Description - *This information is provided by Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation*
This area of the Kenai Peninsula has been occupied by people for over 8,000 years. The plentiful wildlife and abundant salmon are some of the lifelines for people of the past and present. It is believed that Eskimo-speaking people inhabited the area, followed by Dena'inas, whose descendents still live in the area. Russian settlers built Ft. George in the Kasilof area in 1786. Today about 1,000 people from a variety of cultures live in the area.
Moose, black and brown bear, lynx, squirrels, hares and other creatures are plentiful in all of these areas. Enjoy and respect them for this is their home. Please help them by not feeding them and keeping a clean camp.
- It is a popular summer recreational destination. Camping, wildlife viewing, scenic views, and fishing at the Kasilof River and at Johnson Lake are some of the reasons why.
Recreation - There are 80 campsites and 36 day use parking sites. Crooked Creek SRS is most popular in May and June for king salmon fishing from the bank of the Kasilof River. Additional fisheries include a small steelhead run in the spring and fall, and Dolly Varden, sockeye and silver salmon in the summer.
Climate - The climate in Alaska varies with terrain and region. The south-central region of the state is most temperate because it is protected from cold northern winds by the Alaska Range. The large bodies of water that lies closely to this area create a stabilizing factor for the air temperature. Southeast Alaska is wet. An average of 80 inches of rain comes to this region directly from the Gulf of Alaska.
In contrast to the southeastern region, the interior receives very little precipitation. The winters are long in this region with spring, summer and fall taking place from May through September. The western coast of Alaska experiences long, cold winters and short, chilly summers. This area is very far north and at the mercy of huge water bodies that don't warm. Southwestern Alaska experiences foggy, wet summers with high temperatures reaching 60 degrees F. Winters are severe on this long peninsula of land with storms rising from the surrounding waters frequently. The average rainfall for the region is 75 inches/year.
The town of Kasilof is located fifteen miles south of Soldotna along the Sterling Highway on the Kenai Peninsula.