) and flight seeing all in one. (The best we have found)  Call for info. 

Kenai Lake Kayaking 

Explore the shoreline of the Kenai Lake or spend the night on Porcupine Island. Trip meeting times are 9:00am for Porcupine Island Overnighter and Porcupine Island Full Day Tour. For Quartz Creek Half Day Tour. 


Choose from a quick 15 minute scenic float plane ride, around the Cooper Landing area, to a 90 minute glacier and wildlife tour. You say that you don’t have time to go to Denali Park, think again. In 4.5 hours, 5 people can fly up to and around Mt McKinley and back. Hiking drop-offs are available. That’s right, they drop you off on top of the mountain and you get to hike downhill to your car (not too bad). See Drifter’s Lodge Flight-Seeing page.

Fly-Out Fishing 

For guided, or drop off fishing: King Salmon, Red Salmon, Silver Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Steelhead, Grayling and Arctic Char. See Drifter’s Lodge Fly-Out Fishing page.

Ocean Fishing: Halibut, King and Silver Salmon

Halibut and Ocean King Salmon charters are available from Seward, Homer, Deep Creek and Whittier. We can give you some ideas. Call for info and see Drifter’s Lodge Ocean Fishing page.

Middle Kenai River WildlifeBird Watching 

If you are a bird lover, Cooper Landing is phenomenal for sighting many bird species. The lodge has a great observation deck. So many birds, so little time! Please see our Bird Watching page and consider a Guided Hike to observe these birds in their natural habitats.

Mountain Biking 

Cooper Landing has some of the best mountain biking in the entire world, starting right here at Kenai River Drifter’s Lodge. In addition to spectacular scenery, you will encounter different kinds of wildlife as you cruise these world class trails. In the past, we have accommodated mountain bikers from Peru, Mexico, Sweden and many states in the U.S. See Drifter’s Lodge Mountain Biking  page

Philips 26 Glacier Cruise

Cruise 26 glaciers in one day! You will board the largest, fastest, and most luxurious catamaran in Alaska. Observe sea otters, seals, whales and bird rookeries. A hot meal may be included on many excursions. See our Wildlife / Glacier Cruise Page

Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

Special Discounts may be available thru Drifters Lodge. There are two companies available, call for our recommendation. You can see puffins, whales, sea lions, Orcas, Porpoise and otters. Call the lodge for discounted pricing. See the Wildlife / Glacier Cruise page.

Nightly Campfire 

Enjoy each evening at the campfire. Marshmallows are provided. Located in front of the cabins, overlooking the Kenai River; it is a great way to end the day. If you or your children would like to be the fire-builder during your stay, please let us know. Many memories will be made here. See the Campfire page

Sauna Therapy 

Relax at the lodge, in the new, cedar, Swedish sauna, which sits at the river’s edge. Enjoy the awesome view of the Kenai River and Chugach Mountains from the large picture window overlooking the river. Open all year. See the Sauna page

Horseback Riding – Horseback riding is available for all levels of experience.; half day guided trail ride.

Massage Therapy Enjoy a relaxing massage from a licensed masseuse in the privacy and comfort of your chalet at Drifter’s Lodge or at the masseuse building, located just 3 minutes away. 30 minutes – 1 hour. We recommend you book this when you book your trip. Call for pricing and availability.

Cooper Lake Drive This is a large and beautiful lake, about a thirteen mile drive down Snug Harbor Road. From the lodge, take a right before the bridge. Most of the road is dirt, but in good condition. It takes about forty-five minutes each way.

Quartz Creek Drive- This is a trip through the back-country in Cooper Landing. You’ll go past mountain streams as you drive through the Chugach National Forest. It is a beautiful, 30 minute drive through the forest.

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