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Swanson River Canoe Trail

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  Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
  Difficulty: Easy to difficult based on the length and terrain of portages
  Activity: Canoeing
  Length: 50 Miles total

 Nearest Town:
     USGS Quads:
Kenai C-2, D-2

  Managed by:
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
PO Box 2139, Ski Hill Road
Soldotna, AK 99669-2139


Swanson River Route, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
How to Get There:
From Anchorage, the visitor travels on the Seward Highway and exits west on to the Sterling Highway. Travel westward to mile 83.5 Sterling Highway and turn north on to Swanson River Road by the Sterling Elementary School. Continue on Swanson River Road for 17 miles to the junctions of Swan Lake Road. Turn east on Swan Lake Road to travel to one of the three trailhead entrances to the canoe routes.

Trail Description:
Both the Swan Lake and Swanson River Routes are systems of small lakes, wetlands, and rivers connected by portages varying from a few hundred feet to over a mile. The landscape is rolling hill country (most hills are not over 200-300 feet) covered in white spruce and birch with striking vistas of the Kenai Mountains to the east. Portages vary considerably from dry, hilly areas to muskeg. Most wet protages have been improved with boardwalks for passage, but some still require improvements.

Swanson River Canoe Trail

Last updated on Wednesday, February 6, 2008.
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