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Section of Kenai River Special Management Area Reopens to Boating


(Soldotna, AK) – The section of the Kenai River Special Management Area (KRSMA) from Kenai Lake downstream to Skilak Lake will reopen to boat traffic at 1 p.m. on Monday, October 1.

All other waters within the KRSMA, with the exception of Kenai Lake and Skilak Lake downstream to the confluence of the Upper Killey River, remain closed to boat traffic due to flooding.

The Sportsman’s Landing boat launch site within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is the only drift boat retrieval site open on the upper river at this time.

The boat launch at Jim’s Landing will remain closed. “Recent flooding has damaged the Jim’s Landing boat launch and access road.  Refuge staff is currently assessing damage and hope to reopen the boat launch as soon as possible,” said Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Manager Andy Loranger.

Kenai area state park staff will monitor the river until it has been determined flood levels have receded to a point where the risk to public safety, property, and habitat has diminished to an acceptable level.

Boaters are advised to use caution as river conditions may have changed during the flooding.

For more information, please contact the Kenai/Prince William Sound Area state park office at 907-262-5581.

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