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Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

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1 Ski Hill Road, Soldotna, AK 99669
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All reviews visitor center short hike easy hiking trails nice display beautiful alaska natural history learned alot ranger station trappers cabin all ages sterling highway great place to visit informative staff couple of hours viewing area bald eagles rain gear
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in here on the recommendation from a waitress at Buckets. It has a nice museum area as well as a nice easy walk to the lake. It is free. We enjoyed the hike/walk.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank jlbryan
Reviewed 1 week ago

Off the beaten path, but well worth the visit. On the day we visited, the staff told us some excellent stories that we enjoyed along with the provided film. They have excellent exhibits and some great trails to hike, which all combine for an enjoyable...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank darwinmoore
Reviewed August 4, 2019 via mobile

Very friendly staff, very clean. Nice salmon interactive map and informative staff. Short nature walk through ferns and forest to the lake. Worth doing for a short stop.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank LegalEyeDallasTexas
Reviewed July 10, 2019

Giat forest fire 20 miles away made the land tour a bit hard but once on the water we toured the gulf of Alaska around Aialik to view whales, otters, sea lions, glacier calving up close and many eagles. Its an all day event but...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Captarts
Reviewed June 4, 2019

When visiting the Kenai Peninsula, you should plan to spend a minimum of 10 days. I say this as weather may affect plans periodically, and not many people understand the vast size of the state of Alaska, let alone the Kenai Peninsula and all there...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank traemaeker
Reviewed April 13, 2019

Living in Soldotna, I frequently go to events at the Refuge. For visitors, it is a mandatory first stop to learn about what is awaiting you in Alaska.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Shruggered
Reviewed November 27, 2018

Start at the Ranger Station for information on the roads and recent wildlife spottings, then take some time to walk the trails right around the building. Lots of wildlife, educational opportunities, a beautiful lake view, and an old trappers cabin right there to explore. Take...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Leslie H
Reviewed November 8, 2018

We arrived at the visitors' center shortly before closing time. We were greeted by really great volunteers, who wanted to share their knowledge of the area. One lady told us of numerous places throughout the peninsula where we might encounter various wildlife. She recommended a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank owassokie
Reviewed October 27, 2018

The Refuge was a surprise in that it included very rough roads travelled heavily by commercial traffic. These vehicles had ‘oversize’ loads and drove quickly which generated LOTS of dust and noise. This often drove off wildlife that was near the road. When there was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank stephbevan
Reviewed October 5, 2018

I'm a retired US Fish and Wildlife Service wildlife biologist, and Kenai NWR is managed by my old agency, so my review might be a tad biased. That said, anyone with a modicum of interest in the environment will savor every second they spend on...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from Leslie H | Reviewed this property |
Stop by the Ranger Station to pick up a map of the area. The Rangers were able to let us know where animals had had recently been seen, what animals were out and about, and special things to look for in the area. For... More
June 15, 2017|
Response from angie1966d | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Sure, I can gather that information for you tomorrow or the next day. Kenai is a special place! I am certain you will have fun.