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Occupying the heart of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge was established to protect moose and other wildlife. The refuge is headquartered in nearby Soldotna, and covers 2 million acres of rolling forests and lakes. Minnesotans will feel at home here, with two canoe routes linking dozens of small lakes. Canoe rentals are available, and Soldotna shops have outdoor and fishing gear. The Kenai River and its tributaries are a focal point for anglers, particularly at the confluence of the Kenai and Russian Rivers, famous for elbow-to-elbow fishermen when the red (sockeye) salmon are running. The river-powered Russian River ...

Occupying the heart of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge was established to protect moose and other wildlife. The refuge is headquartered in nearby Soldotna, and covers 2 million acres of rolling forests and lakes. Minnesotans will feel at home here, with two canoe routes linking dozens of small lakes. Canoe rentals are available, and Soldotna shops have outdoor and fishing gear. The Kenai River and its tributaries are a focal point for anglers, particularly at the confluence of the Kenai and Russian Rivers, famous for elbow-to-elbow fishermen when the red (sockeye) salmon are running. The river-powered Russian River Ferry takes folks across the river for the best shore-side fishing sites. Guided rafting and boating are also popular fishing options. A number of Fish & Wildlife Service cabins are scattered around the refuge, along with several excellent campgrounds off Skilak Lake Loop Road. Hiking trails fan out to backcountry lakes and into the mountains; an easy one is the Bear Mountain Trail, a one-mile hike to a dramatic vista. Stop by the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Soldotna for an introduction to the refuge. Lodging and food can be found in Sterling, Soldotna, Cooper Landing, and Kenai.

Don Pitcher
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Don Pitcher has written or photographed 10 travel guidebooks to Alaska, Wyoming, Yellowstone-Grand Teton, and the San Juan Islands for Avalon Travel Publishing, Random House, and Sasquatch Books.

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  • Location: Wildlife preserve located on the Kenai Peninsula in Southcentral Alaska
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