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Survey garners comments about how to manage Kenai

Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2003

One hundred and seven people completed written comments as part of the State Parks 2002 Kenai River Recreation Use Impact Monitoring Project. Comments ranged from accounts of the day's fishing to suggestions on how to manage the Kenai River.

Here's a sample of some comments shared by survey participants:

"Save the river, it is being used to death! Be creative to save the fish."

"Certain areas were very crowded and I think limit guides to residents only and numbers."

"Liked most: catching fish. Least: crowding."

"I'm just a visitor and can't dictate what happens to the locals. This is my third time out and people here are much more courteous than people in Colorado."

"Take out-of-staters out of guide boats."

"Tell the truth in the tourist info about conditions! (Crowded!) ...For as crowded as it was the guides and people were very courteous."

"Guide boats must be limited -- the least enjoyable part of my river experience is the number of guides. To ensure the continuation of not only private users but actual targeted escapement of spawning fish, the guides must be limited."

"Good friends. Good fishing. Good weather."

"To guide on this river you must be an Alaska resident that qualifies for the permanent dividend fund."

"My son, 9, caught his first red salmon today!! It was great."



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