Availability of Kenai Refuge Maps

While we update our informational maps online, please email kenai@fws.gov to request trail, aircraft or other detailed refuge maps. Or, stop in at the Refuge Visitor Center in Soldotna to pick up a paper copy (907-260-2820 for directions)

Highly pathogenic avian influenza & other frequently asked bird health questions

Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed in both domestic and wild birds in Canada and the United States. The strain now present in North America has caused illness and death in waterfowl, shorebirds, gulls, and birds of prey. Birds that migrate to Alaska to nest and breed could be infected. Learn more including steps hunters can take to reduce infection risk and how to report observations/concerns. See also: Alaska Bird FAQ: if it's sick, abandoned, injured or dead

Visit Us

Alaska's most-visited Refuge is nearly two million acres in size. World-class fishing, camping, and hiking opportunities draw people from Alaska and around the world. The Swanson River and Swan Lake Canoe Trails are one of three such wilderness trail systems in the United States and provide an opportunity to really get into the backcountry.

There are 14 rustic public use cabins located in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Getting there can be a thrilling adventure in itself, as most require the use of boats, aircraft, hiking, or skiing. 

Before embarking onto the refuge, we encourage you to visit our Visitor Center in Soldotna, Alaska. Programs for visitors and local residents are year-round. Our partner bookstore, Alaska Geographic, offers natural history-themed books, cards, gifts and educational curios and a portion of all sales directly support Refuge education and outreach programs. 

Here are some essentials for travelling in Alaska's bear country

Activities

Whether you fish, boat, hike, bird, or hunt, be sure to slow down and look for wildlife and signs of wildlife like tracks, scat, and nests. Please familiarize yourself with safety in bear country

Rules and Policies

On May 5, 2016 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a final rule for Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Consistent with the Refuge’s 2010 Comprehensive Conservation Plan, the final rule amends Refuge public use regulations to ensure natural resource conservation while maintaining high quality and safe experiences for visitors. The final rule is available at: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/05/05/2016-10288/refuge-specific-regulations-public-use-kenai-national-wildlife-refuge

You can also download a copy of the regulations specific to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge here.

If you're staying in one of our public use cabins, PACK OUT all trash and secure food, garbage and supplies from bears.

Locations

Kenai Refuge Visitor Center
33398-B Ski Hill Road Soldotna, AK 99669-2139

This Visitor Center opened in May 2015 and is adjacent to the Kenai Refuge headquarters building in Soldotna, Alaska. It incorporates many environmentally-conscious features, the building has a sod roof, solar panels, in-floor radiant heating, LED lighting and a soapstone masonry heater. 

Driving Directions

The Kenai Refuge Visitor Center is in Soldotna, Alaska. From points north, including Anchorage, travel to mile 95 of the Sterling Highway, and cross the Kenai River Bridge. Once you cross the river, immediately get in the far left turn lane and make a left on to Funny River Road. As soon as you are on Funny River Road, prepare for an immediate right turn on to Ski Hill Road. Drive one mile up the hill and make a left turn on to a road leading to the Visitor Center. Follow directional signs and look for the big bronze bull moose statue.

Kenai Refuge Headquarters

Kenai staff offices are located in the headquarters building. 

Driving Directions

The Refuge Headquarters is located next to the Visitor Center.