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Alaska's land mass is huge...about 670,000 square miles of incredible splendor and diversity. It contains a large number of the world's icefields and glaciers, thousands of miles of coastline, the highest point in North America, thousands of lakes, nineteen mountains over 14,000 ft., 80 million acres of wildlife refuges and thousands of miles of streams and rivers.

Its easy to brag about Alaska. No other place in North America can offer so many things to see and do. But we know that not all Alaskans or visitors are interested in fishing. Our intent is to extend our outdoors section to "cover everything under the Midnight Sun."

Normal People Take Luxury Cruises To Alaska - Adventure Vacations are becoming quite popular world-wide. Whether its riding an elephant in the jungles of Burma, ascending the slopes of Mt. Kilamanjaro, or trekking to Antarctica, Americans have the bug for something new. Taking a nine day sea kayaking and hiking tour may be the ticket. Hiking Sign
High Adventure in the Mighty Wrangell Mountains of Alaska - Alaska's splendor has been written about and described thousands of times. But this story about trekking in Skolai Pass of the Wrangell Mountains will illustrate how fragile our own existence is if you drop your guard or turn your back on Alaska. Our author tells of his very close call.
Bluebells Ring In Morel Hunting Season - With the humidity and wet weather Alaska is often noted for, it is only logical to suspect that we have some terrific mushroom hunting up here. And one of the most sought after favorites of 'shroom hunters is the morel which can be very abundant in some areas yet very elusive. Here is a longtime hunter's tips on finding these delicious morsels. Hiking Sign
Hiking the Magnificent Wrangell - St. Elias National Park - The largest national park in America goes largely unappreciated with very few visitors each season. Yet it is one of the most spectacular geological active regions in North America with incredible scenery worth visiting. An introduction to the park by Carl Donohue.
Humpback whaleKenai Fjords National Park Tours Without a doubt one of the most prized possessions on the Kenai Peninsula is the Kenai Fjords National Park. Accessible only by boat, you can take one of the many tour boat cruises leaving Seward on a journey that is truely breath-taking. Take a quick look-see at this "must do" adventure filled with sealife.
Making An EXIT....into the Ice Age!
Glacier viewing is one of the most popular sight-seeing activities in Alaska. Here is an opportunity to get so close you can almost touch one! Its a must do activity if you plan to be on the Kenai Peninsula.
canoeingThe Sounds of Silence - The OTHER Kenai River Spring brings open water on the Kenai but little to do until the fish arrive. Here is a great way to greet the coming summer with a peaceful trip down the most famous river in Alaska. dog pullAlaska State Championship Dog Weight Pull Just like the days of the Klondike Gold Rush, dog weight pull contests are held in many communities during the winter. The championship is held in Soldotna in late January during the Peninsula Winter Games.
brown bearAlaska's Brown Bear Viewing Areas Alaska has thousands of brown and black bears. But most keep to themselves in the more remote, less accessible regions of the state. There are some very popular bear viewing areas on salmon streams which receive thousands of visitors each year. Unfortunately these areas' popularity has grown larger than their capacity to accommodate everyone who wants to visit. You will need a permit for them and deadlines for application are early in the year. PicknShovelGoldpanning on the Kenai Peninsula Gold was the lure for many original pioneers who settled in the Last Frontier. Although much of the easy finds have long since played out, there are several opportunities on the Kenai Peninsula affording the recreational prospector the chance to take home a bit of Alaska's color. Access is right alongside the road.
Clam IconClam Digging on the Kenai Peninsula If you're planning a visit to the Peninsula and hit the tides right you can take back a bonus of razor clams along with your fish. Learn all about Where & When to Go and the techniques for successful digging. Our beaches produce over a million clams a year so you won't have any problem filling your bucket. Hiking SignHiking Trails Around The Kenai There are many hiking trails in Alaska.....some short and easy for family outings and some for those that prefer a challenge. We start with the Kenai Peninsula and give you directions and "degree of difficulty" to aid you in your research.
Canoe iconKenai Peninsula Canoe Trails The Swanson River Canoe Trails are located in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge which is considered a wilderness area where only non-motorized transportation can be used....i.e. canoes, rafts, horses and on foot. There is wildlife everywhere and the rainbow trout and Dolly Varden fishing will provide dinner or breakfast any time you are hungry. Over 70 lakes to explore. Binoculars iconKenai Peninsula Wildlife Viewing As an avid outdoorsman who has spent 28 winters on the Peninsula, I have come to know many favorite spots for viewing and filming wildlife that are easily accessible. See what we have and follow the directions.

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