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Posted: January 1, 2012 - 1:00am  |  Updated: January 9, 2014 - 2:24pm
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On your drive toward the eastern Kenai Peninsula from Kenai, you will pass through Sterling.

Bordered by the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, the area is the gateway to the popular Swanson River Canoe Trail System. This series of canoe lakes connected by portages offers a peaceful recreational opportunity.

There are numerous camping and picnic areas in the Sterling area, including the Izaak Walton State Recreation site located in the heart of Sterling at the confluence of the Kenai and Moose rivers.

Bing's Landing is another State Recreation Area near Sterling that features fishing platforms, a boat launch, day-use parking and camping facilities.

The Scout Lake State Recreation Area is a popular day-use picnic area and swimming beach, with a hiking trail along the lake.

Morgan's Landing is the site of the Alaska State Park headquarters, which offers a panoramic view of the Kenai Mountains.

Stop by some of the local shops scattered along the Sterling Highway for work by local artists, or enjoy lunch at one of the cafes.

Must-see in Sterling

Stop by the Town of Living Trees at Mile 91.7 of the Sterling Highway. Watch chainsaw artists turn rough logs into works of art. Take a ride on a handcrafted wildlife carousel or pose for a picture on a giant bucking salmon.

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