Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Kenai Glacier and Glacial Lake.jpg
Glacier and glacial lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
LocationKenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States
Nearest citySoldotna, Alaska
Coordinates60°20′N 150°30′W / 60°20′N 150°30′W / 60.333; -150.500[1]
Governing bodyKenai NWR

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is a 1.92-million-acre (7,770 km2) wildlife habitat preserve located on the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska, United States. It is adjacent to Kenai Fjords National Park. This refuge was created in 1941 as the Kenai National Moose Range, but in 1980 it was changed to its present status by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. The refuge is administered from offices in Soldotna.

Terrain, Flora, and Fauna

There is a wide variety of terrain in the refuge, including muskeg and other wetlands, alpine areas, and taiga forest. The refuge protects several large mammals, including wolf packs, brown bears, black bears, dall sheep, moose, Canadian lynx, and caribou, as well as thousands of migratory and native birds. There are numerous lakes, as well as the Kenai River, and the refuge is a popular destination for fishing for salmon and trout.