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KENAI NWR Russian River Ferry Finishes Record Season
Alaska Region, September 7, 2004
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The Russian River Ferry, a concession contract for Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, finished their 2004 season on September 7, pulling the ferry boat out of the Kenai River until next year. The non-motorized "current driven" ferry transported 32,314 people across the Kenai River to fish the confluence area of the Kenai and Russian Rivers during 2004, up from 27,481 passengers in 2003. The Ferry contractor, Alaska Recreation Management, Inc., also handled the parking in the area for 11,333 vehicles and the launching of 1,693 boats. The Russian River area is Alaska's most popular fishery with most anglers targeting sockeye salmon during their visit. Approximately two-thirds of the visitors to the area are Alaska residents with the remainder arriving from all over the world.

Contact Info: Kristen Gilbert, 907-786-3391, Kristen_Gilbert@fws.gov
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