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Section of Kenai River Special Management Area to Reopen to Boating

(Soldotna, AK) – The section of the Kenai River Special Management Area (KRSMA) from Skilak Lake downstream to the confluence of the Upper Killey River will reopen to boat traffic at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27.

All other waters within the KRSMA, with the exception of Kenai and Skilak lakes, remain closed to boat traffic due to flooding.

“The Kenai area superintendent, the Kenai River district ranger and I toured the river from Bing’s Landing Boat Launch to the Skilak Lake,” said Ben Ellis, director of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. “After consulting with staff from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we determined that the section of river between the confluence of the Upper Killey River and Skilak Lake could be open to boat traffic.”

Boaters seeking to access this area will need to launch within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Due to high water levels and forecast hydrology levels, the boating closure for the remaining sections of the Kenai River Special Management Area is still in effect. Kenai area 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.

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

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