The River Center is a multi-agency permitting, outreach, and education center. We have five agencies housed at the River Center that work together to protect and restore the rivers of the Kenai Peninsula, its watersheds, and its fish and wildlife resources:

River Center personnel also work closely with other state, local, and federal offices to further our mission, including: the Kenai Watershed Forum, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and others.

What's Happening at the River Center?  

 2023 Kenai River Flooding Repairs - Apply Online

Did your property sustain damage during the September 2023 Glacial Dammed Lakes release? We have streamlined the permitting process so you can begin repairing damages as soon as possible. Apply for your permits online at 

  • Shortened application process
  • No permit fees
  • Expedited review

Kenai River Inundation Maps

How deep is the water on your property? Check out these inundation maps below:

Skilak Reach RM 50 - 40 (Skilak outlet to Bings Landing)

Layer name 431.7 432.7 433.7 434.7 435.7 436.2 436.7 437.7 438.7 439.7 440.7
River stage (ft) 10 11 12 13 14 14.5 15 16 17 18 19


Soldotna Reach RM 40 - 0 (Bings Landing to Cook Inlet)

Layer Name 49.4 50.4 51.4 51.9 52.4 53.4 54.4 55.4 56.4 57.4
River stage (ft) 9 10 11 11.5 12 13 14 15 16 17


FEMA Floodplain Map Update

KPB has been working with FEMA to update the Kenai River's regulatory floodplain maps, also known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps or FIRM's. The preliminary maps were released in January 2023. The final, effective maps are expected in the Fall 2024.

Want to learn more?

Visit the KPB Flood Map Update page!