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Sterling is a city on the Kenai Peninsula in southern Alaska. The population is approximately 4,700 residents. The town of Sterling is mainly supported by tourism, sport fishing and hunting. A prehistoric archaeological site, containing Dena'ina house pits, has been discovered near the town of Sterling. The region of the Kenai Peninsula Borough that is now Sterling was opened to homesteaders in 1947. It's located about 29 miles east of the town of Kenai and two-and-a-half hours from Anchorage. Visitors to Sterling can book guided fishing excursions or hunting trips. There are cabins in the area available for rent, some of them within walking distance of the Kenai River. Camping is also popular, at the Isaac Walton State Campground, which sits right at the junction of the Moose and Kenai Rivers. The campground offers tables, a boat ramp and toilet facilities. There are also extensive canoe trail systems in the area for those wishing to explore the waterways. Other accommodations and activities are available in nearby Kenai or Soldotna, including plenty of shopping and restaurant options, hotels and bed and breakfasts. The town of Kenai also has movie theaters, groceries and Kenai Landings cannery and gift shops.

Surrounding areas: Soldotna, Alaska (10.6 mi), Kenai, Alaska (16.8 mi), Nikiski, Alaska (20.7 mi), Kasilof, Alaska (22.2 mi), Clam Gulch, Alaska (30.1 mi), Kenai Peninsula, Alaska (30.8 mi), Cooper Landing, Alaska (31.8 mi)

Sterling Vacation Rentals

Sterling Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Duck Inn Motel35458 Kalifonsky BCH RdSoldotna, AK10.6 mi.(907) 262-1849
Soldotna InnSoldotna, AK10.6 mi.(907) 262-9169
Aspen Hotel326 Binkley CirSoldotna, AK11.1 mi.(907) 260-7736
Place Bar & MotelKenai, AK16.8 mi.(907) 283-9915

Sterling 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. -

Sterling Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Soldotna airport (SXQ) located about 10 miles west of Sterling in Soldotna, Alaska, the Kenai Municipal airport (ENA) located approximately 16 miles west of Sterling in Kenai, Alaska, the Ted Stevens Anchorage International airport (ANC) located roughly 51 miles northeast of Sterling in Anchorage, Alaska, and finally the Homer airport (HOM) located around 66 miles southwest of Sterling in Homer, Alaska.

Sterling Attractions

Golf Courses
Birch Ridge Golf CourseSoldotnaAK10.5 mi.
Kenai Golf CourseKenaiAK16.5 mi.
Ski Areas
AlpenglowAnchorageAK55.3 mi.
Hilltop Ski AreaAnchorageAK55.3 mi.
Alyeska ResortGirdwoodAK60.8 mi.

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