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Difficulty II-III
Length 18 Miles
Flow Range 200 - 15000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 20 minutes ago 4940 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/20/2003 9:54 pm

River Description

Jack Hession, Sierra Club, Anchorage, AK

Rapid Descriptions


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Kyle Roth
9 years ago

4-16-2011 Kenai River (Kenai Lake Boat Launch to Jim's Landing) Boat: Liquid Logic XP Remix 10 and NRS Otter We did our first float of the year today. The river was flowing at 390 (cfs) and 38 (deg F). We launched just below Kenai Lake in Cooper's Landing. The river was slow going until the first rapid set near the Kenai Princess Lodge. This rapid was a short solid II. We encountered sets of smaller rapids throughout the trip and all were easily negotiated. Medium sized boils were present in deeper pools. Recommend this float for a begginer however there were several areas that the river dragged and we walked to Russian River Ferry pullout from a 1000 yards up river. There was also several good edding oppurtunities for begginers but not a lot of ferrying due to the low water levels. The ice had receded several feet back past the bank from Cooper's to Russian River Ferry making portage possible is necessary. However the ice still lined the banks in some areas from Russian to Jim's but portage was still possible if necessary.

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Kyle Roth
9 years ago

If floating the river in early to mid April please check and refer to the Search River Notes section for information concerning ice on river. We were advised not to run through the canyon below Jim's landing due to the presence of ice. Skilak Lake is also frozen at this time

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Date Flow Result Factor  
2004-06-20 n/a Fatality Cold Water Read More




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