CDC Guidance and Road Conditions

In keeping with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and acting out of an abundance of caution, we are joining other community organizations in postponing our regularly scheduled outreach and environmental education programs. This includes the following previously scheduled programs: March 19 and April 16 PEEPS Preschool Programs, ranger-led Winter Walks and the Fly-tying workshop on March 25.

The public talk, Hummingbirds in Alaska, previously scheduled at the Refuge visitor center will change to a Facebook Live event, March 21, 2-3pm

We know many people across the community will miss these events, but we are committed to doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, and you -- our friends and neighbors. We will continue to monitor the situation and all relevant guidance and will reschedule when it is prudent to do so. While we are not gathering together at this time, national wildlife refuges across Alaska currently remain open for all.


Skilak Lake Road is a State of Alaska Right-of-Way. The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities recently announced a decision to cease winter maintenance on this 19-mile road for the 2019-2020 season. As such, travel on Skilak Lake Road is at your own risk and discretion. Reaching the parking areas for Engineer Lake and Upper Ohmer cabins may be impossible due to poor road conditions. If you decide to drive on Skilak Lake Road, expect to encounter muddy, icy, and/or snow-covered roads. Downed trees could also block your way. Traveling with tire chains and the means to clear fallen trees is recommended. Please contact the Kenai Refuge at 907-262-7021 for the latest road conditions.

If you have a reservation for a Public Use Cabin and are unable to use it due to road conditions refunds are available through the website.

For information regarding the Swan Lake Fire openings and closings please see the latest Emergency Closure Order listing areas closed to public access. 

For the full story of the Swan Lake Fire see the interactive Story Map which has all the facts and figures relating to the fire.