KRSMA Advisory Board

Kenai River Special Management Area explained.
Man fishing on the Kenai The Kenai River Special Management Area (KRSMA) consists of more than 105 linear miles of rivers and lakes, including Kenai Lake, Skilak Lake, and the Kenai River from river mile 82 downstream to four miles above the river's mouth on Cook Inlet. Adjacent to these waters are fifteen state park sub-units and land owned by cities, the borough and the federal government, as well as private and native lands.

The popularity of the Kenai River, one of the most heavily used fresh-water fisheries in Alaska, puts a strain on its resources. In response to increasing threats to the river system's health, the legislature established the Kenai River Special Management Area in 1984 as a unit of the state park system.

A comprehensive management plan for the area, developed by agencies and a public advisory board, guides the cooperative efforts of the land managers. The plan's goal is to protect the natural resources and fish and wildlife habitat, manage the river's recreational and commercial uses, and provided public facilities.

What is the Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board?
The Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board was originally created in 1985 under the authority of A.S. 41.21.510. The original Board was charged with developing a comprehensive management plan for the Kenai River. The original Comprehensive Plan was completed and the Board disbanded in 1986. In 1988, a new Board was appointed to help advise the Department of Natural Resources on implementation of the Plan. In 1997, the Board worked to update the Kenai River Comprehensive Management Plan, and it was adopted in December 1997. In May 2004, the Alaska Legislature passed a bill that changed the composition of the board from what the law had directed in the original 1984 KRSMA statute.

The Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board meets the second Thursday of each month from September to May. The meetings are held at the Donald R. Gilman River Center, 514 Funny River Road, Soldotna and begin at 5:30 p.m. For copies of the latest agenda and minutes please contact the Kenai Area Office at 907-714-2470.

KRSMA Board Meeting Minutes:

April 12, 2018 May 10, 2018
March 8, 2018 February 8, 2018 January 11, 2018  
December 14, 2017 November 9, 2017 October 12, 2017 September 14, 2017
May 11, 2017 April 13, 2017 March 9, 2017 February 9, 2017
January 12, 2017
November 10, 2016 October 13, 2016 September 8, 2016 May 12, 2016
Apr. 14, 2016 Mar. 10, 2016 Feb. 11, 2016 Jan. 14, 2016
Dec. 10, 2015 Nov. 12, 2015    
Oct. 8, 2015 Sep. 10, 2015 May 14, 2015  
Dec. 10, 2014    
May 9, 2013 Apr. 11, 2013 - Draft Feb. 14, 2013 Jan 10, 2013
Dec. 13, 2012 Nov. 8, 2012 Oct. 11, 2012 May 10, 2012
Apr. 12, 2012 Mar. 8, 2012 Feb. 9, 2012 Jan. 12, 2012

KRSMA Committees 

2016-2017 Board Members

KRSMA Committees

Committee Meetings

Action Items:
Committee Purposes & Objectives
Criterion for Public Members of Board Committees
Nomination Policy and Procedures
50 Foot Ordinance

Kenai River Recreation Study - Major Findings and Implications - October 2010

2009 Kenai River Recreation Use Study

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Boat Waves on Johnson Lake and Kenai River 2001 (PDF)

Kenai River SMA Comprehensive Management Plan: December 1997

Kenai River Guide Academy

Kenai River Commercial Guide Permit

Map of the River

Kenai River Special Management Area brochure

1982-2011 Commercial Operator Trends

Contact information


Kenai Area Office (located at Morgan's
PO Box 1247
Soldotna, Alaska 99669
(907) 262-5581


Donald R. Gilman River Center
514 Funny River Road
Soldotna, Alaska 99669
(907) 714-2471