The turn for the Kenai River South Shore Beach Access is a little further west than the Log Cabin Inn. Turn north onto Cannery Road from Kalifornsky Beach Road and follow the Beach Access signs to Dunes Road. Probably a week or two earlier the South Shore was crowded with dip netters trying to catch salmon; however, the beach was almost deserted when I was there. There is a salmon season fee of $10.00 and 4WD only.
Marathon Road isn't really mentioned in a lot of guides for this area but it's worth a drive. We came across it when we were looking for information on spotting caribou in this region. There is a herd here...of course, we didn't see then in the spring but we were early. We'll head back this summer when they're easier to spot as they bring their young out a little closer to the road. The road runs by the one side of the airport with open marshland on the other side. Eventually the whole thing opens up, you'll pass a radio tower and then later, a turn off to a gated road. It's a bit confusing following it because there are some other turn offs and no marker for the road. I know there are gas fields in the area and some is private property, but they should be well identified. Even if you don't see any caribou, the flat terrain here allows you to see out pretty far. From what I've read, the best time to see caribou with their giant antlers is August or September either here or down at the Kenai Flats. Allow people to pass on this road--they come flying down it and you don't want rocks hitting your vehicle. Even if you decide to walk this road (it's pretty long, though), try to stay clear of these people who obvious have someplace very important to be immediately;-)
For some reason, I can't find more than one picture of this road--not sure where I put them but this will have to do. It at least shows how flat the area is.
You will find this place very beautiful because of the wonderful fjord scenery, tidewater glaciers, birds, marine wildlife etc. The best way to experience this place is to take a boat ride from the town of Seward. More photos and information are at my VT Kenai Fjords NationaL Park page.
The beautiful town of Halibut Cove is located off the shores of Kachemak Bay near the town of Homer at the Kenai Peninsula. In this town, you will find many artistic items and artists. The scenery is also very beautiful. More photos and information are at my VT Homer page.
There is plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities in the Kenai Peninsula. You can see various land animals, birds (including the bald eagles and puffins) as well as marine wildlife such as otters, sealions, whales etc.
There is an amazing national park that has about 600,000 acres of property on the southeastern side of the Kenai Peninsula. You can get here via the Seward Hwy or Sterling Hwy. Seward is the gateway to the park, whose dominant feature is the Harding Icefield. An exciting way to get to Seward is by taking a boat tour from Homer, it is very memorable. Now back to the Natl. Park. It blankets all but the top of the Kenai Mtns and goes all the way down to the coast which is a rugged shoreline of glacier-carved fjords. Exit Glacier is the most accessible. Bald eagles, bears, moose and mountain goats inhabit the area and are visable some of the times (Eagles are very visable). I studied a bit of Geology in college, so I loved the glaciers. Though I didn't participate, I read that the park headquarters and visitor center are in Seward on 4th Ave next to the harbormasterand the rangers will give tours of the park. They are open daily 9am-6pm summers.
On one of our drives when we weren't playing baseball we drove to another town called Nikiski. And on the way we saw a bar that had a sign out front saying "The Worlds Largest Collection of Hats!" So we went in for a look! And yep something like 23000 hats were pinned to the ceiling and the walls of the place! The kids thought it was fun for about 4 minutes then we were on our way again!
the city of Kenai is relatively small and located off a spur road along the Sterling highway. It has a small downtown area and a quiet beachfront, which is possibly more crowded in better weather.
on the way to Kenai river from Ancourge, if you are lucky enough, you would see wild mooses moving around along the highway.