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Nikiski is a city on the Kenai Peninsula of south-central Alaska. The population is approximately 4,300 residents. It's also known as Port Nikiski and Nikishka. This area is traditionally Kenaitze Indian Territory, but was homesteaded in the 1940s. In 1957 when oil was discovered on the Kenai Peninsula, the town of Nikiski grew, as did all of the peninsula. By the early 1960s, several big-name oil-related businesses were located here. Nikiski is only nine miles north of the city of Kenai, and many residents travel there to shop and for other services. The town of Nikiski, on the Kenai Peninsula, lies within a stunning area. The glacier-covered Kenai Mountains run along the southeast edge of the peninsula along the coast of the Gulf of Alaska. The peninsula is also home to Kenai Fjords National Park and Kachemak Bay State Park. Outdoor activities in the area include hiking, backpacking, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, tide-pooling, camping, dog-sledding, flight-seeing, and golf. The Kenai Peninsula is world-famous for its salmon fishing, and wildlife viewing for moose, bear, humpback whales, harbor seals and more. The other main towns on the peninsula, in addition to Kenai and Nikiski, are Homer, Seward and Soldotna.

Surrounding areas: Kenai, Alaska (9.4 mi), Soldotna, Alaska (16.0 mi), Sterling, Alaska (20.7 mi), Kasilof, Alaska (24.4 mi), Clam Gulch, Alaska (31.9 mi)

Nikiski Vacation Rentals




Nikiski Hotels and Resorts

 
Hotels & Motels
Place Bar & MotelKenai, AK9.4 mi.(907) 283-9915
Duck Inn Motel35458 Kalifonsky BCH RdSoldotna, AK16.0 mi.(907) 262-1849
Soldotna InnSoldotna, AK16.0 mi.(907) 262-9169
Aspen Hotel326 Binkley CirSoldotna, AK16.1 mi.(907) 260-7736

Nikiski 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 22°F 6°F 1.35 in. -
February 27°F 8°F 1.20 in. -
March 34°F 13°F 0.95 in. -
April 43°F 24°F 0.83 in. -
May 53°F 34°F 0.82 in. -
June 60°F 42°F 1.16 in. -
July 63°F 47°F 1.85 in. -
August 63°F 45°F 2.71 in. -
September 55°F 38°F 3.91 in. -
October 42°F 27°F 3.41 in. -
November 30°F 15°F 1.75 in. -
December 24°F 9°F 1.86 in. -

Nikiski Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Kenai Municipal airport (ENA) located about 8 miles south of Nikiski in Kenai, Alaska, the Soldotna airport (SXQ) located approximately 17 miles south of Nikiski in Soldotna, Alaska, the Ted Stevens Anchorage International airport (ANC) located roughly 54 miles northeast of Nikiski in Anchorage, Alaska, and finally the Homer airport (HOM) located around 72 miles south of Nikiski in Homer, Alaska.

Nikiski Attractions

 
Golf Courses
Kenai Golf CourseKenaiAK9.8 mi.
Birch Ridge Golf CourseSoldotnaAK16.6 mi.
 
Ski Areas
AlpenglowAnchorageAK59.2 mi.
Hilltop Ski AreaAnchorageAK59.2 mi.
Alyeska ResortGirdwoodAK73.6 mi.


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