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KENAI NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE CABINS, AK
part ofKenai National Wildlife Refuge, Fish and Wildlife Service
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewThe Kenai National Wildlife Refuge guarantees breathtaking scenery and an unforgettable experience for visitors staying in one of the 14 rustic cabins located in Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. Getting to the cabin can be a thrilling adventure in itself, as most of them require the use of boats, aircraft, hiking or skiing.
The grudging withdrawal of the Harding Ice Field has helped to make the lands of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge a "miniature Alaska." Today, the refuge includes examples of every major Alaska habitat type. The refuge is an Alaska in miniature in its diversity of wildlife, as well.
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge spans 1.9 million acres along the western Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. The region includes the western slopes of the Kenai Mountains, forested lowlands along Cook Inlet, rivers, lakes and wetlands. To the east is Chugach National Forest and southeast is Kenai Fjords National Park.
Eager anglers can pursue chinook, sockeye, coho and pink salmon; as well as Dolly Varden char, rainbow trout, and arctic grayling. The refuge is also home to brown and black bears, caribou, Dall sheep, mountain goats, wolves, lynx, wolverines, eagles and thousands of shorebirds and waterfowl, not to mention the mighty Alaska-Yukon moose that the refuge was originally established (as the Kenai National Moose Range) to protect.
Ten of Kenai Refuge's 14 public use cabins are historic log cabins built around the turn of the 20th century. The others are 16x18 trapper-style log cabins. Each cabin includes a table with benches, plywood bunks (without mattresses) a wood heating stove and an outhouse.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Some cabins are accessed by boat only. See access information for individual cabins.
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge: From Anchorage, take the Seward Highway south to the Sterling Highway; the eastern refuge boundary is at milepost 55 of the Sterling Highway. Another 5 miles from the boundary is a Visitor Contact Station (open from Memorial Day through Labor Day) and the west entrance to the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area. Continuing on to Soldotna will bring you to the refuge visitor center and headquarters, which is found by taking a left onto Funny River Road, then turning right (before the building supply store) onto Ski Hill Road.
For a current list of charter operators permitted to transport customers into the refuge, please contact the refuge headquarters at (907) 262-7021.
Mailing Address:KENAI NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE CABINS
Box 2139 1 Ski Hill Road
Soldotna AK 99669
Phone Number:Information: (907) 262-7021