Camping opportunities near the road system are plentiful on the Kenai Refuge and as close as a quick hike away from trails and waterways.  Leave No Trace ethics are a guide to safe exploration off the pavement.

Tips for Outdoor Safety 


Selecting a Campsite

When choosing a place to set up camp, there are several different things to take into consideration. While camping on the refuge, use sites that have previously been used, rather than creating new ones. Ideally, these sites should be 200 feet from water sources, out of sight from other trail users, and on durable terrain with little vegetation. When leaving a site, be certain to pack out all trash and clean up as much as possible in order to make it appealing to the next group that comes along. This will help to reduce the number of areas that are impacted.

Human Waste

It is important that human waste is properly disposed of for both sanitary and aesthetic reasons. This can be accomplished by burying waste in a hole several inches deep at least 200 feet from water and well off hiking trails. Toilet paper should be packed in a sealable plastic bag. Be sure to replace dirt and leaf cover over the hole.


Please be certain to pack out all of your trash as well as anyone else's trash you might find while in the wilderness. You can significantly cut down on the amount of garbage you produce by removing excess packaging and bringing food in plastic bags. Also be sure to remove any half-burned items from your fire ring.

Minimum Impact

The objectives of minimum impact hiking and camping techniques are to leave an area in the same or even better condition than we found it.