Rising Kenai River not expected to flood

Oct 5, 2021

A dammed lake behind Slikak Glacier is releasing, causing water levels in the Kenai River to rise.
Credit NOAA

Residents along the banks of the middle and lower Kenai River should prepare for elevated water levels in the next few days. The Skilak Glacier dammed lake started releasing Friday and that extra water is making its way downriver. The National Weather Service predicts the water level will crest at the outlet of Skilak Lake and the low-lying Kenai Keys area Wednesday or Thursday. The river is expected to be bank full but flooding is not expected. Water level observation and predictions can be found on the National Weather Service webpage.