The interior of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is opening up to vehicles tonight via the Mystery Creek Access Road. The refuge and a portion of the Alaska Pipeline Company's right-of way corridor will open at midnight.
The access road is at about mile 63 of the Sterling Highway, and is within the current highway construction area so the refuge cautions that the appearance of the turn-off has changed from previous years.
The Refuge reminds users that the road and pipeline corridor may be closed at any time to prevent surface damage should weather and road conditions dictate, or in the case of fire in the area. And, there may be areas of standing water with mud beneath which prevents the use of two-wheel drive vehicles and may preclude four-wheel drive vehicle access.
All-terrain vehicles are not allowed on Mystery Creek Road or any area of the Refuge.