Exploring Alaska's Kenai Fjords Guidebook

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Top Destinations

Resurrection Bay

Kenai Fjords National Park

State Marine Parks

Day Harbor

Aialik Bay (KFNP)

Northwestern Fjord (KFNP)

Nuka Island

Kenai Fjords Maps

Day Harbor Maps

Day Harbor Maps

 Day Harbor Map

A sailors first visual contact with Day Harbor (right) is usually along the precipitous southern end of Resurrection Peninsula between Cape Resurrection and Driftwood Bay.

Here, the 4 mile-long seacoast echoes with the roar of surf and cries of seabirds against a scenic display of eroded sea caves, rock pinnacles, and massive talus piles. Day Harbor is located 25 miles, by boat, from Seward and has two Alaska State Marine Parks along its western shore.

Upper Day Harbor is semi-protected from easterly weather and is a good refuge when foul weather invades Blying Sound. In summer, good silver salmon fishing occurs near Davidson Point at Driftwood Bay and along the Day Harbor's eastern shoreline between Fault Point and Anchor Cove.
Day Harbor Map

Upper Day Harbor (left)

Ellsworth Valley is a glacial moraine covered plain with a thick spruce and alder forest, punctuated by patches of lichen-covered clearings. The beach has a grand view down Day Harbor.

The glacial stream, at the west end of the beach, marks the best hiking route to Ellsworth Lake. A loosely marked trail (survey tape) lies along the stream's east bank and leads toward the south shore of the glacier lake. Expect to see floating and grounded icebergs in the lake. The glacier's ice terminus is wild and raw looking from recent deglaciation.



Bootleg Cove Map

Bootleg Cove (right)

A local legend claims that during the prohibition era, a Seward saloon owner operated a secret whiskey distilling operation in Bootleg Cove.

The remains of the illegal bootleg operation have long since been buried by moss but were to have existed at the head of the cove near the tiny stream. Hikers can reach the lagoon from the head of Bootleg Cove by bushwhacking 100 yards across the wooded peninsula to the lagoon's shore. In fall, chum salmon enter the lagoon to spawn. Black bears and river otters are commonly seen in the lagoon area.

See: Day Harbor Photos.