Outdoor Briefs

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2002

Refuge to host Canoe Day

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will host a Canoe Day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the refuge visitor center on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna.

At 10 a.m., Dan Quick, author of "The Kenai Canoe Trails" guidebook, will present a how-to seminar on preparing for refuge wilderness canoe trips. At 1 p.m., canoe experts from Blue Moose Lodge, Mad River Canoe and Wilderness Way will provide 10 different models of canoes for the public to try on Headquarters Lake. Participants paddling the demonstration canoes will be required to wear a personal flotation device and sign a liability waiver. The event is free to the public.

For more information, contact Candace Ward at the refuge at 262-7021.

Homer planning kayak festival

The Kachemak Bay Kayak Festival is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, May 24-27, and will include kayaking opportunities for paddlers of all ages and abilities in the greater Homer area.

The event is sponsored by the businesses of the Homer Chamber of Commerce, and discounts on lodging, air travel, kayaking and water taxis will be offered in conjunction with the event.

For more information and a listing of festival offerings, contact the Homer Chamber of Commerce at 235-7740 or visit its Web site at www.homeralaska.org.

Coast Guard offers vessel safety checks

The United States Coast Guard, Alaska State Parks and the Coast Guard Auxiliary are offering free vessel safety checks on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Fred Meyer parking lot in Soldotna. Kenai River rangers, Coast Guard officers and members of the Kenai flotilla will be available to answer questions and offer assistance in getting boats ready for the upcoming summer boating season. For more information, call Bill Berkhahn or Joe McCullough at 262-5581.

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