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The Kenai Peninsula
Peninsula
is a large peninsula jutting from the coast of Southcentral Alaska. The name Kenai (pronounced key-nye) is derived from the word "Kenaitze" or "Kenaitze Indian Tribe", the name of the Native Athabascan Alaskan tribe, the Kahtnuht’ana Dena’ina ("People along the Kahtnu (Kenai River)"), that historically inhabited the area.[1] They called the Kenai Peninsula
Peninsula
Yaghanen ("the good land").[2]

Contents

1 Geography 2 Towns and cities 3 Transportation 4 Climate 5 Natural resources and economy 6 References

Geography[edit]

Tern lake on the Kenai Peninsula

The peninsula extends approximately 150 miles (240 km) southwest from the Chugach Mountains, south of Anchorage. It is separated from the mainland on the west by Cook Inlet
Cook Inlet
and on the east by Prince William Sound. Most of the peninsula is part of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Gerasim Izmailov was the first European man to explore and map the peninsula in 1789, though Athabaskan
Athabaskan
and Alutiiq
Alutiiq
Native groups have lived on the peninsula for thousands of years. The glacier-covered Kenai Mountains, rising 7,000 feet (2,100 m), run along the southeast spine of the peninsula along the coast of the Gulf of Alaska. Much of the range is within Kenai Fjords National Park. The northwest coast along the Cook Inlet
Cook Inlet
is flatter and marshy, dotted with numerous small lakes. Several larger lakes extend through the interior of the peninsula, including Skilak Lake
Skilak Lake
and Tustumena Lake. Rivers include the Kenai River, famous for its salmon population, as well as its tributary, the Russian River, the Kasilof River, and the Anchor River. Kachemak Bay, a small inlet off the larger Cook Inlet, extends into the peninsula's southwest end, much of which is part of Kachemak Bay
Kachemak Bay
State Park. The Kenai Peninsula
Peninsula
has many glaciers in its eastern and southern areas. It is home to both the Sargent Icefield and Harding Icefields and numerous glaciers that spawn off them. Towns and cities[edit] The peninsula includes several of the most populous towns in south central Alaska, including Seward on the Gulf of Alaska
Gulf of Alaska
Coast, Soldotna, Kenai, Sterling, and Cooper Landing along the Cook Inlet
Cook Inlet
and Kenai River, and Homer, along Kachemak Bay, along with numerous smaller villages and settlements. Transportation[edit] Homer famously marks the terminus of the paved highway system of North America and is a popular destination for travelers who have driven to Alaska
Alaska
from the lower 48 states. Seward is the southern terminus of the Alaska
Alaska
Railroad. There are airports with regularly scheduled flights in Kenai and Homer as well as smaller general aviation airports in Soldotna and Seward. The Seward Highway connects Seward to Anchorage, and the Sterling Highway is the backbone of Kenai Peninsula connecting the larger towns to Anchorage. Climate[edit] The peninsula has a coastal climate that is relatively mild, with abundant rainfall. It is one of the few areas in Alaska
Alaska
that allows for agriculture, with a growing season adequate for producing hay and several other crops. Natural resources and economy[edit] The peninsula also has natural gas, petroleum, and coal deposits, as well as abundant commercial and personal-use fisheries. Tourism
Tourism
is a major industry, along with outfitting and guiding services for hunters and fishers. The Kenai Peninsula
Peninsula
is known as "Alaska's Playground". References[edit]

^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Kenai Peninsula ^ Kenaitze Indian Tribe

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Municipalities and communities of Kenai Peninsula
Peninsula
Borough, Alaska, United States

Borough seat: Soldotna

Cities

Homer Kachemak Kenai Seldovia Seward Soldotna

CDPs

Anchor Point Bear Creek Beluga Clam Gulch Cohoe Cooper Landing Crown Point Diamond Ridge Fox River Fritz Creek Funny River Halibut Cove Happy Valley Hope Kalifornsky Kasilof Lowell Point Miller Landing Moose Pass Nanwalek Nikiski Nikolaevsk Ninilchik Point Possession Port Graham Primrose Ridgeway Salamatof Seldovia Village Sterling Sunrise Tyonek

Unincorporated communities

Jakolof Bay Kachemak Selo Lawing Razdolna Voznesenka

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 State of Alaska

Juneau (capital)

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Largest cities

Anchorage Badger Utqiaġvik Bethel Dillingham Fairbanks Homer Juneau Kenai Ketchikan Kodiak Kotzebue Nome Palmer Petersburg Seward Sitka Soldotna Unalaska Valdez Wasilla

Boroughs

Aleutians East Anchorage Bristol Bay Denali Fairbanks North Star Haines Juneau Kenai Peninsula Ketchikan Gateway Kodiak Island Lake and Peninsula Matanuska‑Susitna North Slope Northwest Arctic Petersburg Sitka Skagway Wrangell Yakutat Unorganized

Census Areas

Aleutians West Bethel Dillingham Hoonah–Angoon Kusilvak Nome Prince of Wales–Hyder Southeast Fairbanks Valdez–Cordova Yukon–Koyukuk

Coordinates: 60°10′N 150°15′W / 60.167°N 150.250°W / 60.167; -150.250

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 237297782 GN

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