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Wilderness Volunteers

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, AK (Jul 14th - Jul 20th 2019)

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The vast Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), nearly two million acres in size, encompasses the large peninsula south of Anchorage, Alaska. The refuge, characterized by diverse habitats covered with high, dense vegetation, was first established in 1941 as the Kenai National Moose Range and later designated a National Wildlife Refuge in 1980. The refuge includes every Alaskan habitat type and protects moose, brown bears, black bears, Dall sheep, wolves and caribou, as well as salmon, trout, and many other migratory and nonmigratory birds.

Our service project will take place on Cottonwood Creek Trail, located within the Andy Simmons Wilderness Unit. This site sits within the 1.92 million acre Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Participants will be boated across Skilak Lake to the trailhead, which is located on the south shore of Skilak Lake on the west side of Cottonwood Creek. We will establish basecamp on the shores of Skilak Lake where there are plentiful tent spots. Participants will construct re-routes and switchbacks to reduce the trail grade and improve local drainages. Work will include creating grade dips, trenches, water bars, and timber bridges. Volunteers will also brush and trim the last mile of the trail. Volunteers will have the chance to explore the numerous hiking trails, abundant scenic vistas, and wildlife viewing opportunities. Fishing and guided raft trips on the Kenai River are offered by a variety of local businesses and are very popular with visitors.

This project is rated as a strenuous project.

Check out more photos from last year's Kenai NWR project in our gallery.

Please note that this is one of the more difficult strenuous projects. Participants should expect to hike ~3 miles to & from the work site each day, with a 2,000 ft elevation change. Come in shape and be prepared to challenge yourself!

Come join us for an Alaskan adventure and give something back to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge!

**Note: Participants on Alaska projects must have paid for their airfare at least two months before the start date and furnish this information to the leaders. We have discovered that folks who do not have firm travel plans by this time often cancel, and these projects are hard to fill at the last minute.


Jul 14th - Jul 20th 2019

Service Project

Trail work to reduce trail grade and improve drainage. Timber bridge construction.

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Free Days

Many hiking trails, abundant scenic vistas, and wildlife viewing opportunities. Fishing, raft trips.


Backpack camping

Project Difficulty

Strenuous : ~3 mile daily hikes to worksite (2,000' elevation gain), digging, bending, lifting, hauling, sawing


Steve Breitbach
Aidalicia Swertfeger

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