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“Wonderful view of the Alaska Range”
Review of Kenai City Beach

Ranked #3 of 15 things to do in Kenai
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Owner description: This beach offers great views of people fishing and the Kenai River.
Kenai, Alaska
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20 reviews
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“Wonderful view of the Alaska Range”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

Turn at the Soldotna "Y" onto the Kenai Spur Highway and follow the Spur all the way through three stop lights on Kenai's main through road. Turn left on Spruce Street and go to the end of the road. There is a large parking lot at the bottom of the hill with plenty of parking most of the time. This beach is extremely crowded in July because of the "dip net" subsistence fishery for Alaska residents. If you are a visitor you would enjoy seeing this fishery. It may be one of the craziest ways to fish you will ever see! Other times of the year you can enjoy the beach for a long walk with grand views. The Alaska Range juts out of Cook Inlet across the water with Mount Spur, Mount Redoubt and Mount Iliamna gracing the skyline from North to South. This is a walking beach not a driving beach. You can also see the mouth of the Kenai River from here. Bring gloves, a warm coat and a hat because most days there's a good breeze off the water and it can be nippy.

Visited June 2014
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Palmer, Alaska
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38 reviews
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“Kenai Beach is amazing at sunset”
Reviewed 27 January 2014

My favorite time is at sunset around 10pm in End of July with the sun framing the volcanoes across the inlet. I love to watch dipnetters and the seals. Port-a-potty stop on way in not one down on beach. Great breeze to watch fishing boats come and go..

Visited July 2013
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Kenai, Alaska
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81 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Five Star Kenai Attraction”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

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.

Visited October 2013
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Columbus, Ohio
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31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Hike down Don't drive!”
Reviewed 11 September 2013

Amazing place to see all the people dipnetting during the Red Salmon Run each year. See it from the top of the bluff (go past the Kenai Visitors & Convention Center on Spur Highway to Forest Avenue and turn left. Free parking at the little park to the left of the dead end street.
Don't try to drive to the beach. there is a long line of serious fishermen. There is an admission charge for cars or parking. It is hard to turn around.
Well worth a breathless hike to see the fishermen fishing and cleaning these huge fish. Take a bottle of water.

Visited July 2013
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Very nice clean beach”
Reviewed 7 August 2013

Drove down to the beach front on a paved road... plenty of parking at the time we visited the location. Beach is very clean and long. Beach is accessible for vehicular traffic. If you're a sea glass collector.... you may not find much or any!

Visited August 2013
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