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Kenai is one of the largest cities located on the Kenai Peninsula in southern Alaska. The population is approximately 7,900. The Kenai Peninsula extends about 150 miles southwest from the Chugach Mountains, south of Anchorage. It's separated from the mainland on the west by Cook Inlet and on the east by Prince William Sound. Kenai was named an All-America City in 1992 and again in 2011 by the National Civic League. Kenai is situated where the Kenai River meets Cook Inlet. It's surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery and has a rich history of Alaskan Native and Russian settlements and culture. The Kenai River is famous for its' world-class King Salmon fishing. Other activities on the Kenai Peninsula include hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, tide-pooling, camping, dog-sledding, flight-seeing, and golf. The Kenai Peninsula is quintessential Alaska - stunning glacier-covered mountains, four live volcanoes, pristine rivers and lakes. Wildlife viewing is unlike anyplace else in the U.S., and includes sea otters, sea lions, humpback and orca whales, harbor seals, moose, bear, and more. The peninsula is also home to Kenai Fjords National Park and Kachemak Bay State Park. Kenai is about 150 miles from Anchorage. Other towns on the peninsula include Homer, Seward and Soldotna.

Surrounding areas: Soldotna, Alaska (8.2 mi), Nikiski, Alaska (9.4 mi), Kasilof, Alaska (15.0 mi), Sterling, Alaska (16.8 mi), Clam Gulch, Alaska (22.8 mi), Ninilchik, Alaska (37.5 mi)

Kenai Vacation Rentals

Kenai Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Place Bar & MotelKenai, AK (907) 283-9915
Aspen Hotel326 Binkley CirSoldotna, AK8.0 mi.(907) 260-7736
Duck Inn Motel35458 Kalifonsky BCH RdSoldotna, AK8.2 mi.(907) 262-1849
Soldotna InnSoldotna, AK8.2 mi.(907) 262-9169

Kenai Weather & Climate

South-central Alaska has cool summers and bitterly cold winters. The summer weather is tempered by the relatively warm ocean waters to the south and the Alaska Range to the north. Summer temperatures rise into the 70s, with occasional highs in the 80s, however night time readings may fall into the 40s. Winter temperatures average around 6.4 degrees F. minimum, but may fall to 20 degrees below zero and rise above freezing later on. September is the wettest month of the year. Summertime weather is typically cloudy, although sunny skies are not uncommon. This region receives about 50 inches of snowfall in the winter. There are two glaciers in the area, the Matanuska Glacier and the Knik Glacier. Wind blows off of these glaciers and funnels into the region.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 21°F 5°F 1.07 in. -
February 25°F 7°F 0.91 in. -
March 32°F 14°F 0.81 in. -
April 42°F 26°F 0.64 in. -
May 52°F 35°F 0.95 in. -
June 58°F 43°F 1.09 in. -
July 62°F 47°F 1.75 in. -
August 61°F 46°F 2.62 in. -
September 54°F 38°F 3.31 in. -
October 41°F 27°F 2.66 in. -
November 29°F 14°F 1.69 in. -
December 23°F 8°F 1.45 in. -

Kenai Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Kenai Municipal airport (ENA) located about 1 mile northeast of Kenai, the Soldotna airport (SXQ) located approximately 9 miles southeast of Kenai in Soldotna, Alaska, the Ted Stevens Anchorage International airport (ANC) located roughly 60 miles northeast of Kenai in Anchorage, Alaska, and finally the Homer airport (HOM) located around 63 miles south of Kenai in Homer, Alaska.

Kenai Attractions

Golf Courses
Kenai Golf CourseKenaiAK 
Birch Ridge Golf CourseSoldotnaAK8.8 mi.
Ski Areas
AlpenglowAnchorageAK64.7 mi.
Hilltop Ski AreaAnchorageAK64.7 mi.
Alyeska ResortGirdwoodAK75.5 mi.

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