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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

09/03/19 Kenai River to Reopen Wednesday September 4, 2019 at 6:00 AM

September 3, 2019

Kenai River to reopen to boaters Wednesday from Cooper Landing State boat launch to Sportsman’s Landing from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

A portion of the Kenai River will be reopened for boating on a limited basis Wednesday, after recent rain dampened firefighting activity and lowered the potential for conflict between boaters and local residents poised for possible evacuation, state and federal managers announced today.

The Kenai River will be open to boaters from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from the Cooper Landing state boat launch to Sportsman’s Landing, announced the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, the U.S. Forest Service Chugach National Forest, and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

The river will remain closed to boating from Sportsman’s Landing to Skilak Lake, to reduce traffic on roads and make it easier to quickly and effectively deploy fire personnel and resources in fighting wildfires on the Kenai Peninsula.

Although fire danger has decreased over much of the Kenai Peninsula, residents and visitors should remain aware and prepared. For statewide fire information, visit the AICC website at or

Questions regarding this announcement should be directed to:

  • Kenai Area State Parks (907) 262-5581
  • Chugach National Forest (907) 743-9500 Twitter: @ChugachForestAK Facebook: @ChugachNF
  • Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (907) 262-7021

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