Once west of the Resurrection Pass southern trailhead, you enter the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Originally called the Kenai National Moose Range, 1.73 million acres was set aside by President Roosevelt in 1941, and the 1980 Alaska Lands Act increased that acreage to the almost 2 million acres that it now encompasses. It supports impressive populations of Dall sheep, moose, caribou and bear, and has attracted hunters from around the world since the early 1900s.
Highlights of the area include camping along Skilak Lake or canoeing through the Kenai National Wildlife Canoe Trail System. A massive forest fire burned more than 300 sq miles in the refuge in 2014, including much of the northern shore of Tustumena Lake, but signs of life are showing.