Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
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Jane P
Region of Waterloo, Canada499 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This review is for the Visitor Center for Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Visitor Center is definitely worth a short stop. No film at the moment (July 2023); they are in process of creating a new film. Good educational exhibits. Family & child friendly. There are nature trails that begin at the parking lot. Note: the "Keen Eye Nature Trail" is a quarter mile long and posted signs say that is handicap accessible (wheelchair with assist) - but it would be extremely difficult to push a wheelchair here as the trail is unpaved and entirely uphill / downhill. If coming in mid-summer, bring bug spray (this is Alaska, and the nature trail are in the woods!)
Written July 14, 2023
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Oceandweller7
Larkspur, Colorado1,984 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
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 pullouts revealed stunning overlooks of mountains and lakes. A large lake in the refuge was Skilak Lake. Lots of hikes were well marked in the Refuge, but we wanted to get to Kenai for dinner, so no hikes for us. We did not spot any wildlife in the park, even though the signs advised visitors to the area to be bear aware.

We drove 19 miles on the dirt road, which seemed well-maintained. We did not experience too many ruts, which was good because we had a rental car.
Written August 10, 2014
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AllAboutAdventure
Monrovia, CA68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
We stopped into the visitors center one morning hoping to get some tips and locations for wildlife viewing. We got great leads for where to see caribou, a great birding platform in kenai, different canoeing trips, etc. we started by talking to the volunteer, but by the end of our chat, everyone that works there had joined the group. We loved having so many people telling us their favorite spots- waay better advice than any guide book! Thank you so much!
Written June 24, 2013
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Matthew T
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
Just got into Soldotna today and not from the area so I decided to.check this place out. It was an easy and beautiful hike, however there were more mosquitos than I've ever encountered before. I ended up running back to my car to escape them. Not sure if that is just a seasonal problem, but it made the hike not worth the views.
Written June 1, 2022
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Cindy Z
Willits, CA113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
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.
Written August 7, 2014
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Sue E
Simi Valley, CA920 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
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 for hiking which we checked out until we came across Upper Skilak Lake turn off. So we ventured out to the lake and found the Vista Trail to hike. It is 1.5 miles to the top, and a fairly good climb to the top. One section has some really really steep stairs to climb to reach the top. It was a nice hike, through some thick brush, canyons, and some old burnt areas. It is bear area, so we brought our bear bells and repellent just to be safe. Once you reach the top you are rewarded with a beautiful view of Skilak Lake and way beyond....Just beautiful!
Written June 9, 2014
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rowdyrutter
Houston, TX29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
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. This is about 1/4 mile down an easy grade. Once there, you are rewarded with your own private lake, complete with a boat to go rowing about. It is a cabin, so no electricity, and they have beds but no mattresses or bedding, so you have to pack your own in. But it was fantastic...my wife, not a camper, wished we would have spent more time there. In the evening we say a momma moose and her calf in the lake. The next morning, a baby black bear came down to the lake. It books early, so jump on it. When we went on a rafting trip and the guide found out we were staying there, first he was amazed we even knew about it, and second he was really jealous because him and his buddies had tried to book it but we already had it. The park itself is an easy enough drive, about halfway across the peninsula, so good access to other activities outside the park. Trails are good, not great. But it is all worth it to sit there at sunset with your whiskey flask and a fire at the cabin watching the sun go down.
Written January 22, 2014
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Mindee M
Kenai, AK37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Friends
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is a vast land houlding on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. There are varied activities to participate in and the Refuge Center on Skihill Road in Soldotna, Alaska is a wonderful place to get information, see exhibits and watch beautifully crafted video presentations of wildlife on the refuge. This is a year around wonderland that ranks among the most beautiful spots in the world. Hiking, fishing, hunting, canoe trips,skiing and wildlife viewing are all available from well traveled roads.
Written December 11, 2012
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Regina C
La Marque, United States171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I drove through the area yesterday. It was very pretty. All the spruce trees are lovely with the sow draped over the branches. I didn’t see much wildlife but it was pretty cold.
Written February 24, 2020
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stephbevan
Elyria, OH33 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Family
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 no traffic, it was a nice slow drive. Lots of beautiful scenery.
Written October 27, 2018
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