TGIF! So, if you’re thinking that an “April Fools Day Fact” sounds a bit like an oxymoron, don’t worry – we hear you loud and clear. But hey, we were trying to be catchy and relevant as we ring in the first day of April 2016 on this beautiful Friday morning. So cut us some slack, will ya?
The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground is where anyone goes that wants to see majestic mountains, glorious glaciers and an endless amount of wildlife. In addition to being (hands down) one of the most beautiful places in the entire world, we wanted to share some cool facts with you all to give you a little history about the 25,600 square miles that make up the Kenai Peninsula.
#1 – Of the 25,600 square miles that make up the Kenai Peninsula, only about 15,600 of that is actually land. The rest… you guessed it – splish spash!
#2 – The highest point on The Kenai is Truuli Peak. At 6,612 feet above sea level, Truuli is the highest peak in the Kenai Mountain Range, situated to the southeast of the eastern end of Tustumena Lake.
#3 – The WORLD record king salmon was pulled from the Kenai River in 1985 weighing in at 97.25 pounds.
#4 – The estimated size of the Alaska state record halibut was from the Cook Inlet in 1989 weighing in at 466 pounds.
#5 – Oil was first discovered in Alaska in 1957 at the Swanson River.
#6 – The average number of square miles per person on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground is 0.3. Compare that to New York which has 0.003 square miles per person.
#7 – The town of Kenai is the largest city on the peninsula and the sixth largest in the entire State of Alaska.
#8 – Homer is the 14th largest city in the entire State of Alaska.
#9 – Soldotna is the 15th largest city in the entire State of Alaska.
#10 – The first cannery was built on the Kenai Peninsula in 1882. Talk about the trail blazers!
Do you have any fun facts about the Kenai Peninsula that you’d like to add to the list? Share in the comments area below!