Kenai Peninsula Info

Beautiful Scenic Kenai

Kachemak Bay Overlook

Kachemak Bay Overlook

Kenai Mountains and Kachemak Bay

Kenai Mountains and Kachemak Bay

Kenai Mountains from Kenai Fjords, Alaska

Kenai Mountains from Kenai Fjords

Bald Eagle in Flight

Bald Eagle over Kenai Mountains

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Fishing RegulationsMarine MammalsScientific StudiesRadio Stations
Cities on the KeniaBirdsGeneral InformationFurther Readings

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Kenai Peninsula Parks and Hiking Trails

Kachemak Bay State Park is Alaska’s first state park, and only wilderness park. It contains roughly 400,000 acres of mountains, glaciers, forests and ocean. The bay’s twisted rock formations are evidence of the movement of the earth’s crust. Visitors frequently observe sea otters, seals, porpoise and whales. Intertidal zones offer natural settings for marine studies. Land mammals include moose, black bear, mountain goats, coyotes and wolves.

There are not many trails in the Kenai Fjords National Park as most of the land is covered in glaciers and a huge ice field. The park also encompasses the surrounding fjords that the glaciers carved into the Pacific Ocean. Subsequently, the best way to view this area is with an all-day boat tour out of Seward. Your can explore the fjords in a kayak with a qualified guide. The scenery is incredible and you may get the chance to view whales, puffins, sea lions, otters and other marine life.

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge covers the western section of the Kenai Peninsula. It is mainly flat taiga with numerous lakes, and as such, its primary recreation is suited more toward water activities, especially fishing. Most of the hikes are short trails that end at a lake. The water in Kenai Lake, Skilak Lake and the Kenai River is gorgeous.

The Kenai River Special Management Area consists of more than 105 linear miles of rivers and lakes. The Kenai River boasts major runs of four Pacific salmon species — King, Red, Silver and Pink — in addition to trophy-sized Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden. Kenai River King, or Chinook Salmon, are among the largest North Pacific salmon, often weighing from 50 to over 85 pounds.

Museums and Libraries

The Alaska SeaLife Center is Alaska’s only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center is celebrating ten years on the shores of Resurrection Bay. Visitors to this “window on the sea” have close encounters with puffins, octopus, sea lions and other sea life while peeking over the shoulders of ocean scientists studying Alaska’s rich seas and diverse sea life.

The Donald E. Gilman Resource Library houses a collection of books, periodicals, CDs, videos, and other materials related to natural resource management and the natural and human history of the Kenai Peninsula. The library is open to the public during regular Kenai River Center hours.

The Pratt Museum is the only natural history museum in the 25,600-square-mile area of the Kenai Peninsula. The Pratt Museum is dedicated to the process of education by exploring the natural environment and human experience relative to the Kachemak Bay region of Alaska and its place in the world.

Kenai Peninsula Maps

Kenai River Special Management Area

Geological and Geophysical Surveys

Kenai Peninsula Wildlife

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge provides a listing of land mammals found on the Peninsula.

Brown bears can be found throughout the Kenai Peninsula except in the coastal portions in the Kenai Fjords National Park. Densities of bears is considered highest in the lowland forests and intermountain valleys where anadromous streams provide salmon for feeding.

The central Kenai Peninsula is one of the few places where you can see Caribou in your back yard, in your neighborhood, or from the road.

Alaska’s Kenai Moose Research Center is a world leader in moose science.

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge provides Reflections, a visitor’s guide.

Marine Mammals

The Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward is home to displays of Alaska sea life.

Chiswell Island, approximately 35 miles south of Seward, Alaska, is home to a small rookery of endangered sea lions. Steller Sea Lions often return to the same rookery – a place where they give birth and mate annually – making long-term studies feasible with remote video observation.

Birds

An Alaska Bald Eagle Nest Atlas and other information is available from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Fishing Regulations

You can purchase Alaska fishing licenses online.

Alaska State fishing regulations and detailed maps of the fishing areas can be found here.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game offers a detailed review of Kenai River fishing.

Borough and City Government

Kenai Peninsula Borough

City of Homer

City of Kenai

City of Seward

City of Soldotna

Chamber of Commerce Offices

Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce

Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce

Homer Chamber of Commerce

Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Center

Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council

Ninilchik Chamber of Commerce

Seward Area Chamber of Commerce

Greater Soldotna Chamber of Commerce

 

Radio Stations

Homer
Kasilof
Kenai
Soldotna
KBBI (890 AM)
KMJG (88.9 FM)
KDLL (91.9 FM)
KKIS-FM (96.5 FM)
KGTL (620 AM)
KWJG (91.5 FM)
KSLD (1140 AM)
KPEN-FM (101.7 FM)
KSRM (920 AM)
KWVV-FM (103.5 FM)
KWHQ-FM (100.1 FM)
KXBA (93.3 FM)

Further Readings on the Kenai Peninsula

Kenai Fjords: A Stern and Rock-Bound Coast: Historic Resource Study is a 1998 publication by the National Park Service provides a history of the Kenai Fjords from before the Russian days.

Wikipedia offers general information on the Kenai River along with many links for additional information.

Scientific Studies

Stock Assessment of Rainbow Trout in the Upper Kenai River, Alaska, in 2001.

Headwater Stream Wetland Settings and Shallow Ground Water Influence:
Relationships to Juvenile Salmon Habitat on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska.

Studies in the Wilderness Areas of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge: Fire, Bark Beetles, Human Development, and Climate Change.

Kenai Fjords Oral History and Archaeology Project.

Ecological Studies of the Kenai Peninsula Brown Bear.

A Guide to the Late Quaternary History of Norther and Western Kenai Peninsula, Alaska was published by State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys in 2007.

General Information

Quick facts on Kenai Peninsula  Census Data is available here.

 

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