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Local Wildlife

There is an abundance of wildlife around the Kasilof RV Park largely due to the park-like setting with natural areas between the campsites, the forested area behind the park, Johnson Lake across the road and it’s secluded location away from large populations. Moose are the most often visitors. Around the park and on the local roads, adult moose are regularly seen.

There is a female moose that shares her usual twin calves with the park visitors and they have been seen to grow from new born to large calves over the season.

This momma moose brought her calf in to learn how tasty the willow bushes are, and he is affectionately named after KRVP moose mascot Spike.



Although not often seen in the park, there are several small herds of Caribou on the Kenai Peninsula.

They can be seen occasionally along the roadsides, in the meadows and open areas especially in the spring and early summer.



They generally spend the summer months in the cooler ranges of the Kenai Mountains.


Bears are plentiful in Alaska. If you are interested in bear watching, we can make arrangements for you to visit Katmai National Park across from Homer.



Fortunately, the Kasilof RV Park is not bothered by them as long at no one leaves trash and food around for them. We are very careful about removing the trash each day from the park to avoid the problem.  You can help by making sure that your trash is placed in the containers at the Lodge by five each day.


Driving down to the Kenai Peninsula, Dall Sheep are often viewed in the cliffs along the road.  And occasionally they will even come down on the road to eat the salt off the highway.

Be very careful driving through the cliff section of the Turnagain Arm south of Anchorage as sometimes there are sheep and tourists on the highway.



The Kenai Peninsula also boasts one of the premier sea life viewing areas of Alaska.  Many species of sea life and sea birds are seen from the daily cruise boats leaving Seward and touring the glaciers and fertile waters of Resurrection Bay and the Kenai Fjords National Park.  Often several species of whales are seen including Orca (Killer Whales), Sperm, Minke, Humpback and rarely Beluga.


There are otters, sea lions, seals in the waters and occasionally black and brown bears, mountain goats and sheep on the shoreline cliffs.



Add the beauty of the area and close-up views of many glaciers and the boat tours become a must see on your trip to Alaska.  The Park can book trips for you with several different cruise companies and will be happy to explain the differences.

These are but a few of the wide variety of wildlife in Alaska.  Herds of wild buffalo, musk ox and caribou exist in large numbers in the vast plains of the north and east.  Elk and deer are plentiful in the Southeast.  Mountain goats and sheep are plentiful in the many different Alaskan mountain ranges.


And lest we forget our little furry friends, the Spruce Squirrel (we call Boomers) the ermine, marmots, lemmings, ground squirrels and the not so friendly Wolverine and Lynx. 
One nice thing!  There are no reptiles in Alaska except for a very small spring frog.  NO SNAKES!
Images with an astreisk (*) courtesy of the US Fish and Wildlife Alaska Image Library

Two Bull Moose*
Spike Welcomes You!
Adult Moose kneels to eat grass
Caribou along the roadside
Brown bears are seen on the rivers during the salmon season
Cubs fishing from a log
Brown bear cubs play in the river*
Brown bear fishes in local river*
Orca (Killer Whale) spouts
Sealions lounge on rocks
Otters feed in the rich waters*
Orca pod seen from the boat
Sheep on the road
A mother moose leads her calf

Meet the Owners

Jon and Jan Pyle were sweethearts through the 4th Grade of school in Hoxie, Kansas. In 1949, Jon and his parents moved to a farm in eastern Kansas and for 58 years, Jon and Jan were separated. In 2007, they were reunited via the internet and several visits to each other. They were married November 23, 2007 in Copper Mountain, Colorado with all their children and grandchildren attending.

Jan stayed in Hoxie and married her High School sweetheart. They had a dairy farm for several years and then started a Title business in Colby, Kansas. During this time, Jan had three children, two girls and a boy. They lived in Lawrence, Kansas and Castle Rock, Colorado, before moving to Apache Junction, Arizona where Jan managed an RV park. Her husband, Kyle died of Leukemia in 2003. They have 10 grandchildren.Jon moved to a farm near Emporia, Kansas. He married Lindy and graduated college at Emporia State. They moved to California after graduation and had three children, two boys and a girl. Jon worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as an aeronautical engineer and program manager. They moved for NASA to Ohio, Virginia and finally Washington, DC and he retired in 1993. Lindy had developed Multiple Sceloris and was no longer able to get around. They purchased an RV and traveled the US visiting their children and two grandchildren. In their travels, they made it to Alaska for the first time in 1993. Except for two years when Lindy was hospitalized, they made the trip to Alaska for the summer until 2005 when she passed away.

Jon has driven the Alaska-Canadian highways twenty times over the past fourteen years and knows all the routes to make your trip easier. Most importantly, he knows all the sights to see and when to see them. To see an example of their trip to Alaska and returning in 2007, visit ‘Trip to Alaska’ and ‘Trip from Alaska’.

Jon is an Alaskan resident and although he is a ‘snowbird’ spending the cold winter months in the lower 48, he loves the springs, summers and falls in Alaska. He is very familiar with all the summer activities on the Kenai Peninsula and much of Alaska, where to go and when to make your trip memorable. If you like clamming, fishing, sightseeing or boating, he and Jan will be happy to discuss things to see, things to do and will even make arrangements and reservations when possible for you.

RV Pad
Big Rigs Welcome!
The new Camp Kitchen
Moose off the deck
Wildflowers around the park
An eagle surveys the park
Wild cranberries at the Park