COVID-19 Alerts: Closures, Travel and Public Safety

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to the safety and health of our neighbors, friends, and employees across Alaska, and we are deeply concerned about the threat posed by the transmission of the infectious disease, COVID-19. We are following safety guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the State of Alaska, including the most recent health mandates from the Governor. We continue to respect local Tribal, borough, and city orders in our communities. Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has temporarily suspended operations from our office, with the exception of health and safety related activities, and our Visitor Center is closed. 

We will post any updates on our website and on Facebook. We continue to serve the public by phone and email:  call 907-262-7021 and dial "O" to reach our operator or 907-260-2820 to reach our Visitor Center staff.

Public Events: No previously scheduled public events will take place in person at the Refuge Visitor Center until it reopens.  Check out the Kenai National Wildife Refuge Facebook Page for activities for kids to enjoy at home, and other outreach materials, posted often.



Skilak Lake Road Conditions: Spring breakup, the melting of last winter's deep snow, has made Skilak Lake Road driving conditions very challenging.  State DOT electronic signs at both entrances from Sterling Highway note that 4x4, high clearance vehicles are highly recommended for drives down Skilak Lake Road, if necessary.  Deep mud holes, especially on the west side towards the community of Sterling, may make even the most capable off-road vehicles unable to pass through them safely and without becoming stuck.  Be aware of limited cell phone service along some parts of the road that may make calling for tow service a significant challenge.  Poor road conditions are expected to persist for the next several weeks, and until drier conditions allow for road maintenance.


Swan Lake Fire Burned Area Safety: Some public hiking trails within the burned area remain closed to public access. For your safety, avoid using trails marked closed by signage.  Emergency trail stabilization crews will be working on these trails as spring arrives to make them safer for our visitors. For a list of closed trails please see the Emergency Closure Order. The following Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area trails are open to public use:  Skilak Lookout Trail, Hidden Creek Trail, Vista Trail (inside Upper Skilak Campground) and Bear Mountain Trail. All trails off Swanson River and Swan Lake Roads also remain open.