in the Kenai Peninsula Borough
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- (kuh see' loff)
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Geography and Climate
- Kasilof is located on the east shore of Cook Inlet on the Kenai Peninsula. It lies on the Sterling Highway, 12 miles south of the City of Kenai.
- Winter temperatures range from 14 to 27 °F; summer temperatures vary from 45 to 65 °F. Average annual precipitation is 24 inches.
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History and Culture
- Kasilof was the site of the first salmon cannery in Cook Inlet, constructed in 1882. Early residents were fishermen, imported from San Francisco by the cannery, who settled along the river. They augmented their fishing income with trapping and big game guiding ? Kasilof was a destination for big game hunters from the late 1890s into the 1930s. Fox farming provided opportunity to the existing residents and new settlers in Kasilof beginning in 1920. Homesteading after WWII brought an influx of newcomers to Kasilof, many of whom came intending to farm but ended up working in the salmon fishing industry.
- Kasilof is a community on the Kasilof River with an elementary school, a public library (established in 1961) and a historical museum. Most residents are non-Native and a high percentage engage in commercial fishing and/or sportfishing pursuits.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Kasilof lies on the Sterling Highway, which provides road access to Anchorage, 162 road miles to the north. The state owns and operates a gravel airstrip, and there are three additional private airstrips in the vicinity. The nearest airport with scheduled commercial service is approximately 20 road miles north in the City of Kenai, which also offers docking facilities. At Kasilof, there is a boat launch on the Kasilof River, and DNR is planning the addition of a second boat launch to facilitate sport fishing on the lower Kasilof River.
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