The Sunrise Inn is a year-round, full-service café, bar, and motel in Cooper Landing, Alaska. We are located at milepost 45 of the Sterling Highway and offer many amenities for those passing through or looking to stay awhile. In addition to food and lodging, we also have an RV park, gasoline pumps, and propane refills.
Who We Are
Built in 1952, one year after Cooper Landing was connected to Anchorage by road, the Sunrise Inn is an original Alaskan Road House. Initially called Bryson’s Place, owned by Elnor and Roy Bryson, it offered customers a café, gas station, grocery store, cabins, and showers. The name was changed to Sunrise Inn in 1960 and has been in operation every year since. Many Alaskans have been stopping here for over 65 years. We must be doing something right!
In the heart of the Chugach National Forest, Cooper Landing was founded in 1884 when Joseph Cooper, a prospector, discovered gold in the area. The town of 300 year-round residents is still booming. We are blessed to be located on Kenai Lake and at the headwaters of the famous Kenai River. Our central location on the Kenai Peninsula makes us the perfect choice for your home base. We are committed to make your once in a lifetime vacation an annual adventure as part of your heart will be left here after visiting Cooper Landing.
Cooper Landing will bring out the outdoor enthusiast in all of us. We are surrounded by opportunities for salmon and trout fishing, hiking, rafting, biking, kayaking, wildlife viewing, sightseeing, flight seeing, gold panning, horseback riding, snow machining, ice skating, and finally relaxing around our fire pit with your favorite beverage. We are happy to pass on any recommendations you may need for guide services or general suggestions.
Where We Are
We are the first business you see, on the left, as you come to Cooper Landing from Anchorage. Here, you are close to everything:
3-minute walk to the Kenai Lake boat launch, enjoy kayaking or beach walking.
5-minute walk to Quartz Creek for excellent fly fishing.
5-minute drive to the world famous Kenai River.
10-minute drive to the Russian River, where trophy trout and salmon lurk.
We are just a one hour drive to Seward—home to Exit Glacier, salt water fishing, the Alaska Sea Life Center, and the Kenai Fjords National Park.
And a one hour drive to Soldotna—home to record King Salmon fishing.
We are also just an easy two and half hours’ drive to Homer—halibut capital of the world.