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Refuge Notebook: Local kids do big work

...restore all the work that was put into the cabin in the past. Another highlight of the summer was spending time in the Swan Lake and Swanson River canoe trails. Using hand tools, we reconstructed degraded portage trails, as well as rehanging missing...
Refuge Notebook: At a loss for what to do? Camping opportunitites galore

...Mother Nature. There are over 130 campsites on the Refuge, not even counting the remote sites in the Swanson River and Swan Lake Canoe Systems. Campsites are very popular and fill quickly on summer weekends, but during week nights there is plenty...
Refuge Notebook: The chaga warriors

...asked more about chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) than any other topic. Most easily-accessible chaga conchs on Swan Lake and Swanson River Roads, as well as along some of our more popular trails, have already been harvested to the point...
Tight Lines: Kings make an appearance, lakes heat up

...Wildlife Refuge, accessed by taking Swanson River Road to Swan Lake Road. Details on the canoe trails are available from...on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna."(Lakes) back in the Swan Lake, Swanson area are really hot right now, especially if...
Tight Lines: Access great backcountry angling via bicycle

...Kenai Peninsula that holds burbot, a freshwater member of the cod family. About 3 miles further a long the trail is Swan Lake, which has large populations of rainbow trout, Dollies, and lakers. All three of these lakes have U.S. Forest Service...
Sterling trips, Sterling visitors can explore the Swan Lake and the Swanson Canoe Trail Systems, both of...or multi-day outings. Both the Swanson and Swan Lake systems can be accessed on Swan Lake road, where entrances to the Swan Lake system...
Tight Lines: Dolly Varden or Arctic char, that is the question

...regalia, pirouetting wildly around the canoe ..." This is an excerpt from an early article I did on lake fishing in the Swan Lakes/Swanson River recreation area near Sterling. Since then, my friend, retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist...
What others say: Parnell did well

...System ferries, City of Ketchikan port renovations, a new city fire hall, a new city library, a hospital upgrade, and Swan Lake Hydroelectric expansion.Ketchikan took advantage of the opportunity to build its infrastructure during the Parnell administration...
Refuge Notebook: Are we winning the war on invasives?

...exception of a few remote public use cabins, the human footprint is mostly in the Skilak Lake area, the Swanson River and Swan Lake canoe systems, commercial oil and gas leases, the Refuge headquarters and Funny River Road area, and seismic lines...
Tight Lines: The quiet alternative partnering on many past excursions it's much less difficult to convince him to commit to a paddling trip into the Swan Lake/Swanson River Canoe System. While the swarming mosquitoes and black flies can be a deterrent mid-summer, early season...


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