As of today the Kenai Beach is ranked number 11 for Kenai, but many of the attractions are on the Kenai Peninsula, not in the town of Kenai. The Kenai Beach should be at or near the top of the Kenai list. I live here and one of the reasons we moved to Kenai was access to this outstanding beach. As others have said between July 10 and 31 dip netting for salmon is going on, and its best to avoid the parking lot at the beach (unless your dipping of course). You can watch the action and / or access from S. Forest (left at the next street past beach access on Spruce Street), Old Town Park, or the bluff near the Senior Center (behind Louie's Restaurant).
When coming onto the beach from the parking lot walk left to go to the mouth of the river (about 1.5 miles) or right if you want to go for a longer walk and view the mountains. Bring a light coat as a breeze can come up at any time and be a little cool. On low tide you can drive cars or ATV's on the beach but only to the right (mountain view). I recommend NOT driving on the beach if you don't have rental care insurance. If you do just be aware the tide comes in very quickly.
Before heading to the beach you might want to look at a tide table. These are available online or at sporting goods places. It is a lot more fun there and is easier to walk at low tide. The city has put in many fire pits at the beach and a favorite activity of my familiy is relaxing around a fire enjoying the view, and cooking hot dogs or marshmallows. Firewood is sold at most local stores and so even out of town folks can get in on this activity. There are basic bathroom facilities at the Kenai beach, and typically are pretty clean.
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