2020-2021 Firewood Cutting

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) is offering personal use firewood collection by permit beginning October 1st, 2020. For 2020, woodcutting will be permitted along Swan Lake, Swanson River, and Funny River Roads. Woodcutting will also be allowed along roads within Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area within the Swan Lake Fire burn perimeter. These roads include Upper Skilak Lake, Lower Skilak Lake, Engineer Lake and Ohmer Lake Roads. Permits with maps and all special conditions can be obtained beginning October 1st, 2020, at a self-serve station outside the Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna.

Cutting is limited to trees which are dead and down within the designated permit areas. Standing trees may not be felled. Vehicles are prohibited beyond the shoulders of the main roads. ATVs are prohibited. Excess limbs and woody debris must be piled outside of campsites within campgrounds. Permits allow collection of up to five cords of firewood for personal, non-commercial use per household. All other wood cutting on the Refuge is prohibited, except dead and down wood may be used for campfires while camping on the Refuge.

The permit packets, maps of areas open to firewood and instructions for completing permits will be provided at a self-serve station outside Refuge Headquarters at 33398 Ski Hill Road, Soldotna. The permit will expire and these areas will close to firewood cutting on
March 31, 2020. Weather conditions or depletion of wood for cutting may prompt the Refuge Manager to close areas earlier. The Refuge Headquarters office hours are from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday - Friday (Monday, October 12th is a federal holiday and the refuge office will be closed). For further information, contact Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters by calling (907) 262-7021.