Sterling is in the Kenai Peninsula Borough along the Sterling Hwy at Mile 81.
The town's name was apparently made official in 1954 when a post office was established here.
Today Sterling, population 3,800, is a highway community with a number of businesses that accommodate the sportfishing industry and outdoor recreation buffs who arrive in the summer. Fishing on the Kenai River and area lakes is popular and there is an extensive canoe trail system. The Kenai and Moose rivers join here and there is a bridge at Mile 82, the terminus of the Swan Lake Canoe Trail, which covers 30 lakes in 60 miles. The Swanson River route connects 40 lakes in 80 miles. Winter temperatures range from 4 to 22 degrees; summer temperatures vary from 46 to 65 degrees. The average annual precipitation is 20 inches.
Sterling Days, held in July, features the Moose River Raft Race. There also are oil fields in the area, which is part of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
RV campgrounds and dealers Bing Brown's RV Park & Motel |
Shopping Campbell Handmade Knives |
Wildlife Viewing Windsong Wilderness Retreat |
Sterling Alaska 99672
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Great Alaska Sportsman Show Anchorage AK March28 The Great Alaska Sportsman Show is one of America's most unusual gatherings of men and women who love the great outdoors and the Alaska vendors, exhibitors and experts who seek to equip and prepare them for a season afield.
The four-day show draws sell-out crowds of people who care passionately about fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, climbing and virtually all other outdoor activities.
Anchorage Festival of Music Anchorage AK April14 The Anchorage Festival of Music is a non-profit community organization dedicated to presenting classical music and educational opportunities in music for the people of Alaska. It is supported in part by grants from the Atwood Foundation, Getty Foundation, Carr Foundations and by major contributions from corporations, as well as generous contributions of time and financial support from many individuals and businesses.
Slam'n Salm'n Derby Anchorage AK June7-16 Win a boat, motor, and trailer.
Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon Anchorage AK June22 The Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon includes, a marathon (26.2 miles),
marathon relay (4 X 6.5 miles),
half marathon (13.1 miles).
five miler (5.6 miles), and a
youth cup (1.6 miles).
Bear Paw Festival Eagle River AK July10-14 Located in Eagle River, in the parking lot south of the Garcia's Restaurant, the Bear Paw Festival Vendor Court is a great place to find live entertainment, a variety of great food, and shopping for everyone. Definitely the perfect place to take your family!
Bear Paw Festival Eagle River AK July10-14 This event includes, US Army & AK National Guard Games & Exhibit,
3 on 3 BB Tourney,
Community Service Awards,
Classic 5K Race,
Bear Paw's Got Talent,
Bear Paw Photo Contest,
Bear Paw Quilt Exhibit & Events,
Bear Paw Royalty Pageant,
Chepo's Classic Car Show,
Community Entertainment on Stage,
Dog & Owner Look A Like with VCA, and much more.