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    Seems like I heard a year or so ago that the Feds were restricting camping on the upper Kenai to designated sites. Does anyone know if there is any truth to that? I don't want to run afoul of the law by unrolling my sleeping bag in the wrong place.
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    Here's a link to the DNR page on KRSMA. It states "developed campsites" but I have no idea what they mean by that. Probably best to give them a call.

    http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/kenairiv.htm

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    It's a Refuge deal. Follow the link here and the map of them is under the "Regulations". https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Kenai/map.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben XCR View Post
    It's a Refuge deal. Follow the link here and the map of them is under the "Regulations". https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Kenai/map.html
    Not seeing anything regarding prohibited camping. I have contacted the state and feds without any clear answer. The one person that is supposed to know with the feds was not in when I called. I'm surprised (or not) that there is only one person capable of answering my question.
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    I think I read something a few years back that said you couldn't camp within so much distance, not sure what it was, of the river. The KRSMA link the gentleman provided above does say no camping except in designated areas. The link I gave shows those designated areas
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    Here's a link to the PDF with the map and sites. Only 10 designated campsites.

    https://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/Ca...te_2016(1).pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheeser View Post
    Here's a link to the PDF with the map and sites. Only 10 designated campsites.

    https://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/Ca...te_2016(1).pdf
    I saw that one, but it doesn't cover the lake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeRoss View Post
    I saw that one, but it doesn't cover the lake.
    It covers the lake in that in the box insert it states that camping is only restricted to those areas from river mile 73 to it's confluence with Skilak, i.e. you can camp wherever you want on Skilak; provided it's not private land of course.
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    You can camp anywhere on the lake but that does not mean you should! Tough to find areas where its safe to leave a boat, always avoid a beach with big logs is my rule. I avoid the lower shallow end of the lake. Choose your camping spots carefully.

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