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Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

1 Ski Hill Road, Soldotna (Not Kenai), Kenai, AK 99669
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Ranked #2 of 15 attractions in Kenai
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Larkspur, Colorado
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227 reviews 227 reviews
112 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

There are two entrances to the Kenai Wildlife Refuge, a huge nationally protected wildlife refuge in the north center of the Kenai Peninsula. The east entrance is at Milepost 58 and the west entrance is at Milepost 75.2, near Soldotna onto Skilak Lake Road off of Highway 1 (Sterling Highway). The forest blocked a lot of the scenery, but some... More

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Willits, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

This was nice. We enjoyed walking around and gathering information on the area. We hiked a trail and braved mosquitoes. This area was full of wildlife we saw more here than on Denali.

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Anchorage, Alaska
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Take a boat ride or just enjoy the views from the various, well placed viewing platforms. Great way to see Alaskan wildlife at its best.

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Maui, Hawaii
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Well done headquarters, with displays of different animals & the dangers of unregulated hunting. They had some gift items that I purchased to help support the Refuge, but found out later that they were cheaper there than at the airport! So I'm glad I bought them there to support their efforts to preserve the wildlife. Very friendly, helpful staffers there,... More

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Exeter, New Hampshire
15 reviews 15 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This place was actually a very nice place! We traveled to some lakes and there was a lot of wildlife. I would definitely recommend this place on your trip!

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Columbus, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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141 reviews 141 reviews
50 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
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
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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