Like most places around Alaska, Sterling was occupied by native Alaskans in early times. Opened for settlement in 1947, homesteaders made their way to the area and today it is part of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. The area has just over 4,700 residents and occupies 77.3 square miles.
Located 29 miles east of Kenai and 2-3 hours from Anchorage, Sterling enjoys a brisk tourist trade with a focus on sportfishing and hunting. Visitors to the area can book guided fishing adventures or hunting trips. There are cabins in the area available for rent, some within walking distance of the Kenai River. There are also many campgrounds in the vicinity, including Isaac Walton State campground, which sits right at the junction of the Moose and Kenai Rivers and offers tables, a boat ramp and toilet facilities. There are also extensive canoe trail systems in the area for those wishing to explore the waterways.
Other accommodations and activities can be explored in nearby Kenai or Soldotna, where there is plenty of shopping, restaurants, hotels and bed and breakfasts. Kenai also has movie theaters, groceries and Kenai Landing's cannery and gift shops.
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