Centennial Lake State Recreation Site
Centennial Park is a bit of “wilderness in the city”. It is a very large wooded park with over a mile of frontage on the Kenai River. The campground was first built in the early 1980s, and was expanded to include a boat launch and additional campsites throughout the next decades. New restrooms and fish cleaning stations were provided in 2011. Fish stairs and boardwalks were re-designed and installed in 2013, which greatly improved the natural habitat for plants, fish, and other animals along the river.
The park has over 176 designated campsites. Some are along the river; all come with picnic tables, fire pits and lots of trees for added privacy. Several sites are handicap accessible, as is 95 feet of dedicated fish walk. Don't despair if your "perfect campsite" is being used. Overflow camping is provided while you wait your turn. Potable water is available at well houses.
Mile 110.5 Sterling Hwy. East on Johnson Lake Road. 0.4 mile to Tustumena Lake Road. Left on Tustumena Lake Rd. 3.9 miles to Centennial Lake Picnic Wayside on the left with parking, unimproved boat launch, and sandy beach.