exact derivation of the name "Kenai" is unclear, although
it is likely to have come from words of the indigenous Deana'ina
Athabaskan Indians. The most likely candidates are "ken'ey"
meaning two big flats and a river cutback or "ken'e" representing
trees and brush grown in a swampy marsh.
populated, the Kenai Peninsula is 25,600 square miles, which averages
out to be about 400 acres per person.
longest day is June 21 and it's 19 hours and 21 minutes long!
shortest day is December 22 and it's only 5 hours and 28 minutes
tidal range here is the second largest in North America at 38.9
Kenai's weather is relatively warm, due to the moderating effects
of the surrounding bodies of water. From May until September the
highs are in the mid-50's to 60's and lows are somewhere in the
on the Peninsula varies greatly in not only each place, but between
places. Temperatures vary from 80 degree F in the Summer to minus
30 degrees F in the winter. The southern part of the Kenai closest
to the Gulf of Alaska enjoys the moderating affect of the relatively
warm Pacific Ocean, while winter ice in the Cook Inlet causes temperatures
to be much colder on the northern part of the Peninsula.