Competitive Lease  Program

Kenai River


Sterling is located on the Sterling Highway at the junction of the Moose and Kenai Rivers, 18 miles east of the City of Kenai. Sterling falls within the gulf coast transitional climate zone, characterized by a semi-arid atmosphere, long, cold winters, and mild summers.

The Kenai River is the predominant attraction on the Kenai Peninsula. It is the most heavily fished river in Alaska. In recent years, an average of 275,000 angler-days of participation have been recorded.

Trust lease parcel 9200355 is located  in the middle segment of the Kenai River. The outlet of Skilak Lake to the community of Soldotna is referred to as the “Middle River.”


Parcel 9200355

  • 9.075 acres
  • Mental Health Trust Parcel Number: SM-0595 and SM-0596
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough Tax ID: 06518102 & 06518103
  • Located in Sections 22 and 27, Township 5 North, Range 8 West, Seward Meridian, Alaska
  • Survey: Lots 19A and 19B, EPF 36-27.
  • Minimum Annual Rent Bid: $90,000.00
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A private driveway extends southeast from Kenai Keys Road across Cook Inlet Region (CIRI) land to several private properties along the river. The KPB (Road Service Area Department) reported that while the driveway is recognized as Limit Out Drive, it is not a platted right-of-way nor publicly maintained. The CIRI Land and Resource Department could not confirm its status but routinely permit access across their lands. The Kenai River is a navigable waterway. Motorized boats are limited to 50-horsepower.


The parcel has unobstructed views of the Kenai River.

Municipal Authority

The parcel is in the Kenai Peninsula Borough (KPB) and is subject to real property taxation. The KPB has platting authority for subdivisions and has implemented a Coastal Management Plan (CMP); however, the management plan is primarily an advisory opinion related to projects on the Kenai River to the 400’ elevation mark.


33’ federal section line easements may exist on the north and south sides of the section line that bisects the parcel. There are no other known easements on the parcel.

Water Frontage & Shape

The parcel is approximately 660’ wide. The diagonal frontage on the main river and a side-channel approximates 800’.

The shape is irregular.

Improvements or Trespass

None observed.

Public Restrictions

The parcel is located within the boundaries of the Kenai Peninsula Borough (KPB) but outside any city limits; the area is un-zoned.

Environmental Restrictions

Subject to Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation regulations for on-site water and waste-water disposal systems

Conservation Restrictions

The lot is not in a federal or state park or conservation unit.

Private Restrictions

We are not aware of any private restrictions.

Other Restrictions

Other restrictions related to navigable waters may apply.


Electricity is on-site (overhead line). An overhead electric line extends from Kenai Keys Road across the north east corner of the parcel to Limit Out Drive.


Level to hilly wooded uplands with moderate slope to the river.


According to the National Wetlands Inventory, the parcel has a minor area of Estuarine and Marine Wetland. According to the USGS Topographic map there does not appear to be any freshwater sources on the parcel.


The parcel is located outside of classified wetlands. Soils appear to be adequate for improved uses.


The parcel is vegetated with a mixture of non-merchantable spruce, birch, and aspen.

Flood Plain

According to FEMA Flood Map 0200122070A, effective 5/19/1981, areas of 100-year flood (Zone A3) narrowly parallel the riverbank, the parcel’s south boundary lie within Zone C (areas of minimal flooding).


Most of south-central Alaska is classified in “seismic zone 4”. Permitting agencies typically recognize this zone in its application of the uniform building code.

Environmental Issues

None reported or noted


The parcel is un-zoned and the topographic conditions are favorable – suitable for rural residences. With ±800’ of river frontage, the parcel appears to be suitable for subdivision and/or improved uses.


Trust lease parcel 9200355 is located approximately 13 miles east of Soldotna just outside the boundaries of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (KNWR), which draws a half a million visitors a year, more than any other wildlife refuge in Alaska. Off-Road and All-Terrain vehicles (ORVs/ATVs) are prohibited in the Refuge, but snow-machines can operate between December 1 and April 30 - subject to adequate snow cover as determined by the Refuge Manager.

Maps & Survey

  • EPF 36-27

Note: Maps included are for graphic representation only and are intended to be used as a guide. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to review recorded subdivision plats/maps, surveys, and plat notes for specific information on easements, building setbacks, or other restrictions that will affect any individual parcel. Information is made available at the Department of Natural Resources Public Information Centers or on the web at:

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