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Kenny-Lake is a small farming community located in southeast Alaska in the Valdez-Cordova area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 255. The community is spread out between Mile 1 and Mile 20 along the Edgerton Highway in the Copper River Basin. Anglers are drawn to the area in the summertime for the king and red salmon fishing in the Klutina and Gulkana Rivers. Hiking trails also abound in the Kenny Lake area. The Tonsina River Trail is a well-marked path maintained by the Bureau of Land Management that meanders two miles south through the woods to a picnic area overlooking the Tonsina River. Kenny Lake is also near the Fall State Recreation Area, which is popular for camping - right next to a scenic waterfall. In August, the community is host to the Kenny Lake Fair, which offers local entertainment, lots of great food, arts and crafts and games. Kenny Lake began as a trading outpost for the nearby Kennecott Copper Mines. After the mines closed in 1938, the town was reborn as an agricultural community, thanks to rich, fertile soil of the region. In the 1960s, the Alaska Homestead Act was passed, which brought more homesteaders who built homes and began farms. Kenny Lake is also considered the gateway to the 13.2 million-area Wrangall-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

Surrounding areas: Chitina, Alaska (22.0 mi), Glennallen, Alaska (33.4 mi)

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Kenny Lake Weather & Climate

Southeastern Alaska, on the mainland (but not the panhandle) has a climate greatly influenced by the Northern Pacific Ocean. The classification of the climate is subarctic due to the short, cool summers. Temperatures are mild compared to other parts of the state. The lack of extreme cold or hot temperatures speaks of the maritime influence. While it does not get nearly as much rain as the southeast panhandle of Alaska, it does get more snow, although there tend to be more clear days here. There are frequent, strong southeast winds known as the Knik wind, especially in the winter months.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 3°F -12°F 0.86 in. -
February 14°F -8°F 0.84 in. -
March 28°F 0°F 0.45 in. -
April 43°F 17°F 0.28 in. -
May 55°F 29°F 0.47 in. -
June 65°F 38°F 1.24 in. -
July 69°F 42°F 1.75 in. -
August 65°F 38°F 1.44 in. -
September 53°F 29°F 1.40 in. -
October 35°F 17°F 1.30 in. -
November 14°F -1°F 1.17 in. -
December 6°F -9°F 1.27 in. -

Kenny Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Gulkana airport (GKN) located about 34 miles northwest of Kenny Lake in Gulkana, Alaska and the Valdez Pioneer Field (VDZ) located approximately 59 miles southwest of Kenny Lake in Valdez, Alaska.

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