About The Area

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Kenai Airport

The full-service Kenai Municipal Airport is a seven-mile drive away from your favorite Kenai Lodging establishment. Two commuter airlines operate regular flights to Anchorage and beyond. Charter services also are available. The Regional Flight Service Station is open 24 hours a day, fuel can be purchased at all times and aircraft maintenance services are available by arrangement. Two runways and a floatplane basin accommodate a variety of aircraft. Inside the airport, a restaurant and bar are open seven days a week. Car rental services are onsite, and taxis wait to serve passengers at every commuter flight arrival. We can arrange transportation directly to the lodge or anywhere on the Kenai Peninsula.


Nikiski

Oil and gas exploration, development and refinery industries in the area include ConocoPhillips, Hillcorp, Marathon and Tesoro, along with several support industries — ASRC Energy, Peak Oilfield Services and Udelhoven, to name a just a few. Staying at The Cannery Lodge puts you an easy drive away from the industrial hub of the Kenai Peninsula, but in luxury accommodations you won’t find anywhere in Nikiski.


Weather

The Kenai Peninsula averages 19 inches of rain per year and 61 inches of snowfall, with an average of 135 sunny days per year. Weather in fall and spring tends to be damp, with summers mostly fair and winters frequently cold and snowy from November to March. The average high temperature is around 62 degrees in July, though summer temps can reach into the 70s and low 80s. The average low temperature in January is 4 degrees, and it’s not uncommon to have a week or two stretch of 20 below or colder. We have top of the line indoor and outdoor facilities to meet your lodging needs no matter the weather.


Tides

Cook Inlet is known for its dramatic tidal fluctuations; it has the largest tidal range in the United States and is ranked 4th in the world. Tidal fluctuations can exceed 30 feet, with tidal currents as fast as 8 knots. Winter ice conditions are pervasive and challenging. From your window you can see the beautiful tides coming in and out. The Cannery Lodge offers the the best views for you on your trip to the Kenai Peninsula. By December, half the upper inlet north of the Forelands is usually covered in ice, with peak ice conditions occurring in mid-February or early March. Ice thickness varies between 1.5 and 6.5 feet and can reach as far south as Anchor Point.