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 2 motels, several RV parks, 2 gas stations, a laundromat, several restaurants and cafes, the Sterling Baptist Church and gift, grocery and hardware/automotive supply.
- 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.