Kenai Chamber of Commerce
402 Overland Ave, kenai, AK 99611
Local (907) 283-7989 Fax (907) 283-7183
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Welcome to Kenai
Home to 7,500 people today, Kenai boasts a rich history
founded upon a wealth of natural resources. Settled in
1791 by Russian fur traders, the city is centrally located on
the Kenai Peninsula, overlooking the mouth of the Kenai
River. We invite you to take a stroll on our sandy beaches
commanding a spectacular view of Cook Inlet, experience
our history and culture by taking a walking tour through Old
Town, or enjoy some of the best fishing around on the world
famous Kenai River. Our community awaits you with
delicious dining, comfortable accommodations and
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The Kenai Chamber of Commerce has been serving the business community for 55 years! We strive to promote economic development, stimulate job
growth and faster positive relationships between business and community for the benefit of Kenai.
Join us at our weekly luncheons for information on business and our local economy. Every Wednesday from 12pm-1pm at the Kenai Merit Inn.
Kenai, home to 7,500 people today boasts a rich history founded upon a wealth of natural resources.
Settled in 1791 by Russian fur traders, the city overlooks the mouth of the Kenai River, commanding a
spectacular view of Cook Inlet. With 28.5 square miles of incorporated city land, located between the
scenic Kenai Mountains, and the towering Alaska Range across the Inlet, Kenai is the largest city in the
Kenai Peninsula Borough. The city offers its services to an additional 25,000 permanent residents of the
Central Peninsula area.
Commercial fishing, tourism, and oil-related industries all combine to make Kenai an economically diverse
and stable environment for new business and industry.
Only a few years after the United States purchased Alaska in 1876 the first canneries were built. The
Americans began to capitalize upon the large salmon runs that fed the Kenaitze Indians for centuries.
The descendants of those early salmon continue to return each summer, providing the community with a
vital source of local revenue. Thousands of people are employed to support the operation of a large drift
gillnet fleet and the many setnet sites harvesting the salmon.
Tourism and outdoor recreation bring an influx of temporary residents to the city during the months of May through September. The number of visitors
grows each year as more people discover the Alaskan wonderland of outdoor recreation. Ninety-three feet about sea level, Kenai’s terrain is forested and
level, and is laced with streams and lakes. Easily available are opportunities for fishing, camping, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, skiing, hunting and more.
Kenai provides many comfortable amenities and caters to its visitors with the true Alaskan spirit of warmth and welcome.
The large quantities of oil and natural gas located near Kenai provide a stable economic base for the community throughout the year. The city encourages
the development of oil and gas recovery and supports the related industries serving these venues.
By virtue of its incomparable surroundings and plentiful natural resources, Kenai offers the conveniences of the city in a uniquely Alaskan climate. Its
atmosphere embraces new interests and growth, while maintaining the virtues of an intimate Alaskan community still in touch with its past.