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Alaska Fishing Trips On The Legendary Kenai River

Drifters Lodge is built in the heart of Cooper Landing, Alaska, right on the banks of the world-famous Kenai River. The small mountain town of Cooper Landing was initially settled as a frontier gold and trapping town. It has since transformed into one of the top destinations for fishing trips in Alaska. Surrounded by mountains and national forest land, our lodge is a place where you can escape your regular routine and experience all the fishing and outdoor adventures available on the Kenai Peninsula – Alaska’s Playground.

Drifters Lodge is your gateway to Alaskan outdoor adventures, whether you choose a guided fishing trip, scenic float, or an All-Inclusive fishing package vacation. The lodge boasts picturesque riverside cabins, each with their own river and mountain views. We are located in a central location that will become your home base to experience world-class fishing up and down all 82 miles of the Kenai River and its tributaries, as well as the Kasilof River and local lakes. Our fishing tours will give you the best chance to catch all Alaska has to offer including trophy rainbow trout, king salmon, sockeye salmon, silver salmon, dolly varden, and arctic grayling.

The variety of guided fishing trips will amaze you. Runs of sockeye (red), coho (silver), and chinook (king) salmon arrive throughout the summer, and our rainbow trout are a magnificent prize to target all season long. The Kenai, Kasilof and Russian Rivers are renowned, but our lesser known streams and alpine lakes add remarkable depth to the fishing opportunities. You might take a float plane to a nearby alpine lake for arctic grayling, or hike into a small, crystal clear stream to pick out trout and dolly varden behind spawning salmon. No matter the time of year, there is something special to discover.

In addition to some of the best fishing offered in the region, Drifters Lodge has everything a nature lover could want. Be sure to book a scenic float trip! A knowledgeable rafting guide will row you and your group along the glacial waters of the Kenai River looking for eagles, moose, bears, and spectacular views around every bend.

Looking for one place that does it all? You’ll get more than a world-class Alaskan fishing trip at Drifters Lodge. Our All-Inclusive packages make for the ideal vacation. Leave the planning to us. We’ll pick you up from the airport, provide you with everything from meals to all the gear you’ll need, set you up in a private cabin, and so much more. All you have to worry about is reeling in the trophy fish!

Our fishing packages are fully customizable to match your needs. Our Premium and All-Inclusive packages both include breakfast, packed lunches, fishing licenses, fish processing, and all the gear you need. And in every package, the itinerary is built from scratch based on your wish list. Choose to upgrade to fly-in destinations, or take a breaks from fishing to hike or raft. We pride ourselves in flexibility. If you have a perfect Alaska fishing trip on mind, we will do everything in our power to make it happen.

Our guides and staff are here to make your trip extraordinary. It’s our passion to make your Alaskan fishing dreams come to life. We will work with you every step of the way to make it happen!



  • Experience one of the premiere fishing destinations in the world.
  • Kenai River rafting adventures for all ages.
  • Easy to challenging hiking adventures.
  • Glacier and wildlife catamaran or float plane tours.


Cozy, rustic, and the perfect place to relax

Drifters Lodge has accommodations ranging from individual rooms to self-contained, private cabins to private riverfront houses

The Kenai River

World-class trout and salmon fishery

Cooper Landing is the perfect blend of wilderness and small town charm.


Great fishing and scenery

Alaska is one of the premier destinations in the world for fishing trips.


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Our seasoned, professional guides will assist in your pursuit of Trophy fish.


Bob & Stephanie: I just wanted to let you know how much we (myself, my daughter, my son-in-law) enjoyed our rafting trip with Evan on 9/6/13. He did a fabulous job pointing out animals and things of interest…learned about Bob’s rock!!   The rafting trip was one of the highlights of my Alaska vacation/cruise. thanks to Evan. Regards, Doris Schalka.

Doris Schalka

Dear Bob, Thank you for such a lovely stay.  All 7 of us had a SUPER time! Drifter’s Lodge is fantastic! We highly recommend it! It’s beautiful there, as well as being centrally located for hiking, fishing, visiting, Seward and Homer, Exit Glacier (we went all the way to the top!) Thank Jefferson for the kayak arrangement. 2 loons seranaded us 3 gals right next to our kayak on Peterson Lake… a mystical experience. Thanks again, Bettie and Rudy Rikansrud.

Bettie and Rudy Rikansrud

Dear Bob and all at Drifters Lodge, We loved it!! That was one of the finest vacations we have ever taken! The cabin, the staff, the guides and the fishing were incredible. Thank you so much and we plan to see you next year!

Rene, Carly, and Cassidy Laminack (the Texas ladies)

I just wanted to tell you how much fun we had with our special guide, Marisa. She was wonderful with both my 85-year old mother and 4-year old grandson (who, by the way, has talked non-stop about “rowing”  the boat). We all laughed so hard during our trip that my that my sides are still aching. Marisa was wonderful and if we manage to go again next year, we’ll definitely request her. She’s first class all the way!


Hey there! Just wanted to say that we LOVED our stay at Drifter’s Lodge!! We have already recommended you to several of our friends. We look forward to stopping by to say “howdy” with the whole family as we pass through on August 29.  I have attached the fish picture we showed you as we left! Thanks Again!!

Brian and Mark Seed, Bend, Oregon

Bob, Just wanted to put in a plug for  Matty. Float on Thursday was awesome (except for the wind blowing us back upriver). While I don’t float with guides a whole lot, out of the half dozen trips in the last 2 of 3 years this way was by far the funnest one. He put in a hard day’s work to get us some awesome fish, and other than rowing against the wind, seemed to have a good time also. Kudos. Thanks Curtis


Hi there, we just wanted to say a big thank you for a brilliant time fishing yesterday afternoon. Pat was excellent as a guide, and extremely patient as we learnt how to fish.  It was a real highlight to our vacation, and none of our friends back in the UK can really believe we managed to catch fish at our first ever attempt! You looked after us really well and made it very easy with getting fitted out, getting our licenses (and even helping us back the RV out!)

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Drifters Lodge

Phone: (907) 595-5555
Email: [email protected]

Mile 48.3 Sterling Hwy
18404 Sterling Hwy
Cooper Landing, Alaska 99572