Explore the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Located between Chugach National Forest, Kenai Fjords National Park and Kachemak Bay State Park, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge was established 75 years ago to protect the region’s moose population. Today, it is Alaska’s most visited wildlife refuge and draws half a million visitors each year who come to fish, hike and camp. Visit the wildlife viewing platform for unforgettable views of volcanoes, moose, lynx and other animals. The diverse terrain features alpine trees, boreal forests and miles of lakes and rivers filled with king salmon and other fish. Paddle through the expansive waterways on the National Wildlife Refuge Canoe Trail System or take a guided fishing trip down the Kenai River. Choose from day trips, overnight fly-outs or all-inclusive getaways to remote fishing lodges to truly experience the Soldotna-area wilderness. From fresh blankets of snow in the winter to days filled with 18 hours of sunlight in the summer, the refuge offers limitless outdoor activities year-round.

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