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Southcentral Region
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
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Ski Hill Road
Soldotna, Alaska   99669 2139

Phone: 907-262-7021
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Alaska's Kenai Peninsula is, in geologic terms, still quite "young," since its entire land mass was covered by glacial ice as recently as 10,000 years ago. Much of that frozen blanket still exists today, in the form of the more than 800-square mile Harding Ice Field, which the refuge "shares" with Kenai Fjords National Park.

The grudging withdrawal of the Harding Ice Field has helped to make the lands of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge a "miniature Alaska." Today, the refuge includes examples of every major Alaska habitat type. The refuge is an Alaska in miniature in its diversity of wildlife, as well. Sport fish bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to the peninsula each year. Eager anglers can pursue chinook, sockeye, coho and pink salmon; as well as northern pike, Dolly Varden char, rainbow trout, arctic grayling and steelhead. The refuge is also home to brown and black bears, caribou, Dall sheep, mountain goats, wolves, lynx, wolverines, eagles and thousands of shorebirds and waterfowl, not to mention the mighty Alaska-Yukon moose that the refuge was originally established (as the Kenai National Moose Range) to protect.

Today. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge's wealth of habitat, scenery and wildlife draws a half a million visitors a year, more than any other wildlife refuge in Alaska.

Nature of the Area
The refuge often called "Alaska in miniature" is home to a wide variety of wildlife including moose, eagles, brown and black bears, lynx, wolves, and trumpeter swans.

History of the Area
The cultural history of the Kenai Peninsula spans 10,000 years; there are five distinct cultural traditions and both Indian and Eskimo occupations.

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Area Accommodations (over 20 miles away)
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Cottages and Cabins
This beautiful Eco-Lodge is located on a privately owned, remote beach inside Alaska's Kachemak Bay State Park, midway between the villages of Seldovia and Halibut Cove, and only 10 miles by boat from Homer, Alaska, the Bear Viewing Capital of the World.
43.7 miles from park*
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Bear Paw Adventure - ANCHOR POINT, AK
Cottages and Cabins
Bear Paw Adventure's first class, completely equipped log vacation homes and cabins offer Alaskan decor and everything you want for a great stay. Private, natural area located near historic Anchor Point on the Kenai Peninsula. See eagles and moose as you relax on your private BBQ deck.
59.9 miles from park*
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Driving from Anchorage, take the Seward Highway south to the Sterling Highway; the eastern refuge boundary is at milepost 55 of the Sterling Highway. Another five miles from the boundary is a Visitor Contact Station (open from Memorial Day through Labor Day) and the west entrance to the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area. Continuing on to Soldotna will bring you to the refuge visitor center and headquarters, which is found by taking a left onto Funny River Road, then turning right (before the hardware store) onto Ski Hill Road.

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