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McNeil River

The McNeil River State Game Sanctuary and Refuge protects about 200 square miles of wildlife habitat and is located approximately 250 air miles (400 km) southwest of Anchorage and 100 air miles (160 km) west of Homer. The McNeil River originates from glaciers and alpine lakes located high in the mountains of the Katmai Coast. As the river makes it way toward the shores of lower Cook Inlet, it provides sustenance to an array of wildlife, most visibly salmon and brown bears. It was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1967 (and enlarged in 1993) to protect the world’s largest concentration of wild brown bears.