Why not start with the town you grew up in? At a population less than 800, Kasilof is a great place to choose should you want some space, privacy, and a good commute distance to Soldotna or Kenai. Services are limited to a small general store, gas station, post office and school. Outdoor activities abound. The Kasilof River is great for salmon fishing – not as famous as the Kenai, but often less crowded. Several lakes and creeks offer great trout fishing. Established trails to the Caribou Hills in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge offer wintertime snow machining activities, and Kasilof also hosts the famous Iditarod qualifying dog sled race, the Tustumena 200.
Kasilof has an elementary school only (K-6) but offers bus service to junior and high schools in Soldotna. As a parent, I can’t really say enough about Tustumena Elementary – at less than 150 students they have a wonderful parent to teacher ratio and even recently won a national award for test scores.
Kasilof Mercantile\Rockys Cafe – surprisingly well stocked small store and cafe with great food.
Kasilof Riverview Tesoro – gas station, liquor store, sundries