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Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

1 Ski Hill Road, Soldotna (Not Kenai), Kenai, AK 99669
907262-7021
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Ranked #2 of 15 attractions in Kenai
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Most recent review
- Jun 30, 2014
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Columbus, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I've always visited after the main building in Soldotna had closed. There is an old sourdough cabin on one trail. Many interesting mushrooms, tree bark, moss and stone outcroppings to photograph. I was privileged to photograph two bald eagles in the top of a tree above me as well as a huge moose hoof print! No one else was around.... More

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Simi Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Hubby & I drove the Skilak Lake Road when heading from Soldotna to Seward. The road is in good condition 90 % of the way...the last few miles there was mud and puddles but we managed fine in the rental car. We didn't see any wildlife along the road as we were hoping to. There are a few turn offs... More

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Washington D.C.
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This is a small but beautiful refuge. Especially enjoyed the bears and views. Glad to contribute to a worthy cause. Kid friendly and good photo stop. Drive from Anchorage to Seward not to be missed. Watch for moose and distracted drivers on the drive and enjoy!

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We went there late Aug 2013. Honestly, we did not see that much wildlife (at least compared to other places in Alaska, and we are probably spoiled). The real reason I wrote this review was to talk about the cabins available for rent, especially the Upper Ohmer. There are lots of cabins for rental, but they can be a hike.... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

This is a great place to stop on your way down to Seward or the Kenai, especially for vacationers. You can get an up close view of moose, bear and even porcupine. I took alot of visitors there when they come to town.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Terrific. Must do while you are in Soldotna/Kenai area. Wonderful easy hiking trails to a peaceful lake. Photo opportunities abound. Stretch your legs and your mind. I go each time I visit the area.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Pretty lakes...Lake Kelly. We drove in then walked around. Big signs about bears freaked everyone out soooobe aware...bc of that no one wanted to continue on trail right at parking. View from there was incredible.

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Peachtree City, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

We spent 5 days in and around the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. 2 days fishing in Cooper Landing on the Upper Kenai & Russian River ferry as well as fishing on the Lower Kenai out of Soldotna. the views were spectacular and the fishing good. We also drove the Sterling Hwy from Moose Pass to Homer. The scenery was fantastic... More

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Kenai, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

We live in the area and visit the Refuge and the Visitors Center all the time. Check out their website for activities, especially in the summer. There's always something fun happening on Saturdays. The staff is super friendly. Be sure and take at least the short stroll down to the lake if you visit.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Want to fish a gorgeous river and a truly great fishery? Get thee to the Kenai River. It is awesome. Take my word for it. If you do, you can thank me later!

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