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Tight Lines: the beauty of the belly boat 

I have to smile to myself as I watch a line of buddies negotiating the trail in front of me.

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Tight Lines: Access great backcountry angling via bicycle

03/18/15

It's usually not difficult to distinguish the real bicyclist from the occasional fisherman spotted riding our local trails.

Tight Lines: Ice fishing can be cool winter fun

02/19/15

The water dripping off the eaves has thickened into crystal stalactites, and outside my window snowflakes swirl before settling into a fine dust on the frozen ground - a sign that winter, with its slower pace, is still upon us.

Columns

An Outdoor View: Fishing and luck

(Author's note: Because 2015 marks the 30th year that a Kenai River king salmon has held the IGFA, all-tackle world record, let's consider what it takes - or more aptly what it doesn't take - to catch big fish.

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Information & How-To

Fishing 101

If fishing is on your Alaska "to-do" list, but you need a few tips, this is for you. Guides An easy way for a visitor to go fishing is with a guide. A good guide will furnish you with the proper tackle and bait and put you on fish, if possible.

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Fish Identification

03/20/12
"How To Identify Salmon, Trout and Other Species Found in Alaska" Images and Information © Alaska Department of Fish and Game. www.adfg.state.ak.us Salmon mouth illustrations courtesy of ...

Park Listings

03/09/15

List of Kenai Peninsula parks and campgrounds, with fees and contact information.

Trails

02/18/15

The hiking and biking trails of the Kenai Peninsula offer access to many exquisite natural habitats, often with incredible wildlife viewing opportunities. As with any outdoor activity, remember to be prepared.

On going wild

02/20/15

With moose wandering through residential neighborhoods, migratory birds stopping by on their way north and south each year, and bears catching salmon in local rivers, the Kenai Peninsula provides ample opportunity for wild life watching.

Bear Safety

02/20/15

In Alaska, bears - black and brown - can be anywhere, and residents and tourists alike should keep this in mind when taking to the outdoors.

Clamming

04/02/13
Of the many recreational opportunities on the Kenai Peninsula, few rival the memories and fun that a day spent “clamming” can bring to your family. The east side of Cook Inlet has a healthy ...

Volcanoes

02/20/15

Volcanoes visible from the Kenai Peninsula, from north to south, are: Mount Spurr 11,070 feet tall Erupted: 1953, 1992 Mount Redoubt 10,197 feet tall Erupted: March 15, 2009, sending ash plumes from 30,000 to 60,000 feet high. Dec.

Common Sense Survival

01/09/14
There’s adventure and beauty in the wild country, but also an element of risk. Snow avalanches, steep slopes and water hazards have caused injuries and fatalities each year. You can increase your ...

Activities

Activities for the whole family

03/09/15

Family activities on the Kenai Peninsula. Where you can find go-kart racing, disc golf, hiking, swimming, or just learn and explore.

Sports

02/25/15

Oilers Baseball The city of Kenai is home to the collegiate baseball team the Peninsula Oilers.

Recipes

Pioneer Potluck: About my eighth grade graduation present

I graduated from the eighth grade in May, 1950 as the only one in my class. There were other kids in Cactus Hill Observatory District #101 but I went all 8 grades as the only one in my class.

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Places to Visit

Soldotna

03/12/15

The junction of the Sterling and Kenai Spur Highways has made Soldotna a regional center of commerce.

Kenai

02/25/15

In the language of the Athabascan Dena'ina Indians, "Ken'ey" means "two big flats and a river cutback." This geographic description is apt for the land of the present-day town of Kenai.

Nikiski

03/12/15

Also known as North Kenai or Nikishka, the hub of Nikiski is near Mile 26.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway.

Sterling

02/25/15

The Moose River gives its water to the Kenai at their confluence in the central Sterling, making this town a launch point for river trips and other outdoor activities.

Kasilof

02/25/15

Kasilof, a town of roughly 500 people, is a hub of outdoor activity.

Seward

03/12/15

The deep, ice-free waters of Resurrection Bay have made the port of Seward an important location for centuries.

Cooper Landing

03/12/15

Situated in the mountain gap through which the Kenai River flows from Kenai Lake, Cooper Landing has picturesque views all around.

Homer

03/12/15

Shortly before reaching the southern end of the Sterling Highway, you will drive over a hill and see a panoramic view of Kachemak Bay, with the town of Homer sitting on its edge.

Clam Fishery Information

Clam Fishery Overview (ADFG)

Tide Predictions (NOAA)

Tides of -2.0 or lower recommended for clamming.

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