Kenai Fjords National Park
What to Do
Authorized commercial guides provide camping, fishing, and kayaking services. Air charters, available in Seward or Homer, fly over the coast for sightseeing and access to the fjords. Boat tours and boat charters are available from Seward. In summer boat tours ply the coast observing calving glaciers. seabirds, and marine mammals. Boat charters offer overnight fjord trips and fishing trips to the fjords and Resurrection Bay. Saltwater fish include halibut, lingcod, and a variety of rockfish; freshwater fish include Dolly Varden and silver, red, chum, King, and pink salmon.
This rugged wilderness requires good physical condition, proper equipment. and reasonable precautions. If planning a backcountry trip without a guide, get current specific information from the park staff before setting out. To challenge the Harding Icefield, be prepared to face sudden storms, high winds, blinding sunlight, and extreme temperature changes. Winter travelers to Exit Glacier may face deep snow and cold temperatures. Know the symptoms of hypothermia and their treatment.
Bears are dangerous. Keep a wide distance from black bears and brown/grizzly bears. Make noise when hiking, so you don't startle them. Keep food supplies separate from your campsite and equipment. Food and scented items, such as toothpaste, must be hung or stored in bear-proof containers. Feeding wildlife is unsafe and sets up behavior patterns that may endanger future travelers.