Aialik Bay's glacial basin (right) is the top kayak destination in the Kenai Fjords National Park (Map). Hikers can explore the south moraine of Aialik Glacier where the ice terminus is land based but rapidly receding. Glaciologists suggest that Aialik Glacier rested on its terminal moraine (4.5 miles away) sometime prior to 1700. The glacier then retreated into the deep water of the glacial basin. By all accounts, Aialik Glacier has been relatively stable for the last century.
At the mouth of Aialik Bay lies Cliff Bay (left), the shore is sheer rock and mostly inaccessible. The bay's southwest exposure traps the gulf swell that continuously rolls into the bay. The bay is good for a tempory anchorage on a calm day, but no reliable kayak haul outs are available.
Aialik Glacier (right) hovers around Middle Rock, located mid-way along the tidal ice front. The glacier's south side (forground), has pulled back from tidewater and is retreating. At the ice front, where large blocks of ice calve into the basin, baseball-sized framents of ice, under extreme pressure, can dangerously spray outward across the water. It's not safe to approach or paddle near the ice front for many reasons.