KNWR Most Profitable Refuge Studied

Posted: November 7, 2013 at 12:45 pm

A report released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge as the most profitable of the 16 national refuges studied in Alaska.


The data was collected from October 1, 2010 to September 31, 2011 and revealed over 570,000 visitors to the refuge, generating $113 million. Visitors engaged in camping, hiking, canoeing, wildlife viewing, and wilderness horseback riding.


For every $1 spent on the refuge, it returned $27, a much better ratio that the 1:3 ratio in the Kodiak refuge or 1:5 in the Togiak.


Alaska’s sixteen refuges are part of the National Wildlife Refuge System managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. To find out more about the National Wildlife Refuge System, go to:

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2 Comments to “KNWR Most Profitable Refuge Studied”

  • Another Kenai Resident says:

    Somehow overlooked in this news report is that sport fishing is an important activity on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

    In fact, the report states that sport fishing is the most popular activity on the Refuge, accounting for 43 percent of the recreational visits and it generates 64 percent of the total expenditures.

    Simple oversight…

  • Catie Quinn says:


    The list of activities came directly from the U .S. Fish and Wildlife Service, without addition or subtraction.