Kenai Peninsula Canoe Trails
Swanson River Canoe Route
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This canoe route links more than 40 lakes with 46 miles of Swanson River.
The entire 80 mile route can be traveled in less than one week. Leisurely
travel will provide opportunities for fishing, wildlife viewing, and camping.
Canoeists can enter the headwaters of the Swanson River (via Gene Lake outlet)
and float to the Swanson River access area (19 miles) or continue to the North
Kenai Road bridge, 24 miles further downstream.
From Paddle Lake one day is required to reach Gene Lake by either the east
or west route. There are many shallow areas and two short portages along the
Gene Lake outlet to Swanson River.
Waterways east of Pepper and Eider Lakes as well as the upper Swanson River
to Wild Lake are narrow and vegetated providing difficult passage. The current
in upper Swanson River is slow. The upper two miles may require additional
effort to push through lily pads during the late summer if the river is low.
It is difficult to locate campsites on Swanson River. The land near the
river is low and marshy along most of its route. The best sites are nearby
hills or rises.
Alternate routes and approximate travel time:
Paddle Lake to Gene Lake
Gene Lake to Swanson River Campground
1-1 1/2 days|
Swanson River access area to Cook Inlet
1-2 days ||
Paddle Lake via Eider Lake to King Lake
Paddle Lake via Lynx Lake to King Lake
Rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, and red and silver salmon inhabit most lakes
with the exception of Berry, Redpoll, Twig, Eider, Birchtree and Olsjold Lakes.
Introduction | Swanson River Route | Swan Lake Route | Need To Know Info
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