Additional Campgrounds Reopened On The Refuge

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Additional campgrounds on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge have been reopened Thursday, due to reduced fire danger and winding down of fire operations on the Swan Lake Fire. Facilities Currently Closed Due to the Swan Lake FireCampgroundsUpper Skilak CampgroundLower Skilak CampgroundPetersen Lake CampgroundKelly Lake CampgroundJean Lake CampgroundLower Ohmer Lake CampgroundEngineer Lake CampgroundTrailsKenai River TrailHideout TrailSeven Lakes TrailMarsh Lake TrailSkyline TrailFuller Lakes TrailSurprise Creek TrailCabinsKelly Lake CabinEngineer Lake CabinBig Indian CabinTrapper Joe CabinRivers and LakesEngineer LakeKelly LakePetersen LakeRoadsMystery Creek Road Although areas will continue to open over the next few months, several trails will remain closed throughout the winter. According to Loranger, sawyers are continuing to work throughout refuge on hazard trees to allow further openings of public use cabins in the refuge. Andy Loranger, Refuge Manager: “The newly open recreational facilities are the Vista Trail, Doroshin Bay Cabin which is on Skilak Lake, Hidden Lake itself and Hidden Lake Campground and the East Fork Moose River; which includes Watson and Afonasi Lakes.” The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has re-opened several recreational facilities previously closed due to the Swan Lake Fire. The designated closure area originally established around the fire is also being reduced to the Swan Lake Fire perimeter as shown on the September 30, 2019 Swan Lake Public Information Map. All lands burned by the fire within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge remain closed. Hazards within the burn include fire-weakened standing trees that may fall without warning and deep ash pits holding residual heat capable of causing severe burns. Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / National Wildlife Refuge-Kenai Facilities Currently Open Adjacent to the Swan Lake Fire AreaCampgroundsWatson Lake CampgroundHidden Lake CampgroundTrailsHidden Creek TrailSkilak Lookout TrailBear Mountain TrailVista TrailCabinsUpper Ohmer CabinDoroshin Bay CabinRivers and LakesHidden LakeWatson LakeKenai RiverEast Fork Moose RiverRoadsSkilak Lake RoadUpper Skilak RoadLower Skilak Road Andy Loranger, Refuge Manager: “As an example, The Kenai River trail, along Skilak Lake Road on the eastern side,  that has been so heavily impacted is just going to take time to get that trail reopened and certainly won’t be ready to open this fall. Skyline Trail is another trail that has been severely impacted by the fire, again that’s out unto 2020.” Below is complete list of Refuge recreational facilities now open and remaining closed as of October 3rd, 2019;last_img