Sterling is located on the Sterling Highway, 81 miles from Seward, 134 miles from Anchorage and 98 miles from Homer, at the confluence of the Moose and Kenai rivers.
This unincorporated community serves the summer influx of Kenai River sportfishermen, campers and canoeists paddling the Moose and Swanson rivers. The name Sterling was formalized in 1954 when a post office was established.
Sterling has a post office and a school. Traveler services include several restaurants and cafes, gift shops, grocery and hardware/automotive supply. Camping at Bing’s Landing State Recreation Site. PW Knives knife and gift shop is 5 miles east of town. Cook's Corner has gas/diesel/propane with ATM and convenience store and sani-dump; 907-262-6021. For vehicle maintenance and repair, Moose River RV & Auto Parts; phone 907-262-5333. Sunday services are held at Sterling Baptist Church. Laudromat on Robinson Loop/Swanson River Road (turn at Baptist Church) for The Wash Out Laundromat, phone 907-262-7666.
- Moose River Raft Race and Sterling Days are held in July.
- Canoeing the Swanson River Canoe Trail.
- Camping and fishing at recreation sites on the Moose, Swanson and Kenai rivers.