Moose Viewing at the Kenai River Estuary

The Kenai River meanders through a sweeping salt marsh and wetland on its final five-mile journey to its mouth on Cook Inlet. While more well known for its immense flocks of migrating birds and the presence of a small herd of caribou, the estuary also draws moose into the open.

Where Will You Find The Most Moose?

During the green season, try dawn or dusk, and use binoculars or scopes to scan edge habitat where the sedge-and-grass expanse meets the forest. During winter, moose will browse in the open if winds have swept the marsh free of snow. A small park on the south side of the Warren Ames Memorial Bridge gives direct foot access to the terrain with a great view. A viewing deck looks out over the marsh a mile downstream.

Getting There

Cannery Rd
Kenai, AK 99611

In Kenai, go south on the Bridge Access Road from milepost 10.8 of the Kenai Spur Highway. For the Kenai River Viewing Platform, turn west on Boat Launch Road after about a mile. (It’s at 1571 Boat Launch Road.) For the Warren Ames Memorial Bridge viewing area, go south on the Bridge Access Road about 2.5 miles. Parking is on the west side of the highway.

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