Public recreation areas in Kenai start opening back up

Closure map (Division of Forestry)
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - State agencies are announcing that many recreation areas of the Kenai Peninsula that have been closed for firefighting operations are opening back up beginning Tuesday, Sept. 10.

The areas include the following:

  • The Kenai River between the state boat launch at the Cooper Landing bridge and Jim’s Landing will reopen to public use with the exception of the continued closure of a channel on the south side of the river from approximately River Mile 69.5 to River Mile 71.5

  • Areas around the Russian River including Russian River Campground, Russian Lake Trail, Russian River Falls, Barber Cabin, and the K’Beq Day Use Area

  • Jim's Landing is opening for day use of the boat launch, and the the overflow parking lot north of the Sterling Highway at the Visitor Contact Station, and Lower Skilak Boat Launch are also opening for boat launch access.

However, some areas are still closed.

Kenai River beyond Jim's Landing is still closed, and boats are required to exit the river prior to the landing.

Lower Skilak campground and day use facility are also still closed.

A release from the Division of Forestry can be found here.

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