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  The Kenai Peninsula, only 200 miles south of Anchorage, boasts colorful coastal towns, glacier and wildlife sightseeing as well as recreational activities including sailing, kayaking and fishing. The Kenai Peninsula abuts the eastern edge of the Cook Inlet, one of Alaska’s most economically productive regions. Due to its abundant commercial and recreational fisheries, along with sizable petroleum resources, the peninsula has seen significant development over the past several decades. Fortunately, the nearly three million acre region made up of the Kenai National Wildlife refuge and
the adjacent Kenai Fjords National Park has been set aside
to protect the area’s natural beauty from development and provide endless opportunities for outdoor recreation.
The Kenai Peninsula is an excellent place for RV travel with a number of campsites along its western edge, most of which have access to fishing or are located right on the shore. Some RV parks have fish-cleaning stations, vacuum sealing equipment, freezers and overnight shipping services for your catches.
Sterling, originally a settlement called Naptowne, was giving its moniker in 1954 after acquiring a post office. Located on the, you guessed it, Sterling Highway, it is adjacent to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and also two Alaska state parks, the Scout Lake State Recreation Site and the Morgan’s Landing State Recreation Area.
The peninsula also has no shortage of spectacular outdoor opportunities. Kenai Fjords National Park, on the south coast of the Kenai Peninsula, is a 1,047-square- mile national park where you can see black bears and whales in their natural habitat. The Harding Icefield, located inside the park, is a 300-square-mile area of glaciers, fjords and islands, and home to a variety of marine mammals including sea lions, sea otters and seals. Bird inhabitants of the park include puffins, murres and auklets. At least 38
glaciers flow from the icefield, eight of which reach the sea and calve, sending chunks of ice into the ocean in a spectacular display of the power of nature. Kenai Fjords National Park can be reached by boat, road or float plane.
Scout Lake State Recreation Site is a day-use only park. There is
a picnic shelter and a lake, which is stocked with arctic grayling
and rainbow trout. Morgan’s Landing State Recreation Area has a campground and offers travellers one of the few public access spots, perfect for bank fishing on the middle beautiful Kenai River. Sterling is home to the Kenaitze Indian Tribe and a spectacular archaeological site, containing prehistoric Dena’ina house pits. Taking in the scenic beauty, hiking and camping, or simply fishing and hunting for wildlife or history, travellers of all kinds are encouraged to stop in Sterling, another of Alaska’s quaint and unique destinations.
Ninilchik is located on the coast of Cook Inlet, the west side of the Kenai Peninsula. It is a hundred miles southwest of Anchorage on the Sterling Highway. Ninilchik is home to first-rate fishing. Here, travellers can fish for salmon and halibut either, on land or on the inlet. When visiting Ninilchik be sure to explore the Ninilchik River and Deep Creek watersheds, the historic Russian Orthodox Church, built in 1901, and the two Alaska State Parks situated to the north and the south. The Ninilchik State Recreation Area offers campgrounds with beach and river access. The Deep Creek State Recreation Area has a campground on the beach and tractor-assisted boat launching capabilities. Ninilchik has unique scenic wonders. Witness for yourself the spectacular views of four Cook Inlet volcanoes.
  Hope Moose Pass Seward Cooper Landing Sterling
Soldoltna Kenai Nikiski Kasilof Clam Gulch
Ninilchick Anchor Point Homer Seldovia
 Photo: Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council

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