- Lying on the Kenai Peninsula, just south of Anchorage, the Kenai Refuge provides examples of many of the basic habitat types found in Alaska. Its diverse habitats include ice fields, mountains, rolling hills, tundra, glacial rivers, bogs, large lake complexes, and lowland spruce forests. The Kenai Wilderness protects over half of the refuge lands.
Fire, though infrequent, plays an important role in maintaining the productivity of refuge forests. Moose, caribou, bears, and wolves are common and swans and other waterfowl and migratory waterbirds nest on refuge wetlands.
The Kenai River, running through the refuge, supports world famous king salmon as well as large runs of silver and red salmon. Located only 2 hours drive south of Alaska's population center, Kenai NWR is the most heavily visited refuge in Alaska.
Recreational facilities include 14 campgrounds and access areas, hundreds of miles of hiking trails and wilderness canoe trails, a visitor center, and public use cabins. The refuge is underlain by important oil and gas resources which are being extracted at production fields on the refuge.