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Centennial Park is a bit of “wilderness in the city”. It is a very large wooded park with over a mile of frontage on the Kenai River, and is separated from the adjacent Regional Sports Complex by a steep wooded slope. The campground was first built in the early 1980s, and was expanded to include a boat launch and additional campsites throughout the next decades. New restrooms and fish cleaning stations were provided in 2011. Fish stairs and boardwalks were re-designed and installed in 2013, which greatly improved the natural habitat for plants, fish, and other animals along the river.

The park has over 176 designated campsites. Some are along the river; all come with picnic tables, fire pits and lots of trees for added privacy. Several sites are handicap accessible, as is 95 feet of dedicated fish walk. Don't despair if your "perfect campsite" is being used. Overflow camping is provided while you wait your turn. Potable water is available at well houses.

If you need ice to cool down or firewood to warm up, stop by the park booth. Pay phones are provided so you can tell everyone at home about the fun you're having, and newspapers are available if you feel the need to catch up on what's going on outside your campsite.

Centennial Park isn't just for camping. There are places to picnic, and don't forget your fishing pole! More than 650 feet of elevated boardwalk and 13 sets of river-access stair units will see you safely to the river's edge, while two boat launches allow you to get your boat on the water. And that is good news, considering this area offers some of the best red and silver salmon fishing on the entire Kenai River, as well as a good chance to hook into a monster King salmon.

Location: 349 Centennial Park Road
Classification: Special Use Park
Deeded: 1966
Size: 121.2 Acres
Campsites: 250+
River Access: 25 sets of stairs to the river, (2) 85' fishing platforms (1 handicap accessible)
Fish Cleaning: 40' 8-station cleaning platform with lights and running water
Boat Launch: 2
Restrooms: 11
Pavilion: 1
Parking: One large paved parking area and two gravel parking areas.
Walking Paths: 6000+' boardwalks and gravel paths, in addition to the campground drives.

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