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Kenai National Wildlife Refuge opens to snowmachine use

February 1st 1:21 pm | Staff Report Print this article   Email this article  

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Manager Andy Loranger announced a partial opening of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to snowmachine use earlier this week. All areas of the Refuge traditionally open to snowmachining lying north of the Kenai River were opened Jan. 26. Closed areas in this portion of the Refuge include the Swan Lake and Swanson River canoe systems, all areas above timberline and areas within the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area (except Hidden, Kelly, Petersen and Engineer lakes are open to provide snowmachine access for ice fishing). The Caribou Hills area was previously opened to snowmachining on Dec. 22 and remains open.

Snow cover south of the Kenai River remains insufficient at this time to open for snowmachining. Refuge officials advise snowmachine users to exercise caution, especially on lakes, rivers and streams which may not be sufficiently frozen. In addition, rocks and tree stumps can be hazardous in areas of less snow accumulation.

For more information, contact Refuge Headquarters at (907) 262-7021, online at or visit the Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna.


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