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Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Overview
The Kenai Refuge consists of the western slopes of the Kenai Mountains and forested lowlands bordering Cook Inlet. The lowlands are composed of spruce and birch forests intermingled with hundreds of lakes. The Kenai Mountains with their glaciers rise to more than 6,000 feet, presenting a barrier on the southeastern boundary of the refuge. The refuge is a miniature Alaska, with all habitat types of the statetundra, mountains, wetlands and forest.
Kenai Refuge was established by President Roosevelt to preserve and maintain the large population of moose on the Kenai Peninsula. In addition, the refuge is host to Dall sheep, mountain goat, caribou, coyote, wolf, grizzly bear, black bear, lynx, wolverine, beaver, small mammals and birds. Kenai Refuge provides undisturbed spawning for many Cook Inlet salmon.
VISITOR USE: The refuge is accessible from the Sterling Highway. Travelers are treated to a panoramic view along the 110-mile drive from Anchorage to Kenai's mid-eastern boundary. Fishing is excellent. There are over 200 miles of established trails and routes including the Swanson River Canoe Trail. Visitors can fly to remote lakes, take horse pack trips into roadless areas or float a whitewater river. Developed facilities are available year-round for day and overnight camping.
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