Kenai Fjords National Park


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Kenai Fjords National Park,

669,983 acres (271,248 hectares), S Alaska. The park features the great Harding Icefield and its radiating glaciers, many of which descend to tidewater, and a magnificent series of fjords along the coast of Kenai Peninsula, with rain forest, sea lions, sea otters, seals, and varied bird life. It was designated a national monument in 1978 and a national park in 1980. See National Parks and MonumentsNational Parks and Monuments

National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
..... Click the link for more information.
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Kenai Fjords National Park

Address:PO Box 1727
Seward, AK 99664

Phone:907-224-7500
Fax:907-224-7505
Web: www.nps.gov/kefj/
Size: 669,983 acres.
Established: Proclaimed Kenai Fjords National Monument on December 1, 1978; established as a national park on December 2, 1980.
Location:South and west of Seward and 130 miles south of Anchorage via the Seward Highway. The Alaska Marine Highway (ferry) System connects Seward with Homer and Seldovia via Kodiak, providing service to Valdez and Cordova. Bus services are available between Anchorage and Seward. The Alaska Railroad serves Seward from Anchorage during the summer months.
Facilities:Camping sites, visitor center (é), ranger station, backcountry public use cabins.
Activities:Camping, hiking, boating, kayaking, fishing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, boat tours, wildlife viewing, interpretive programs.
Special Features:The park includes one of the four major ice caps in the United States, the 300-square-mile Harding Icefield, and coastal fjords. Here a rich, varied rain forest is home to tens of thousands of breeding birds and adjoining marine waters support a multitude of sea lions, sea otters, and seals.

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From the Seward small boat harbor, you'll take the Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise on Resurrection Bay to see abundant wildlife, including puffins, sea otters and stellar sea lions, alpine and tidewater glaciers, and breathtaking scenery.
This outdoor playground offers a rich variety of activities from kayaking, fishing and hiking to day trips into the Kenai Fjords National Park to observe the glaciers and marine life such as otters, sea lions and puffins.
In peak season, CIRI's tourism business employs over 400 people in jobs that range from navigating Prince William Sound and Kenai Fjords National Park to coordinating naturalist presentations, cooking salmon for hundreds of hungry sightseers and pouring Alaskan-made beers.
As of December 1998, $313 million had been set aside to safeguard 567,000 acres of land, including protection of 30,200 acres that were added to Kenai Fjords National Park.
The northbound Glacier Bay Discovery cruises leave Vancouver to call at Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway and include scenic cruising of both Glacier Bay National Park and College Fjord before arriving in Seward, home of the stunning scenery and wildlife of Kenai Fjords National Park.
In Kenai Fjords National Park, watch for Humpback whales, Steller sea lions, porpoise, whales, harbor seals, bald eagles, and puffins with Renown Tours or Kenai Fjords Tours in Seward.
For most of the years since its establishment as a national park by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980, the 580,000-acre Kenai Fjords National Park in southcentral Alaska slumbered.
Sailing in Alaska for the first time, the intimate Tahitian Princess will debut a new longer "Connoisseur" route that features a number of unique and memorable experiences not usually included on most Alaskan cruises, including the chance to view the famous brown bears of Kodiak, explore the natural beauty of "Alaska's Little Switzerland," at Valdez and revel in one of Alaska's best wildlife spectacles from Seward, the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park.
Tour boat operations are flourishing, visitor numbers at the nearby Kenai Fjords National Park have soared, and downtown storefronts -- some long vacant -- are converting into shopping alternatives for the summer traffic.
Some of the best places to visit in Alaska for sea kayaking include Kachemak Bay State Park, Kenai Fjords National Park, Glacier Bay National Park and Prince William Sound.
The local marketing council hopes to steer travelers into attractions like guided glacier tours of Kenai Fjords National Park and informative visitor centers, such as the proposed sealife center in Seward.
Focusing on bird and wildlife tours to Kenai Fjords National Park, Sheedy began building up the business.