Kenai Today

Kenai’s Community Identity

The City of Kenai’s name and city logo signify a unique and distinctive community with Dena’ina and Russian roots, world-class recreational fishing, offshore energy resources, and spectacular mountain vistas.

Kenai’s motto: “Village with a past – City with a future” – affirms the community’s appreciation for its colorful history and its ambitions for tomorrow.

Kenai is located at the mouth of the Kenai River on the west coast of the Kenai Peninsula. Kenai incorporated as a city in 1960, and it became part of the Kenai Peninsula Borough when the Borough incorporated in 1964. The City of Kenai adopted the council-manager form of government in 1963 and has been operating under this form since that time.

The City of Kenai benefits from a number of social, economic and geographic characteristics. The City lies within a rich natural setting above the Kenai River overlooking Cook Inlet, with views of Redoubt and Iliamna volcanoes andthe distant Chigmit Mountains.

  • A variety of land is available for future growth.
  • The local economy is diversified, there is a well-qualified work force, and wages are competitive.
  • The City government is in excellent financial condition.
  • Residents enjoy a choice of residential neighborhoods and lifestyles.
  • A variety of world-class outdoor recreation opportunities are available to residents and visitors, including the Kenai River, Cook Inlet, State lands, and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.