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Drift River, Alaska

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The location of Drift River

Introduction ...

Below are places that are relatively close to Drift River.

This page contains five sections:

Around Drift River ...

The largest community within a 50 mile [80 km] radius is Kenai. It is located about 30 miles [48 km] to the east of Drift River. Kenai has a population of 7,800 people.<1>

The next largest community is Soldotna. It is located about 37 miles [59 km] to the east of Drift River and has a population of 4,700 people.

The following is a sample of neighboring communities: Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting in Drift River.<2>

Clam Gulch     [Map]
35 miles [56.3 km] miles to the southeast of Drift River.

Cohoe     [Map]
32 miles [51.5 km] miles to the southeast of Drift River.

Kalifornsky     [Map]
32 miles [51.5 km] miles to the east of Drift River.

Kasilof     [Map]
34 miles [54.7 km] miles to the southeast of Drift River.

Kenai     [Map]
30 miles [48.3 km] miles to the east of Drift River.

Nikishka     [Map]
26 miles [41.8 km] miles to the east of Drift River.

Nikiski     [Map]
29 miles [46.7 km] miles to the east of Drift River.

Ninilchik     [Map]
41 miles [66 km] miles to the southeast of Drift River.

Port Nikiski     [Map]
27 miles [43.5 km] miles to the east of Drift River.

Ridgeway     [Map]
36 miles [57.9 km] miles to the east of Drift River.

Salamatof     [Map]
28 miles [45.1 km] miles to the east of Drift River.

Soldotna     [Map]
37 miles [59.5 km] miles to the east of Drift River.

Sterling     [Map]
46 miles [74 km] miles to the east of Drift River.

Tyonek     [Map]
47 miles [75.6 km] miles to the northeast of Drift River.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Drift River ...

This section has been moved to our Tidbits & Trivia page for Drift River.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a list of several cemeteries that are in the area around Drift River. Our list includes the location of each cemetery, with the ability to see an overhead view of the cemetery.

Websites We Enjoy ...

When we're planning a trip, we like to check the following websites for sights, attractions and places to visit:

For the State of Alaska

Alaska Tourism

Parks for Alaska

Fishing in Alaska

Hunting in Alaska

TripAdvisor Link for:

Alaska Statewide Tourism

Also of Interest:

National Park Service (NPS) sites in Alaska

America's Byways - Scenic & Historic Roadways

RoadsideAmerica - Offbeat Tourist Attractions

Atlas Obscura - Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations

The Living New Deal - Sites in Alaska

Murals of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) - New Deal Art in Alaska

Airports Near Drift River ...

When we're on the road, rather than always picking an airport that is close to our destination, we try to see if there might be another airport that would better fit our travel plans.<3> To help with your planning, the following list of airports is organized by type and proximity to Drift River.

Please keep in mind that these airports were chosen based on their air-distance from Drift River. You should check the map and see how accessible they are when considering one airport over another.

Of the airports that we know about, these are some of the closest to Drift River.

Large Airports

Homer Airport (HOM/PAHO)<4>   [Map]
69 miles [111 km] miles to the South Southeast of Drift River.

Ted Stevens Anchorage Intl.  (ANC/PANC)   [Map]
83 miles [133.6 km] miles to the East Northeast of Drift River.

Smaller Airports with Scheduled Flights / Air Taxi Service

Kenai Muni.  (ENA/PAEN)   [Map]
31 miles [49.9 km] miles to the East of Drift River.

General Aviation Airports

Soldotna Airport (SXQ/PASX)   [Map]
38 miles [61.2 km] miles to the East Southeast of Drift River.

Ninilchik Airport (FAA ID: NIN)   [Map]
44 miles [70.8 km] miles to the South Southeast of Drift River.

Tyonek Airport (IATA: TYE)   [Map]
48 miles [77.2 km] miles to the Northeast of Drift River.

Beluga Airport (BVU/PABG)   [Map]
54 miles [86.9 km] miles to the Northeast of Drift River.

Additional Airport Information

For each of the airports listed below, we've linked to websites where detailed information about the airport can be found.

Homer Airport     [Map]

Airport Identification Code:


Detailed information from:

[AirNav] [FlightAware] 
[AOPA] [FlightStats]

Ted Stevens Anchorage Intl.     [Map]

Airport Identification Code:


Website for Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

Detailed information from:

[AirNav] [FlightAware] 
[AOPA] [FlightStats]

Kenai Muni.     [Map]

Airport Identification Code:


Website for Kenai Municipal Airport

Detailed information from:

[AirNav] [FlightAware] 
[AOPA] [FlightStats]

Soldotna Airport     [Map]

Airport Identification Code:


Detailed information from:

[AirNav] [FlightAware] 
[AOPA] [FlightStats]

Beluga Airport     [Map]

Airport Identification Code:


Detailed information from:

[AirNav] [FlightAware] 
[AOPA] [FlightStats]

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alaska

About Alaska

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Drift River. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Alaska:

Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Drift River.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Drift River) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Drift River. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Drift River

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Drift River. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 60.5917, Longitude: -152.1611     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Drift River have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>When we are planning a trip (for example, to Drift River), we usually look for the obvious: the choice of airlines that fly into the airport, the number of flights, the connections we have to make, which car rentals are available, etc. We also look for sights and attractions that we might find between any given airport and our destination - we do love exploring. We're willing to fly into a more distant airport if we can get the services and amenities that we like. Even though our choice of airport might be inconvenient to others, it usually gives us a better trip.

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<4>The IATA and ICAO are organizations that, amongst other functions, provide identifying codes for airports. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an airline trade organization. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an agency of the United Nations. Although the codes are similar, be careful not to confuse them.

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