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Kenai Fiords National Park on the map. How to get by car to the  Kenai Fiords National Park. How to book a room and its price in the Kenai Fiords National Park

 

Kenai Fiords National Park

In south-central Alaska, near Seward

 

Harding Icefield—300 square mi in size and one of four major ice caps in the United States—is one of the attractions in this coastal mountain park. Tens of thousands of birds breed in the park s rich, varied rain forest, and sea lions, otters, and seals inhabit the parks waters. The 669,500-acre site was proclaimed a national monument in 1978 and established as a national park in 1980.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

Bird and wildlife viewing, boat touring, fishing, flightseeing, hiking, kayaking. Facilities: Visitor center (Seward), trails. Bookstore. Programs & Events: Ranger-led walks (Memorial Day-Labor Day). Tips & Hints:

 

Weather is usually overcast and cool in this maritime climate, and it rains often. May is the driest month, following months see increasing precipitation, and the wet, stormy fall begins in Sept. Expect summer daytime temperatures between 45°F and 70°F. Bring wool or synthetic clothing and sturdy rain gear, including pants, coat, and a hat. Stay on  the glacier trail and off the ice. Commercial guides provide camping, fishing, and kayaking services. Get bear-resistant canisters at visitor center. Air charters provide flightseeing and fjord access. Boat tours and charters are available in Seward. In summer, boat tours ply the coast, observing calving glaciers, sea birds, and marine mammals. Boat charters offer overnight fjord trips and fishing trips to the fjords and Resurrection Bay. Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Nov.-Jan.

 

FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES

Camping: In the Park: Exit Glacier (Exit Glacier Rd., 3 mi out of Seward; 12 sites, 1 cabin; free), 3 backcountry coastline cabins ($35) in the fjords of Holgate Arm, Aialik Bay, and North Arm, accessible by boat, kayak, or small plane.  Hotels: None in park: In Seward: Hotel Seward (221 5th Ave., tel. 907/224-2378 or 800/528-1234; 38 rooms; $12-$26). X Restaurants: None in park. In Seward: Harbor Dinner Club & Lounge (220 5th Ave., tel. 907/224-3012; $6-$45), Rays Waterfront (4th St. on the harbor, tel. 907/224-5606; $6-$40). 6 Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Seward: Eagle Quality Center (mile 1.5, Seward Hwy, tel. 907/224-3698).

 

FEES & HOURS

$5 vehicle fee at Exit Glacier. Park open daily. Visitor center open Apr-Sept., daily 9-5. Park headquarters open weekdays 8-5.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

The park is 130 mi south of Anchorage on Seward Hwy. The park's headquarters and visitor center are in Seward's small harbor. Bus and commuter flight service link Seward and Anchorage. The Alaska Marine Hwy. (ferry) System connects Seward with Homer and Seldovia via Kodiak and provides service to Valdez and Cordova. The Alaska Railroad serves Seward from Anchorage mid-May-mid-Sept. Exit Glacier can be reached in summer by car on an 8-mi paved road and a short trail. The Harding Icefield is accessible by air or trail. Air and boat charters provide access to the fjords.

 

CONTACTS

Park Headquarters, Kenai Fjords National Park (Box 1727, Seward, AK 99664-1727, tel. 907/224-3175, fax 907/224-2144). Seward Chamber of Commerce (Box 749, Seward, AK 99664, tel. 907/ 224-8051 or 907/224-3094).

 

Kenai Fiords National Park. How to get by car to the  Kenai Fiords National Park. How to book a room and its price in the Kenai Fiords National Park