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New fishing access dedicated

Posted: Friday, July 07, 2000

At 2 p.m. today, Department of Natural Resources Commissioner John Shively will dedicate new fishing access at Slikok Creek on the Kenai River. Shively will be joined by Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (EVOS) Trustee Council Executive Director Molly McCammon and a representative of Kenai River Sportfishing Inc.

More than 950 feet of elevated gratewalk was installed both upstream and downstream of the mouth of Slikok Creek to provide fishing access at six ladders into the Kenai River for shore fishing. Ladder access and gratewalk is done to protect streamside habitat necessary for rearing juvenile salmon.

Eight hundred feet of riverbank was restored, access pathways from the Slikok parking lot were improved, and six interpretive panels were installed telling the story of the Slikok Creek wetlands, life cycle of the king salmon and how to fish along the streambank without damaging habitat.

Development and construction of this fishing access project has taken three years and was coordinated with the Kenai River Center. Funding was made possible by the Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation's Marine Recreation Project, the EVOS Trustee Council's Kenai River Habitat Restoration and Recreation Enhancement project, and funds provided by the Kenai Classic sponsored by Kenai River Sportfishing Inc.

Construction was done by MTNT Development Inc. of Anchorage, a subsidiary of MTNT Limited of McGrath.



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