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Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Kenai River

Kenai Region

Ciechanski Day Use Area

Ciechanski Day Use Area


★ ADA Facility - No
★ 34 Acres
★ Daily Parking Fee - (see fee page)
★ Toilets
★ Picnic sites

Useful Information

Kenai River Special Management Area brochure


★ Day Use
★ Picnic Sites

The Kenai River boasts major runs of four Pacific salmon species: king, red, silver and pink; in addition to trophy sized rainbow trout and Dolly Varden. Kenai River kings, or Chinook salmon, are among the largest North Pacific salmon, often weighing from 50 to over 85 pounds. The abundant productivity of the Kenai River and variety of habitats enables the area to support large concentrations of bald eagles and many species of migratory waterfowl. Moose, caribou, wolves, bears and other wildlife also use the river system's resources. The area offers prime opportunities for fishing, boating, camping and wildlife observation.

The Kenai River Special Management Area (SMA) consists of more than 105 linear miles of rivers and lakes, including Kenai Lake, Skilak Lake, and the Kenai River from river mile 82 downstream to four miles above the river's mouth on Cook Inlet. Adjacent to these waters are fifteen state park sub units. Other Kenai River land is owned by cities, the borough and the federal government, as well as private and native lands. Please respect all property along the river.

River Mile 15.5. Located on north bank of Kenai River. Site has 2 picnic tables and toilet. Some bank fishing is available upstream at base of bluff. This site is not designed as a bank fishing area and opportunities are limited. Its primary purpose is to provide restroom access for boaters.

River Mile 16.5

Driving Directions:
Seward Hwy South, Sterling Hwy South, Right Kenai Spur Hwy to Warren Ames Bridge.

Mission Statement

"The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation provides outdoor recreation opportunities and conserves and interprets natural, cultural, and historic resources for the use, enjoyment, and welfare of the people."

Accessibility Notice

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Atwood Building
550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501
DNR Public Information Center:
(907) 269-8400
DPOR Director's Office:
(907) 269-8700