Kenai, Alaska is just over 150 miles south of Anchorage, which is about a 30-minute flight or a 3-hour drive. Fortunately the drive to the Kenai Peninsula is very scenic. Originally home to Dena’ina Athabascans, Kenai grew with the arrival of Russian fur traders in the late 1700s. Kenai became a city in 1960, one year after Alaska became the 50th state. A small year-round population of about 7,500 people make up the city of Kenai, but in the summer, thousands of visitors pass through. Kenai has lots of shops and restaurants to offer visitors as well as guided fishing, hiking, camping and wildlife tours.

Kenai Alaska

© Kenai Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center

Parks near Kenai Alaska

  • Ciechanski Day Use Area
    • This day use area offers sheltered picnic areas and restrooms. This is a great place to kayak and canoe nearby lakes, beach comb, view wildlife and fish the Kenai River
  • Kenai Municipal Park
    • This day use park overlooks the Kenai Inlet and has a playground, volleyball and basketball courts, picnic areas, grills, bathrooms and beach access.

Three Bears Alaska

Offering all your fuel and grocery needs, Three Bears Alaska also provides a full line of hunting, fishing, camping and outdoor equipment at their statewide outpost locations in Chugiak, Kenai, Meadow Lakes, Palmer 4 Corners, Tok and Wasilla KGB. Three Bears is a favorite place to shop among local Alaskans. You can find groceries, a selection of home goods, apparel and seasonal items too.