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Visitor Center and Driving Directions

Visitor Center Hours

Summer (Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day): 9:00am to 5:00pm Daily

Fall/Winter/Spring: 10:00am-5:00pm, Tuesday through Saturday, Closed Sundays, Mondays and Federal Holidays

The new Visitor Center opened in May 2015 adjacent to the Headquarters building in Soldotna.  Incorporating many environmentally-conscious features, the building has a sod rood, solar panels, in-floor radiant heating, LED lighting and a soapstone masonry heater. 

Programs for visitors and local residents are scheduled year-round.  Please call 907-260-2820 for current event schedules or find them on this website's home page.  Junior Ranger booklets are available for children ages 3-15 and a fun Visitor Center Seek-n-Find is also available for those who have less time available to explore.

Driving Directions to the Visitor Center, Soldotna:

To find the Refuge Visitor Center when you arrive in Soldotna, travel to mile 95 of the Sterling Highway, crossing the Kenai River Bridge.  Once you cross the river, immediately get in the far left turn lane and make a left on to Funny River Road.  As soon as you are on Funny River Road, prepare for an immediate right turn on to Ski Hill Road.  Ski Hill Road is gravel, and you will drive one mile up the hill and make a left turn on to a paved road leading to the Visitor Center. Look for the big bronze bull moose statue.

Driving Directions to the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area, Eastern Refuge:

From Anchorage, drive 90 miles on the Seward Highway to the junction of the Sterling Highway. Turn west at Milepost 37 of the Sterling Highway and travel 18 miles to the eastern Refuge boundary at Milepost 55 of the Sterling Highway. In three more miles (Milepost 58, Sterling Highway), you find the Refuge Visitor Contact Station on the north side of the Sterling Highway, a self-serve information facility during summer months. On the south side of Sterling Highway at Milepost 58 is the eastern turn off for Skilak Lake Road. This 19 mile gravel loop road leads to Refuge hiking trails, campgrounds, and a scenic drive and then rejoins the Sterling Highway at Milepost 75. Whether you take the Skilak Lake Road or the Sterling Highway from Mile 58, you are approximately 40 miles from Soldotna and the Refuge Visitor Center.


Last Updated: Jul 17, 2015
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