Refuge opens to snowmachines

Posted: Thursday, December 02, 2010

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is now open to snowmachines.

All traditional areas of the refuge will be open. Closed areas include the Headquarters tract on Ski Hill Road, Skilak Loop Special Management Area, Swanson River and Swan Lake Canoe Systems, Wolf Lake pipeline corridor and areas above timberline, except in Caribou Hills. Users are encouraged to contact the refuge headquarters if riders are unsure of boundaries.

The refuge is asking all snowmachine users to avoid areas that still have insufficient snow accumulation. Users should also try to avoid moose and other wildlife whenever possible.

In addition, riders should be cautious on lakes, rivers and streams that may not yet be completely frozen. Riders should also watch for rocks and tree stumps in areas of less snow accumulation.

For more information, call the refuge headquarters at 907-262-7021, online at http//, or visit the refuge headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna.

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